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Campaign Legal Center v. FEC (22-1976)

Summary

On July 8, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (plaintiff) filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the dismissal of its administrative complaint against Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and Trump Make America Great Again Committee (collectively, Trump Committees).

The administrative complaint, filed with the Commission on July 28, 2020 and supplemented on January 28, 2021, alleged that the Trump Committees violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by failing to properly disclose hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to subvendors and staff made through American Made Media Consultants, LLC, and Parscale Strategy, LLC.

On May 10, 2022, the Commission divided 3-3 on whether to find reason to believe that the Trump Committees violated the Act. The Commission then voted 4-2 to close the file.

The plaintiff claims that the Commission’s failure to find reason to believe was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and seeks a judicial declaration to that effect as well as an order requiring the Commission to conform to that declaration within 30 days.

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