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For Immediate Release
August 26, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on two matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

Specific released documents placed on the public record within the following closed MURs are cited following DISPOSITION heading. Release of these documents is consistent with the district court opinion in the December 19, 2001, decision of AFL-CIO v. FEC, now on appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Once an appellate decision is rendered, the Commission will review documents related to cases released in the interim.

1./2. MURs 5106/5107
RESPONDENTS: (a) City of San Diego - City Civic Events Fund

(b) 1996 Committee on Arrangements for the Republican National Convention, Alec Poitevint, treasurer

(c) Republican National Committee, Alec Poitevint, treasurer

(d) San Diego Host Committee/Sail to Victory ’96, Patrick C. Shea, treasurer

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Exceeding convention expenditure limits; failure to report contribution; corporate contribution; use of municipal funds
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: Respondent admits to violating Federal Election Commission regulations governing municipal funds.

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

[re: exceeding convention expenditure limits; failure to report contribution; corporate contribution with regard to accepting an in-kind contribution from the San Diego Host Committee]

No reason to believe*

[re: any violation of any statute or regulation within the Federal Election Commission’s jurisdiction with regard to accepting a contribution from the Republican National Committee]

(c) No reason to believe*

[re: any violation of any statute or regulation within the Federal Election Commission’s jurisdiction with regard to contributing to the 1996 Committee on Arrangements for the Republican National Convention]

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

[re: corporate contributions; failure to report contribution]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report; certification of vote by Commissioners (September 26, 2000); General Counsel’s Report #5 (March 22, 2002); certification of vote by Commissioners (March 27, 2002); Conciliation Agreement (City of San Diego)

*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.