FEC: Statement by Democratic Commissioners of FEC


On December 3, 2013, the FEC voted to find reason to believe that Crossroad Grassroots Policy Strategies ("Crossroads GPS"), a 501(c)(4) "social welfare organization," should have registered and reported as a political committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the "Act") and Commission regulations. We believe that the facts in this matter gave rise to a clearcut case for further investigation by the Commission, as recommended by our Office of General Counsel. Nevertheless, the Commission did not attain the four affirmative votes required to proceed. The Commission has unfortunately failed to adhere to its own policy on political committee status or to recent judicial decisions finding that policy to be valid and constitutional.