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Appeals Court issues opinion in Libertarian National Committee v. FEC

May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued an Opinion and Per Curiam Judgment in Libertarian National Committee (LNC) v. FEC (Case No. 18-5227). The Court held that the contribution limits of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), as applied to the bequest of a deceased individual, do not violate LNC’s First Amendment rights. The Court also found that the provision that permits donors to contribute higher amounts to certain segregated, dedicated-purpose accounts than to the general-purpose, national party contribution account does not violate the LNC’s First Amendment rights either on its face or as applied to the bequest.

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.