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Common Cause v. FEC (92-2538)


On March 30, 1993, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved an agreement between Common Cause and the FEC to suspend this litigation. In light of that agreement, the court dismissed the suit.

In its suit, Common Cause claimed that the FEC had failed to take required action on its administrative complaint filed in December 1990. The complaint alleged that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) had made excessive contributions and expenditures in connection with the 1988 Montana Senate race and had failed to report them accurately. The complaint also alleged that the Montana Republican Party had violated the law by participating in the NRSC's alleged violations.

Common Cause and the FEC agreed to suspend litigation for six months, at the end of which time the FEC was to report on its efforts to resolve the complaint. Under the court's dismissal order, if Common Cause was not satisfied with the Commission's actions on the complaint, the parties would have until October 30 to reopen the litigation.[1]


[1] The October 30 date was extended.

Source:   FEC Record— August 1993.