On January 10, 2018, the Campaign Legal Center (“Plaintiff”) filed suit against the Commission in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief against the Commission under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) and the Administrative Procedure Act.
On November 1, 2016, the Plaintiff and an individual, Catherine Hinckley Kelley, filed an administrative complaint with the Commission against Rebuilding America Now, a nonconnected independent expenditure-only committee (“Super PAC”) registered with the Commission, and GEO Corrections Holdings, Inc.
In the administrative complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that GEO Corrections Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of a federal contractor violated the Act’s prohibition on contributions by federal government contractors by contributing a total of $225,000 to Rebuilding America Now in 2016.
The Plaintiff asks the court to declare that the Commission’s failure to act on the Plaintiff’s administrative complaint was contrary to law and that the Commission has unlawfully withheld and unreasonably delayed agency action on the complaint. The Plaintiff also requests the court order the Commission to conform with the declaration within 30 days.