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Segerblom v. FEC



Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. §437g(a)(8)(A), Mr. Richard Segerblom asked the court to declare that the FEC acted contrary to law by failing to act on his administrative complaint within 120 days after he filed it. [1] The complaint concerned potential violations of the election law by James Santini and the Santini for Senate Committee (the Committee), Mr. Santini's principal campaign committee for his 1982 Senate bid.

In the complaint, Mr. Segerblom claimed that the respondents had used contributions for Mr. Santini's general election campaign to pay expenses of his primary campaign. Mr. Segerblom further alleged that the Committee had fraudulently reported: (1) refunds of these general election contributions and (2) a zero balance for both the primary and general election accounts of the Committee.

Mr. Segerblom therefore asked the court to order the FEC to:

  • Complete an investigation of these alleged violations within 30 days; and
  • Issue certain discovery requests attached to the complaint.

District court dismissal

On December 15, 1986, an order of dismissal was filed by Mr. Segerblom and on the next day the case was dismissed.


[1] Mr. Segerblom filed his original complaint with the FEC on March 28, 1986. On April 11, 1986, he filed a supplement to the complaint.

Source:   FEC RecordDecember 1986