CREW v. FEC: U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit - CLC amicus brief

Court Level
DC Circuit

CLC filed an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit on April 24, 2019, defending a district court decision that struck down the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) “independent expenditure” disclosure rule because it unlawfully narrowed the contributor disclosure requirements in the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) challenged the rule—which applies to independent campaign spending that expressly advocates for or against federal candidates—after the FEC used it to dismiss CREW’s complaint against Crossroads GPS, a dark-money group that has spent more than $100 million in federal elections since 2010 without disclosing a single contributor. According to a CLC analysis, the rule had kept as much as $769 million in the dark since 2010, when Citizens United freed corporations and unions to spend general treasury funds in elections.