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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Federal Election Commission v. Akins
Citation:524 U.S. 11 (1998)
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Respondents argued that AIPAC was a “political committee” as defined by the FECA (the law creating the Federal Election Commission (FEC)), and thus was required to make disclosures about its membership, contributions, and expenditures. The injury alleged by the Respondents was their inability to obtain information about AIPAC contributions and donations, which would help them evaluate the influence of AIPAC on candidates for public office. In response, the Solicitor General (representing the FEC) argued that the alleged harm suffered by the plaintiffs was too “generalized” (broad) to confer standing, and was better resolved by the political process (not the courts).
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