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.

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


  • April 23, 2018
  • June 1, 2018
  • June 22, 2018
  • Exhibit 1 - Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Stay - June 22, 2018
  • Exhibit 2 - Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Stay - June 22, 2018
  • Exhibit 3 - Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Stay - June 22, 2018
  • Exhibit 4 - Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Stay - June 22, 2018
  • Exhibit 5 - Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Stay - June 22, 2018
  • AAN's Reply in Further Support of its Motion to Stay - July 7, 2018
  • CREW's Motion for Leave to File Surreply in Opposition to Motion to Stay - July 12, 2018
  • July 12, 2018
  • July 12, 2018
  • July 13, 2018
  • July 27, 2018
  • September 19, 2018
  • September 19, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • December 5, 2018
  • December 22, 2018
  • August 6, 2019
  • September 30, 2019
  • October 18, 2019
  • October 28, 2019
  • CREW's Opposition to AAN's Motion for Interlocutory Appeal - November 1, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • November 21, 2019
  • July 14, 2020
  • CREW's Response to AAN's Notice of Constitutional Challenge - July 21, 2020
  • September 11, 2020

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