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Dole v. International Association Managers


On February 14, 1991[1], the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona granted the FEC's motion for leave to intervene in the case. (Civil Action No. CIV 90-0129 PHX RCB.)

The suit was filed by the Department of Labor and its Secretary, Elizabeth Dole. They alleged that defendants failed to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. International Association Managers, Inc. (IAM) and two of its officers were named as defendants. Counsel for the defense took depositions from two former IAM employees who defendants believe are involved in the Department of Labor investigation and in an ongoing investigation by the FEC. When questioned about their communications with the two agencies, the employees refused to answer, citing the "government informant's privilege." Defendants then filed a motion to compel the employees to respond to these questions.

In response to the defendants' motion, the FEC filed a motion to intervene in the case or to file an amicus response to defendants' motion to compel. The court granted the motion, stating: "The interest of the FEC in protecting against disclosure of the identity of informants and the nature of informants' communications with the FEC is similar to the interest the Department of Labor seeks to protect....The interest of the two agencies may not be identical, however, and the court can see no reason for requiring the FEC to rely on another agency to protect its interest."

The court also denied defendants' motion to compel the testimony of the two employees. Further, it granted the FEC's motion for a protective order to prohibit defendants from questioning any witness to learn the identity of persons communicating with the FEC and the nature of those communications. The court granted a motion for a similar order requested by the Department of Labor to protect that agency's communications.


[1] The order was amended on April 1, 1991, to correct a typographical error.

Source:   FEC Record June 1991