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CREW v. FEC (D.D.C.): Regarding FEC Commissioners' Communications

On March 7, 2011, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking records that will shed light on communications three commissioners had with parties outside of the FEC. FEC rules forbid commissioners from engaging in ex parte communications – private communications with parties with business before the commission, such as enforcement actions, audits, advisory opinions, rulemaking proceedings, and lawsuits. Any time a commissioner receives an ex parte communication, he or she is required to deliver it to an FEC ethics officer, or write a statement describing the communication if it is oral. On May 23, 2011, CREW filed a lawsuit against the 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 v. FEC (D.D.C.). CREW also is seeking all calendars and agendas for these commissioners as well as all written ex parte communications the commissioners sent to an FEC ethics officer.