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  • Press Release

District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Jeremy Johnson and John Swallow

April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – The United States Court for the District of Utah Central Division on Friday issued a Memorandum Decision and Order in FEC v. Jeremy Johnson and John Swallow (Case 2:15-cv-00439-DB), granting Defendant Swallow’s Motion to Dismiss and denying the Commission’s cross motion for judgment on the pleadings. The court held that the regulation at 11 C.F.R. § 110.4(b)(1)(iii), which provides that the Federal Election Campaign Act’s ban on contributions in the name of another includes those who “knowingly help or assist,” exceeds the Commission’s statutory authority. 

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.