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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2001

Contact:

Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on three matters previously under review (MURs).  This release contains only summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1.

MUR 4803

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  The Tierney for Congress Committee (’94 Committee),       Roy F. Gelineau, treasurer (MA)

(b) Tierney for Congress, Roy F. Gelineau, treasurer (MA)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

Marc DeCourcey, Executive Director, Massachusetts Republican Party (MA)

 

SUBJECT:

Transferring monies out of a committee that has net outstanding debts; failure to accurately and continuously report a loan; failure to disclose payments of interest or principal on the loan

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-b)  Conciliation Agreement: $4,500 civil penalty*

          Tierney for Congress will transfer back to the John           Tierney for Congress Committee $83,060, will amend           its 1994 October Quarterly report and all subsequent           reports to identify accurately the source of the loan and    to reflect all payments of interest and principal on the           loan.

 

 

 

2.

MUR 5178

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, Roger E.       Winkelman, treasurer (MI)

(b) Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,       Howard Wolfson, treasurer (DC)

(c)  Byrum for Congress, Hilda Patricia Curran, treasurer (MI)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

Gerald Hills, Chairman, Republican State Committee (MI)

 

SUBJECT:

Excessive coordinated expenditures; failure to properly report coordinated expenditures

 

DISPOSITION:

   (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

         (re: failure to properly report coordinated expenditures)

         Sent admonishment letters.

(a-c) No reason to believe*

         (re: excessive coordinated expenditures)

 

 

 

3.

MUR 5186

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

Dallas County Republican Party, Jim Mellinger, treasurer (TX)

 

COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to file disclosure report timely

 

DISPOSITION:

Conciliation Agreement: $2,700 civil penalty*

 

 

 

 

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint

3. “Probable cause” stage

2. “Reason to believe” stage

4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint.   If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

 

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