Holmes, et al. v. FEC (Appeals
Plaintiffs Laura Holmes and Paul Jost claim that the per-election limits on individual contributions to candidates violate the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit declined to certify the constitutional questions to the en banc court of appeals and granted the FEC's motion for summary judgment. On April 26, 2016, the court of appeals affirmed the district court's decision not to certify the Fifth Amendment question, but reversed the court's decision not to certify the First Amendment question and to grant summary judgment to the Commission on plaintiffs’ First Amendment claims. Read more...
Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC (New)
On April 22, 2016, Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 (plaintiffs) filed suit against the Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs are challenging the Commission's dismissal of five administrative complaints as arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law. The complaints alleged that several entities and individuals violated 52 U.S.C. § 30122, which prohibits making contributions in the name of another, and thereby evaded certain disclosure provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act). Read more...
McChesney, et al. v. FEC (8:16-cv-00168) (New)
On April 15, 2016, Bart McLeay for U.S. Senate, Inc., and Robert McChesney, in his official capacity as Treasurer ("Plaintiffs") filed suit against the Commission, Matthew Petersen, in his official capacity as FEC Chairman, and the United States in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Plaintiffs allege that a final determination and civil money penalty assessed against them under the Commission's Administrative Fine Program (AFP) are invalid. Read more...
Stop Reckless Economic Instability Caused by Democrats, et al. v. FEC (Appeals Court)
On April 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an order in Stop Reckless Economic Instability Caused by Democrats ("Stop PAC"), et al. v. FEC denying the plaintiffs' petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc of the appeals court's February 2016 ruling in this case. Plaintiffs had challenged the differing contribution limits for multicandidate and non-multicandidate political action committees (PACs). Read more...
Stop Hillary PAC et al. v. FEC (Dismissal)
Stop Hillary PAC et. al. v. FEC was dismissed on March 28, 2016, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, following a joint stipulation of dismissal filed by all parties in the case. The case involved a challenge to the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and FEC regulations that restrict the use of a candidate's name by an unauthorized committee in the committee’s name. Read more...
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