Last Democratic commissioner at FTC steps down

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The sole remaining Democratic commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that she would step down, leaving only one other commissioner at the agency.

Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, whose resignation is set for April 28, and acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, are the only two left at the agency, which is normally staffed by five commissioners.

McSweeny had previously indicated that she would stay at the agency until other commissioners arrived.

{mosads}”There is a long-standing practice at the FTC of commissioners remaining in their positions until a replacement arrives, and Commissioner McSweeny plans to do that, especially in light of the fact that there are already three vacancies at the commission,” an FTC spokeswoman said in December to Law360.

In January, Trump nominated four commissioners to take spots at the agency, but they have not yet been confirmed by the Senate.

McSweeney’s departure comes as the FTC investigates Facebook over its privacy and data collection practices, following a scandal in which Cambridge Analytica, the British research firm used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 election improperly harvested data from 87 million Facebook users.

The FTC could hand the social media company a record fine former FTC officials told the Washington Post.


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