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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
January 21, 2016   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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Court of Appeals Issues Opinion in Van Hollen v. FEC

WASHINGTON – Today the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion, judgment and order in Van Hollen v. FEC (15-5016 & 15-5017). The Court reversed the November 2014 decision of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and upheld the Commission’s regulation at 11 C.F.R. § 104.20(c)(9) requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose only those donations “made for the purpose of furthering electioneering communications.”


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.