Update: CREW has voluntarily dismissed from this case. Read the notice of dismissal below. 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on May 4, 2018 for failing to act for more than two years on complaints against Right to Rise USA’s dark money laundering scheme.

In December 2015, CREW filed complaints against Right to Rise USA, the main super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, its treasurer Charles Spies, and two LLCs as well as one of their apparent owners, alleging that six-figure donations made by the companies to Right to Rise USA were made on behalf of others — a violation of federal law. TH Holdings, whose only known activity is owning a property in the Hamptons, appears to have no income, meaning that the $100,000 it gave Right to Rise USA had to come from another donor. Likewise, Heather Oaks does not have any known business activity and was founded just two weeks before giving Right to Rise USA $100,000, making it highly unlikely that it was able to generate enough income to write that large of a check, again implying that its donation came from another donor.

CREW respectfully requests that the Court declare the FEC’s failure to act on CREW’s administrative complaint is contrary to law, and order the FEC to act on the administrative complaint within 30 days.

Lawsuit Documents