Rufer, et al. v. FEC (Rufer) and RNC, et al. v. FEC (RNC) were both dismissed recently after the parties filed dismissal agreements with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The plaintiffs had sought to challenge the constitutionality of laws that prevent party committees from financing independent expenditures using funds outside the federal source and amount limitations.
On November 19, 2014, the plaintiffs in RNC filed a Stipulation Dismissing Republican Plaintiffs with the court of appeals. On December 2, 2014, the plaintiffs in Rufer filed both a Stipulation of Dismissal with the district court and a Joint Dismissal Agreement with the court of appeals. On December 3, 2014, the plaintiffs in RNC filed a Stipulation Dismissing Plaintiffs and Action with the district court. In all filings, the FEC noted that by agreeing to the dismissal, the FEC does not waive any rights or arguments that may apply in future cases. On December 10, 2014, the court of appeals issued an order dismissing both cases.