District Court Issues Opinion in FEC v. O’Donnell
WASHINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware yesterday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in FEC v. O’Donnell (Case 15-cv-00017-LPS). The court ordered that: 1) Christine O’Donnell disgorge $5,701.85 to the U.S. Department of Treasury; 2) the defendants jointly pay a $25,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Department of Treasury; and 3) the defendants be enjoined from converting campaign contributions to personal use in the future.
On September 21, 2016, the Court granted the Commission’s motion for summary judgment with regard to liability, concluding that the defendants impermissibly converted campaign funds to personal use.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.