A Case for SSF Hybrid PACs
Stop This Insanity, Inc. Employee Leadership Fund, et al. v. FEC is a case that sought to allow an SSF to have a separate account that is used for independent expenditures in the same way that non-connected committees are now allowed. While this does not seem like a hard choice for the court to decide, given the recent court decisions, the FEC argues that it would allow for the connected organization to pay the administrative expenses of the non-contribution account, thus making unlimited and undisclosed organization contributions. Furthermore, if allowed, it would call into question the coordination of expenditures being made on a candidate’s behalf. The District Court denied the plaintiff’s request and granted the Commissions request to dismiss the case. Stop This Insanity filed an appeal in January 2013.