Independent Voter Project
Oral Arguments Granted in Suit Against Commission on Presidential Debates Lawsuit
The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the FEC for not properly regulating the Commission on Presidential Debates. The court set a hearing date for Thursday, January 5, 2017, just under two weeks before the next president will be sworn into office.
Level the Playing Field and its CEO, Peter Ackerman, originally filed the lawsuit in June 2015. The suit charges that the CPD and its directors have violated federal election law that requires debate sponsors to be “nonpartisan” and use “objective criteria” to determine which candidates will appear on the presidential debate stage.
“We are grateful that the Court has granted our request for oral arguments and look forward to a hearing in January,” said Alexandra A.E. Shapiro, lead counsel to the plaintiffs..."
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*An earlier version of the article said the hearing date was set for January 7, 2017. The correct date (January 5, 2017) has been updated.