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Kean for Congress v. FEC


On September 18, 2001, the Kean for Congress Committee (the Committee) asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to find that the Commission's failure to act on the Committee's administrative complaint was contrary to law.


The Committee's administrative complaint, filed on June 1, 2000, alleged that the Council for Responsible Government (CRG), a Virginia corporation, had secretly funded campaign mailings in an attempt to influence the New Jersey Congressional Seventh District Republican primary. The Committee contended that the campaign mailings violated the Federal Election Campaign Act's prohibition on corporate contributions and also lacked the disclaimer required on public communications. 2 U.S.C. §§ 441b and 441d. The Committee also asked the Commission for injunctive relief to prevent the CRG from continuing to engage in the alleged prohibited activity.

In the court complaint, the Committee contended that, as of September 18, 2001, the FEC had not taken any action on its complaint, and asked that the court:

  • Declare the FEC's failure to act within 120 days of the filing of the complaint contrary to law;
  • Order the FEC to bring itself into compliance with the law within 30 days; and
  • Grant any further relief as the court deems just and proper.

Source:   FEC Record December 2001