Independence Institute v. FEC
On October 6, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit brought by the Independence Institute that challenged the statutory provisions governing electioneering communications. The plaintiff claimed the definition of electioneering communication is overbroad and the associated disclosure requirements are unconstitutionally burdensome. The court found the plaintiff’s claims to be clearly foreclosed by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and ordered that judgment be entered for the Commission and dismissed the case. Read more...
FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate
On September 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment in FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate, finding that Craig for U.S. Senate (Craig Committee) and former Senator Larry Craig (Craig), both individually and in his official capacity as successor treasurer of the Craig Committee, unlawfully converted campaign funds to Craig’s personal use. Read more...
Independence Institute v. FEC
On September 2, 2014, the Independence Institute filed suit against the Commission in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the statutory provisions governing electioneering communications. Specifically, the plaintiff claims the definition of electioneering communication is overbroad and the associated disclosure requirements are unconstitutionally burdensome. Read more ...
CREW v. FEC – Case 1:14-cv-01419-CRC, D.D.C.
On August 20, 2014, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its executive director, Melanie Sloan, filed suit against the FEC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Commission’s dismissal of their administrative complaints against the American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS). The plaintiffs allege that the Commission’s dismissal was “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law.” The plaintiffs further allege that the Commission has adopted a “de facto regulation … without notice” interpreting the “‘major purpose’ test” for political committee status “as limited to a consideration of express advocacy (or its functional equivalent) only, conducted during an ill-defined and ever-changing period of time.” Read more...
Stop This Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund, et al. v.
On August 5, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss a constitutional challenge to provisions that impose limitations on a corporation’s solicitations for contributions to its separate segregated fund (SSF). The court rejected the challenge brought by Stop the Insanity, Inc. (STII) and Stop This Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund (the Fund), and upheld the statutory restrictions on SSF solicitations, including provisions that generally permit SSFs to solicit only a limited class of individuals for contributions. Read more...
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