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CREW v. FEC challenges closing file on complaint (22-0035) – FEC.gov

On January 6, 2022, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Commission’s dismissal of its administrative complaint against Freedom Vote, Inc. (Freedom Vote).

CREW’s administrative complaint alleged Freedom Vote failed to comply with the disclosure requirements the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) places on political committees. The complaint alleged Freedom Vote qualified as a political committee, but failed to register and file required disclosure reports.

On July 25, 2019, the Commission found reason to believe that Freedom Vote failed to organize, register, and report as a political committee and that it failed to include a disclaimer on a television advertisement, and the Commission commenced an investigation. On November 9, 2021, the Commission closed the file.

The suit seeks injunctive and declaratory relief under the Act. CREW asks the court to declare the FEC’s dismissal of CREW’s complaint as arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and contrary to law, and to order the Commission to conform with that declaration within 30 days.

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