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Common Cause v. FEC (91-2914)


As stipulated by both parties, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed this case with prejudice on July 31, 1992, without ruling on the issues. The FEC and Common Cause stipulated the dismissal in light of the recent court of appeals decision in FEC v. National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). (See Common Cause v. FEC (89-0524).)

Common Cause had challenged the FEC's dismissal of a complaint alleging that the NRSC had exceeded the contribution limits by exercising "direction or control" over earmarked contributions raised in a 1990 fundraising program. See 11 CFR 110.6(d)(2). However, in the NRSC case, decided on June 12, 1992, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the NRSC had not exercised direction or control in a somewhat similar fundraising program that took place in 1986.

Source:   FEC Record— October 1992.