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For Immediate Release
May 24, 2002

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing three more Administrative Fines cases with $2,550 in civil money penalties, bringing to 399 the number of cases made public with $505,709 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 0382
RESPONDENTS: Donnelley for Congress, Inc., Terry L. Robbins, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,650 civil money penalty
2. AF 0419
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Phil Davis, Phil Davis, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced due to lack of activity on report.)

3. AF 0466
RESPONDENTS: New York State Committee of the Working Families Party, Lawrence J. Hanley, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $2,700 due to level of activity on report.)

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