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  • Press Release

Court of Appeals issues opinion in Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC, et al.

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued a Judgment, Per Curiam Opinion, and Order in Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC, et al. (Case No. 18-5239), affirming an earlier opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that upheld the exercise of prosecutorial discretion when a controlling group of Commissioners declined to investigate three administrative complaints alleging that corporate and other entities had been used in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act’s prohibition on making contributions in the name of another. The Court of Appeals concluded that the Commissioners provided a sufficiently reasonable basis for their decision not to investigate the plaintiffs’ allegations.

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.