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By: Elias J. Atienza
The Federal Election Commission will not appeal the federal judge’s decision ruling against the Commission on Presidential Debates according to a press release.
“On February 1, the District Court ordered the Commission to reconsider Plaintiffs’ allegations and evidence, issue a new decision on the two administrative complaints and issue a new decision on the rulemaking petition. The Commission voted on February 22 not to appeal the District Court’s decision.”
In essence, the February 1 ruling ordered the FEC to review their standards and come up with better arguments in order to justify their nonpartisan status and why the CPD’s debate inclusion criteria are fair and objective.
Plaintiffs will have the tough task of making sure the FEC and the CPD don’t try and skirt their obligations going forward,” said Chad Peace, attorney for the Independent Voter Project, to IVN.
The FEC must issue three new decisions related to the complaints, after they previously dismissed them. It remains to see how this will effect the 2020 presidential debates or the CPD’s tax exempt status.