Now that’s a thought …
Republicans don’t have to accept [QAnon conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene] into their conference even if she wins the election running as a GOP candidate. The Republican and Democratic caucuses in Congress decide whom to allow into their respective ranks, and there is no requirement that leadership give Greene a committee assignment either. There have been members — such as King — who served but held no committee seats. They are allowed to vote on the floor and can be recognized for floor speeches, but they don’t have any further legislative duties.
Not allowing her in their caucus or giving her committee assignments would be one way to mark that the disgraced Donald Trump (remember: these decisions would be next January) no longer had the party by the short hairs.
The payments did not seem to trouble Bradley Smith, a Republican who served as an FEC commissioner from 2000 to 2005. “There’s no problem, so to speak, doing business with yourself, as long as you’re not giving yourself some kind of super-favorable deal that the public can’t get,” he said.
Even if a campaign were breaking rules by paying exorbitant rates, there’s not a lot anyone could do about it right now. The FEC, which examines such things, cannot take any official commission action unless at least four of its six commissioners vote to do so. Since Trump took office, three of the FEC’s commissioners have left their posts. Their seats—which demand presidential appointments and Senate confirmations—have yet to be filled.
“They can’t even meet without four members, because four is a quorum,” said Ann Ravel, a Democrat who left her post as a commissioner in March 2017. “They cannot ask the general counsel’s office to investigate anything. So if a complaint comes in, it will just sit there.”