Update: On September 30, 2019, the district court ruled that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) v. American Action Network (AAN) can proceed, issuing the first ever ruling on a motion to dismiss on a citizen suit brought under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Read the decision below. 

Update: On November 21, 2019, the U.S. District Court denied AAN’s motion for certification for interlocutory appeal.  Read the order below. 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued American Action Network (AAN) following the Federal Election Commission’s failure to conform with the Court’s declaration in a prior lawsuit. Despite two court orders demanding that the FEC take action action against AAN for its violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, the FEC deadlocked twice when voting to decide if clearly political ads aired by AAN were meant to influence an election.

CREW is suing AAN in order to obtain the information — including the names of AAN’s donors — that AAN was legally required to, but did not disclose, and to uphold the enforcement of essential laws restricting secret political spending.

Lawsuit Documents