The United States D.C. District Court granted summary judgment for defendants in Shays v. Federal Election Commission on Aug. 30. Plaintiffs sued under the Administrative Procedures Act to compel the Federal Election Commission to issue regulations concerning the applicability of campaign finance laws to political organization “527 groups,” which are operated primarily for the purpose of accepting contributions or making expenditures, or both, for an exempt function (which is the function of influencing the selection, nomination, etc., of any individual to any Federal, State or local public office). The Court found sufficient the FEC’s revised explanation of why it was employing case-by-case adjudication rather than rulemaking to regulate 527 groups