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For Immediate Release   Contact:  Judith Ingram
May 22, 2017   Julia Queen
    Christian Hilland
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Supreme Court Affirms Three-Judge District Court Opinion in
Republican Party of Louisiana, et al. v. FEC

WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court today affirmed (Case 16-865) the three-judge court opinion of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Republican Party of Louisiana, et al. v. FEC (Case 1:15-cv-01241-CRC-SS-TSC), which granted summary judgment to the Commission on all claims.  The plaintiffs had challenged the constitutionality of the Federal Election Campaign Act’s regulation of the use of so-called soft money—funds raised and/or spent outside the limitations and prohibitions of the Act—by state and local parties for federal election activity, as well as related reporting requirements. The Supreme Court affirmed the District Court’s decision today in response to an appeal from the Plaintiffs.

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.