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  • Press Release

District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Rivera

February 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued an Order in FEC v. Rivera (Case No. 17-22643) on Tuesday, granting the Commission’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

In 2017, the Commission brought suit against David Rivera, a former member of Congress from Florida’s 25th Congressional District, alleging that he had knowingly and willfully made contributions in the name of another in connection with the 2012 primary election campaign of another candidate in the state’s 26th Congressional District. The Commission sought a civil penalty of $456,000, which the district court granted.

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.