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For Immediate Release
June 7, 2001

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing six more Administrative Fines cases with $8,650 in civil money penalties, bringing to 103 the number of cases made public with $125,868 in fines collected. In addition, there are numerous cases in various stages of the Administrative Fines process. Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

The Administrative Fine Program, authorized by Congress in 1999 in response to a legislative recommendation made by the FEC (see News Release May 31, 2000), has a twofold purpose: to free critical Commission resources for more important and complex enforcement efforts, and to reduce the number of financial reports filed late or not at all. The Administrative Fines Program encompasses a range of civil money penalties set high enough to discourage committees from considering them an acceptable ‘cost of doing business’, but not so high as to be exorbitant.

Civil money penalties will be determined by the number of days late, the amount of financial activity involved, and any prior penalties for reporting violations. Election sensitive reports (reports and notices filed prior to an election) will receive higher penalties.

1. AF 0130
 
RESPONDENT(S): Hergert for U S Senate, Dennis Hadden, treasurer (NE)
REPORT(S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
 
2. AF 0138
 
RESPONDENT(S): Friends of Mark Brewer, John Mark Brewer, treasurer (TX)
REPORT(S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

Penalty reduced due to lack of activity on report.

 
3. AF 0155
 
RESPONDENT(S): The Democratic Foundation of the Desert, Oscar G. Armijo, treasurer (CA)
REPORT (S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $750 civil money penalty (not collected)
 
4. AF 0170
 
RESPONDENT(S): International Council of Cruise Lines Political Action Committee (ICCL-PAC), J. Michael Crye, treasurer (VA)
REPORT(S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2000 civil money penalty (not collected)
 
5. AF 0171
 
RESPONDENT(S): Law Enforcement Alliance of America Inc. Fund for Responsible Government (LEAA), James J. Fotis, treasurer (VA)
REPORT(S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2000 civil money penalty (not collected)
 
6. AF 0175
 
RESPONDENT(S): Libertarian Party of Illinois, Steve I. Givot, treasurer (IL)
REPORT(S): October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,000 civil money penalty (not collected)

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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