Over a year ago, the Libertarian Party National Committee sued the Federal Election Commission, over the FEC’s determination that the Libertarian Party cannot receive a bequest amounting to several hundred thousand dollars in a lump sum. Instead, the FEC said the bequest must be doled out in increments of approximately $30,000 per year. This is because the law doesn’t permit individuals to give more than that amount per calendar year.
The Libertarian Party argues that the purpose of the limit on how much an individual may give to a party is to prevent the individual from exerting too much influence, but this rationale obviously makes no sense when the giver is no longer living. This case has moved slowly. Under the original scheduling order, all the briefs should have been in by now. But the briefing schedule has been altered, and now the briefs won’t all be in until September 14.