skip navigation
Here's how you know US flag signifying that this is a United States Federal Government website

An official website of the United States government

Here's how you know

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

RNC v. FEC (97-1552)


On April 7, 1998, the parties to this suit agreed to dismiss this case with prejudice and to pay their own legal expenses. The Republican National Committee (RNC) had asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to find that the FEC's dismissal of an administrative complaint it had filed with the agency was contrary to law.

In its initial administrative complaint, filed in 1995, the RNC had charged that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had used impermissible nonfederal funds to pay all the expenses of a nationwide media campaign that highlighted the party's legislative proposals for health care reform. Commission regulations require that if a political committee has both federal and nonfederal accounts, then it must allocate its administrative and generic expenses between those two accounts. 11 CFR 102.5. The Commission did not have four votes to proceed against the DNC and, therefore, voted unanimously to close the case. The RNC had filed this lawsuit in response to that vote.

Source:   FEC RecordJune 1998