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FEC v. Americans for Jesse Jackson


On May 19, 1987, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued a consent order in FEC v. Americans for Jesse Jackson (Civil Action No. Y-86-3766). Americans for Jesse Jackson was a 1984 political committee that was not authorized by Presidential primary candidate Jesse Jackson. In the consent order, the parties agreed that Americans for Jesse Jackson violated the Act in several ways:

  • The committee failed to file a statement of organization with the Commission after it had spent over $1,000 expressly advocating the election of Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. 2 U.S.C. §433(a).
  • It failed to file the required reports of receipts and expenditures with the Commission. 2 U.S.C. §434.
  • It used the name of Jesse Jackson in its name even though the committee was not authorized by the candidate. 2 U.S.C. §432(e)(4).
  • It failed to include, on a mail solicitation for contributions, the name of the person who paid for the communication. 2 U.S.C. §441d(a)(3).

The defendant agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500 and to file all outstanding reports with the Committee within 30 days.

Source:   FEC Record — August 1987