BACKGROUND CHECK:

September 19, 2012

She’s the chair of the Federal Election Commission, which was established to ensure that candidates — presidential and otherwise — adhere to campaign-finance laws.

Hunter came to the FEC from the Election Assistance Commission and before that, toiled in the White House of George W. Bush.

She chats with the Loop about what she really thinks about campaign-finance laws and why she still bleeds Nittany blue.

Which cabinet secretary would you most like to hang out with, and what would you do?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – I would love to travel to the Middle East with her.

What’s your favorite non-work-related Web site/app/magazine?

It’s hard to pick one. I’m a political junkie - I like Real Clear Politics, Drudge and the Daily Caller

Fill in the blank: People would be surprised to know that I _________.

Think federal campaign finance laws are overly burdensome and complex.

What’s your dream job?

I would love to work for my alma mater, Penn State. It’s been a difficult year, but the university is committed to supporting the prevention and treatment of child abuse and improving its governance and structure. Penn State is and will continue to be a world-class academic and research institution for which its students and half a million alumni have deep-seeded pride - Go Penn State!

What motivated you to go into public service?

My parents instilled in me a sense of community spirit and involvement. Public service typically allows one to have an impact on public policy and a sense of purpose.

Favorite TV show?

American Idol – no matter what the judges say, it’s the votes that count!

What subject, other than your work, do you know the most about? Raising grade school girls.

What’s the best job you ever had?

Deputy Counsel, Republican National Committee – fast-paced and exciting with a broad array of issues.

I’m scared of______________.

The federal debt.

What’s one word you wish people would use to describe you?

Fair

You can draft one person in the private sector to come work for the federal government. Who would it be, and what would you have them do?

[Reporter and columnist] John Stossel to head OMB – he’d shake things up!

Background Check is a Loop feature in which we grill various government types about their lives on and off the clock. Please send suggestions for future subjects to intheloop@washpost.com.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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