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For Immediate Release
September 16, 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 13 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. MUR 4948
RESPONDENTS: Republican Leadership Council ("RLC")
COMPLAINANT: William A. Dal Col, President, Forbes 2000, Inc.
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: Took no action*
DOCUMENTS ON THE PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report (dated October 29, 2001); amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001)
2. MUR 4957
RESPONDENTS: Buchanan Reform, Inc., Angela M. Buchanan, treasurer
COMPLAINANT: George D. Weber
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners (dated July 9, 2002)
3. MUR 5032
RESPONDENT: Million Mom March Foundation ("MMF")
COMPLAINANT: William A. Levinson
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; disclaimers
DISPOSITION: Took no action*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report (dated October 29, 2001); amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001)
4. MUR 5059
RESPONDENTS: (a) Sand for Senate Committee

(b) Duane Sand

COMPLAINANT: North Dakota Democratic - NPL
SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports; failure to report expenditures’ failure to accurately file 2000 July Quarterly Report
DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: 48-hour reports]

Sent admonishment letter.

(b) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
5. MUR 5061
RESPONDENTS: (a) Brannen for Congress, Inc., William H. Barry, III, treasurer

(b) Barney Brannen

COMPLAINANT: New Hampshire Republican State Committee
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

(b) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
6. MUR 5062 [See ADR#27}
RESPONDENTS: (a) Verdegaal Brothers, Inc.

(b) Overland Stock Yards

(c) E&B Landscape and Garden Supplies, Inc.

(d) Westside Chemical Company

(e) Quick Signs, Inc.

(f) Gregory Schneider

(g) Western Building Properties Association

(h) Orosi Swap Meet

(i) Schaller Bail Bonds

(j) Triple B Farms

(k) Arvel Legal Systems

COMPLAINANT: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; excessive contributions; failure to provide contributor information
DISPOSITION: (a-k) Took no action*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report (dated October 29, 2001); amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001)
7. MUR 5130
RESPONDENTS: (a) Simmons for Congress, Anne Simeone, treasurer

(b) The Connecticut Legionnaire

COMPLAINANT: Marge B. Calltharp
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

(b) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
8. MUR 5160
RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Giuliani

(b) Lazio 2000

(c) Traditional Values Coalition

(d) Jerry Falwell

(e) Congressman Pete Sessions

(f) Bill Federer

(g) Emergency Committee to Defeat Al Gore

(h) Emergency Committee to Stop Hillary Rodham Clinton

(i) Judicial Watch

(j) Conservative Leadership Political Action Committee

COMPLAINANT: Lloyd P. Trufelman
SUBJECT: Failure to return contribution on request; outside contributions solicitations; sale or use of contributor information
DISPOSITION: (a-j) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act, as a result of the activities described in the complaint]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
9. MUR 5189
RESPONDENT: Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee
COMPLAINANT: Janet Pecha
SUBJECT: Failure to return contribution on request
DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act, as result of the activities described in the complaint]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reason by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
10. MUR 5195
RESPONDENTS: Representative Mike Haridopolis (Florida State Representative) and Karen E. Kirland, treasurer of state committee
COMPLAINANT: Helen Kansas
SUBJECT: Use of state funds in connection with federal election
DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act, as result of the activities described in the complaint]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, McDonald, Thomas and Smith
11. MUR 5196
RESPONDENTS: (a) General Media Consultants

(b) Steven Stockman

(c) Mark J. Brewer

COMPLAINANT: Richard Ellision
SUBJECT: Disseminating false information; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: Took no action*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report (dated October 29, 2001); amended certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 6, 2001)
12. MUR 5207
RESPONDENTS: (a) Commission on Presidential Debates

(b) Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates

(c) Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates

(d) Democratic National Committee, Andrew Tobias, treasurer

(e) Republican National Committee, Robert M. Duncan, treasurer

COMPLAINANT: Max Englerius
SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; corporate contributions; making expenditures in connection with a federal election; failure to report contributions; accepting prohibited contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-c) No reason to believe*

[re: failure to register and report; corporate contributions; making expenditures in connection with a federal election]

(d-e) No reason to believe*

[re: failure to report contributions; accepting prohibited contributions]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report; certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 8, 2002)
13 MUR 5224
RESPONDENTS: (a) The Boston Globe

(b) WBZ-TV (Viacom, Inc.)

COMPLAINANT: William Ferguson
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates in debate
DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act, as a result of the activities described in the complaint]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated May 7, 2002); Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Mason, Sandstrom, Smith and Toner; Statement of Reasons by Commissioners Thomas and McDonald

 

*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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