Watchdog files lawsuit against group backing Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst
Campaign Legal Center filed the lawsuit Friday in Washington. It had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in December 2019 after the Associated Press reported Ernst’s work with Iowa Values to raise money and build an electoral “firewall” potentially violated campaign finance and tax law. The CLC filed an administrative complaint with the Federal Election Commission in December 2019, but the commission failed to take action for more than a year. In October a federal judge issued an order demanding the FEC take action on the complaint by Jan. 12, but the agency did not respond. On Feb. 11 the judge granted CLC the right to sue under the Federal Election Campaign Act.
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