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  • Press Release

District Court issues opinion in Level the Playing Field, et al. v. FEC

April 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Level the Playing Field et al. v. FEC (Case 1:15-cv-01397-TSC), denying the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and granting the Commission’s cross-motion for summary judgment. The court also denied the Plaintiffs’ motion to supplement the record.

In September 2014, Level the Playing Field filed a Petition for Rulemaking with the Commission that asked the Commission to revise its debate regulations to prohibit staging organizations from using a polling threshold as the sole criterion for accessing general election presidential and vice-presidential debates. The Commission declined to initiate a rulemaking in response to Level the Playing Field's petition.

Plaintiffs filed suit challenging both the dismissal of their administrative complaints and the agency's decision not to engage in a rulemaking.

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.