Anderson v. FEC (80-1911)
On September 9, 1980, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the suit, John B. Anderson v. FEC (Civil Action No. 80-1911). The court determined that there was no longer a need for a decision either on the FEC's motion to dismiss the suit or on the substantive issues raised in the suit.
In the suit, plaintiffs had sought an expedited ruling by the court that John B. Anderson would be eligible as an independent candidate for the same post-election public funding as that provided Presidential candidates of "new parties," if he received five percent or more of all popular votes cast in the 1980 Presidential general election and met other requirements of the Act. Such a ruling, plaintiffs told the court, would immediately make large bank loans available to the Anderson campaign.
The FEC had consistently argued that plaintiffs should have requested an advisory opinion from the FEC on the application of the Act and the Commission's new regulations to the Anderson campaign before seeking a court ruling. On August 13, plaintiffs did file an advisory opinion request (AOR 1980-96) with the FEC, and on September 4 the Commission issued an opinion declaring Mr. Anderson eligible for post-election public funding as the candidate of a new political party.
After issuing the Anderson opinion, the FEC filed a supplement to its motion to dismiss the suit, submitting the opinion and arguing that it fully supported its consistent position that the case should be dismissed. Plaintiffs, who had opposed the FEC's motion to dismiss, also filed their own motion to dismiss the case as moot.
Source: FEC Record— October 1980