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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
November 3, 2016   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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District Court Denies Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment
in Independence Institute v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia today issued an Order and Memorandum Opinion in Independence Institute v. FEC (Case 1:14-cv-01500-CKK-PAM-APM), denying the Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment and granting the FEC’s Motion for Summary Judgment. The Plaintiff, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in Colorado, had challenged the constitutionality of the electioneering communication reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, as applied to an advertisement the Plaintiff had planned to air shortly before the 2014 and 2016 general elections.


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.