Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari in Stop This
Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund v. FEC
On January 12, 2015, the United States Supreme Court let stand the dismissal of Stop This Insanity’s constitutional challenge to the Federal Election Campaign Act’s contribution limits and solicitation restrictions for separate segregated funds (SSFs). Read more...
FEC v. O’Donnell (Case 1:15-cv-17) (New)
On January 5, 2015, the Federal Election Commission filed suit against Christine O’Donnell, Friends of Christine O’Donnell and Matthew Moran, in his official capacity as treasurer. The FEC alleges that the defendants impermissibly converted at least $20,000 in campaign funds to the personal use of Christine O’Donnell. The FEC seeks declaratory, injunctive and other appropriate relief, including an order requiring Ms. O’Donnell to disgorge the converted funds. Read more...
Stop Hillary PAC v. FEC (New)
On December 11, 2014, plaintiff Stop Hillary PAC filed suit against the FEC
to challenge the agency’s alleged failure to act on its complaint against Ready
For Hillary PAC (Ready for Hillary), Hillary Rodham Clinton, her authorized
Senate committee "Friends of Hillary," and her authorized Presidential Committee
from 2008, "Hillary Clinton for President." Plaintiff asks the court to direct
the Commission to act on its complaint within 30 days and to authorize it to
bring a civil action against the committees if the Commission does not do
so. Read more...
Rufer, et al. v. FEC and RNC, et al. v. FEC
Rufer, et al. v. FEC (Rufer) and RNC, et al. v. FEC (RNC) were both dismissed recently after the parties filed dismissal agreements with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The plaintiffs had sought to challenge the constitutionality of laws that prevent party committees from financing independent expenditures using funds outside the federal source and amount limitations. Read more...
Kuhn for Congress v. FEC
On December 15, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina dismissed Kuhn for Congress’s challenge to a civil penalty the Commission had assessed against it for failing to file a campaign disclosure report on time. Read more...
Van Hollen v. FEC
On November 25, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a Commission regulation governing the disclosure of certain donations used to fund electioneering communications. Specifically, the court found 11 CFR 104.20(c)(9) arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law because it requires disclosure of only those donations made for the purpose of furthering electioneering communications. Read more...
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...
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