Nonprofit group Campaign Legal Center says it will likely file lawsuits against Federal Election Commission to force agency action on complaints lodged as many as four yrs ago involving super-PACs that can raise and spend unlimited sums in federal elections.
- Paul S. Ryan, watchdog group’s senior counsel, tells Bloomberg BNA’s Kenneth P. Doyle that many of the cases involve super-PACs linked to presidential candidates in 2012 campaign
- First lawsuits expected to be filed would involve series of FEC complaints dating from 2011, which charged that major contributors to super-PAC linked to Republican nominee Mitt Romney were illegally hiding their identities by listing their contributions under the names of “shell corporations”
- Other lawsuits regard inaction on complaints involving disclosure of contributors to various candidates, coordination with a candidate’s campaign and republication of campaign materials
- NOTE: Campaign finance law allows someone filing a complaint with FEC to sue agency in federal court to force action after 120 days if the commission does not announce any resolution of the case