The Campaign Legal Center on Wednesday filed suit against the Federal Election Commission, charging that the regulatory agency has failed to enforce the law against a group that spent millions of dollars on advertisements targeting key voters and opposing 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Though Sanders ultimately suspended his second presidential campaign and endorsed President Joe Biden, the Vermont Independent’s impressive finish in the Iowa caucuses and victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary were immediately followed by the formation of the Big Tent Project in mid-February 2020.
As the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) detailed in a statement about the suit (pdf):
CLC filed an administrative complaint (pdf) about the Big Tent Project with the FEC in May 2020, alleging that the group—led by a former aide to conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia—violated the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by failing to register as a political committee (PAC) and disclose its contributors.
“Even if Big Tent Project were not a political committee,” the 2020 complaint says, “it violated FECA by failing to disclose contributors who gave for political purposes and to fund its independent expenditures, and additionally failed to report tens of thousand s of dollars of independent expenditures.”
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