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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
March 30, 2017   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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District Court Issues Opinion in Campaign Legal Center v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order yesterday in Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:16-cv-00752-JDB), granting in part and denying in part the Commission’s motion to dismiss. The Court also denied as moot the Commission’s motion to defer transmission of the administrative record and filing a certified list of its contents.

The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed suit in April 2016, challenging the Commission's dismissal of five administrative complaints they submitted. In Matters Under Review 6485, 6487, 6488, 6711 and 6930, the plaintiffs alleged that several entities and individuals violated the prohibition on making contributions in the name of another and in this way had evaded certain disclosure provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended.


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.