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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
March 4, 2016   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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Court of Appeals Issues Opinion in FEC v. Craig

WASHINGTON – A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued an Opinion and Judgment in FEC v. Craig for U.S. Senate, et al. (USCA Case 14-5297). The Commission had filed suit against Craig for converting campaign funds to personal use by using them to pay certain legal expenses. The appellate court affirmed both the District Court’s grant of summary judgment to the Commission and the District Court’s order that Craig disgorge $197,535 to the U.S. Treasury and pay a $45,000 civil penalty.

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.