The case stems from a complaint filed with the FEC in the fall of 2010, asking the FEC to investigate whether Crossroads GPS ? the Karl Rove-linked political spending group formed to allow big donors to make secret campaign donations ? was a political committee required to report its contributions and expenditures to the FEC.
Despite the FEC general counsel’s recommendation that the agency should proceed with an investigation of Crossroads GPS, the commission failed to take enforcement action because of a 3-3 deadlock vote among the commissioners. Public Citizen and three other plaintiffs then sued to have the FEC’s dismissal of their complaint declared unlawful.
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Attorneys at the Campaign Legal Center serve as co-counsel in the case.
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WHEN: 3 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 2
WHERE: Courtroom 18, 6th floor, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington D.C.
WHO: Scott Nelson, Public Citizen attorney for the plaintiffs for the District of Columbia to grant its request to declare that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was wrong when it failed to investigate Crossroads GPS for not registering as a political committee and to direct the FEC to open an investigation.