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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
January 31, 2017   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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District Court Issues Opinion in CREW v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order yesterday in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, et al. v. FEC (1:16-cv-01088-RJL), granting the Commission’s Motion to Dismiss and dismissing the complaint with prejudice. The Plaintiffs had alleged that the Commission's dismissal of their administrative complaint against Robert E. Murray, Murray Energy Corporation, Murray Energy Corporation PAC and Michael G. Ruble, in his official capacity as treasurer (Matter Under Review 6661), was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and contrary to law. The District Court found that the Plaintiffs lacked standing because they had failed to show any cognizable injury that a court ruling could redress.


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.

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