CREW v. Federal Election Commission
On May 24, 2011, CREW filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) based on the agency’s failure to produce any documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking correspondence between FEC Commissioners Matthew S. Peterson, Caroline C. Hunter, and Donald F. McGhan II and outside individuals and entities. CREW’s request also sought all calendars and agendas for these commissioners as well as all written ex parte communications these commissioners sent to an FEC ethics officer.
The actions to date of Commissioners Peterson, Hunter, and McGhan, particularly their refusal to enforce campaign finance laws in the vast majority of matters before them, raise serious questions of whether they are complying with their legal and ethical obligations. The requested documents would assist in answering these questions of public accountability.