On March 29, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (plaintiff) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging the FEC failed to act on its administrative complaint. The plaintiff seeks injunctive and declaratory relief under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act).
According to the court complaint, plaintiff filed an administrative complaint with the FEC on July 28, 2020, and a supplement to that complaint on January 28, 2021, alleging that Donald Trump’s campaign committee, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and one of its authorized joint fundraising committees, Trump Make America Great Again Committee, violated the Act by failing to properly itemize and report payments to sub-vendors and staff made through two firms affiliated with the Trump campaign. The plaintiff alleges the FEC has failed to act on its July 2020 administrative complaint or its January 2021 supplement, and the Commission’s failure to act within the statutory 120-day period provides plaintiff with a right to file this suit.
Plaintiff asks the court to declare the FEC’s failure to act on the administrative complaint contrary to law, and to order the FEC to conform with that declaration within 30 days.