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Appeals Court issues opinion in Lieu, et al. v. FEC

October 3, 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday issued a Per Curiam order in Lieu, et al. v. FEC, (USCA Case 19-5072), finding moot the Appellants’ motion to hold in abeyance and granting the Commission’s motion for summary affirmance. In November 2016, Representative Ted Lieu, Representative Walter Jones, Senator Jeff Merkley, State Senator (Ret.) John Howe, Zephyr Teachout and Michael Wager filed a complaint challenging the Commission’s unanimous dismissal of MUR 7101 (House Majority PAC). In February, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia concluded that the Commission’s dismissal of MUR 7101 was not contrary to law because the Commission properly applied the D.C. Circuit’s en banc ruling in SpeechNow.Org v. FEC.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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