Public Citizen, et al. v. FEC
On January 31, 2014, Public Citizen, et al. (“Public Citizen”) filed suit against the FEC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Commission’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ administrative complaint against Crossroads Global Political Strategies (“Crossroads GPS”).
Under the Act, a group generally must register as a political committee if it raises or spends more than $1,000 during a calendar year to influence federal elections. 2 U.S.C. 431(4). In Buckley v. Valeo, the Supreme Court said the definition of political committee “need only encompass organizations that are under the control of a candidate or the major purpose of which is the nomination or election of a candidate.” Public Citizen alleges that in 2010, Crossroads GPS exceeded FECA’s $1,000 expenditure threshold and that its major purpose was to influence federal elections.
The Commission lacked the required votes to open an investigation and the matter was dismissed.
Public Citizen seeks a declaration that the Commission’s dismissal of its administrative complaint was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise contrary to the law. Public Citizen further seeks an order requiring the FEC to conform with such a declaration within 30 days.
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: Case 1:14-CV-00148
(Posted 02/07/2014; By Travis Drake)
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