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Center for Responsive Politics v. FEC (95-1464)


On November 9, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed this case.

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and its executive director, Ellen Miller, brought this suit alleging that the FEC acted contrary to law when, in a recent rulemaking (60 FR 31854, June 16, 1995), it failed to repeal regulations that permit publicly funded Presidential candidates to accept private contributions for their general election legal and compliance fund.

The court ruled that the CRP and Mrs. Miller lacked standing to bring this suit. Neither the CRP nor Mrs. Miller suffered harm that could be directly traced to the FEC's action. Additionally, neither one was qualified to bring suit since their alleged injury was outside the statute's "zone of interest" in this case.

Source:   FEC RecordJanuary 1996. Center for Responsive Politics v. FEC, No. 95-1464 (D.C. Cir. Nov. 9, 1995).