O’Donnell and Campaign Must Pay Penalty for Personal Use (FEC v. O’Donnell, D. Del. 1:15-cv-17)
On April 19, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (“the Court”) ordered Christine O’Donnell, her campaign, and her treasurer (“the defendants”) to pay a civil penalty for violating the ban on personal use of campaign funds. Read more...
Groups Have Standing to Challenge Dismissal of Some Straw Donor Complaints (Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC)
On March 29, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted in part and denied in part the Commission’s motion to dismiss for lack of standing a challenge brought by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 (plaintiffs) that alleged that the Commission’s dismissal of five separate administrative complaints was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law. The court held that the plaintiffs had standing to pursue their challenge regarding three of the five administrative complaints, but dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims regarding two of the administrative complaints. Read more...
District Court Allows Challenge to Administrative Complaint Outcome in CREW v. FEC and Crossroads GPS (16-259)
On March 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the FEC’s Partial Motion to Dismiss and granted in part Crossroads GPS’s Supplemental Motion to Dismiss. Read more...
Independence Institute v. FEC (Supreme
On February 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in this case. Independence Institute had challenged the constitutionality of the electioneering communications disclosure provisions in federal campaign finance laws. Read more...
CREW v. FEC (15-2038) (District Court)
On February 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed a suit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and its former executive director, Melanie Sloan (collectively, plaintiffs). Read more...
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