Breaking: Court Holds FEC Applied Wrong Test to See If Koch-Allied Groups are Breaking Law by Not Registering as Political Committees

Major win for CREW here.

The court’s opinion granting CREW summary judgment explains that the three (Republican) FEC Commissioners used the wrong test to decide if AAN and AJS (501(c)(4)s that don’t disclose their donors) violated the law by not registering as political committees, because “their major purpose” could well be the election and defeat of federal candidates.

There’s still a long road here, but it is possible that the FEC will finally be forced to treat these sham Super PACs as political committees and force disclosure of election-related spending.


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