WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit today issued an Opinion and Judgment affirming the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska’s decision in McChesney, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 16-168), upholding the Commission’s authority to impose civil penalties through its Administrative Fine Program for violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act).
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.###