Pursuing America’s Greatness v. FEC (New)
On July 27, 2015, Pursuing America’s Greatness (PAG) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission’s regulations and a recently-issued advisory opinion that restrict an unauthorized committee’s use of a candidate’s name in social media and other Internet activities supporting that candidate. Read more...
Wagner, et al. v. FEC (Appeals Court)
On July 7, 2015, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the provision in the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) that prohibits contributions made in connection with federal elections by federal government contractors. Read more...
Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC (New)
On June 22, 2015, Level the Playing Field, Dr. Peter Ackerman, the Green Party of the United States and the Libertarian National Committee (collectively, plaintiffs) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs claim that the Commission has unlawfully failed to act on both an alleged administrative complaint and a rulemaking petition involving the FEC’s candidate debate regulations. Read more...
FEC v. Johnson, Case 2:15-cv-00439 (D. Utah, 6/19/2015)
On June 19, 2015, the Commission filed suit against Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson alleging that he knowingly and willfully violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by using straw donors to exceed the contribution limits. The FEC seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as appropriate civil penalties against Mr. Johnson. Read more...
Holmes v. FEC (District Court)
Plaintiffs Laura Holmes and Paul Jost claimed that the per-election limits on individual contributions to candidates violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights and asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to certify constitutional questions to the en banc Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. On April 20, 2015, the district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion and awarded judgment to the Commission. Read more...
Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats (“Stop PAC”), et
al. v. FEC (District Court)
On February 27, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment in a suit brought by Stop Reckless Economic Instability caused by Democrats (“Stop PAC”) and Tea Party Leadership Fund (“Fund”), et al. (collectively, plaintiffs). The plaintiffs had challenged certain contribution limits set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) as infringing on their First Amendment rights and guarantee of equal protection of the laws under the Fifth Amendment. Read more...
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