News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
October 30, 2002
|CAMPAIGNS FAIL TO FILE OCTOBER QUARTERLY REPORT|
|WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission today cited 10 U.S. House
campaigns for failure to file the required October Quarterly financial disclosure report
covering activity through September 30.
As of 5 p.m., October 29, 2002 disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:
The report was due October 15, 2002 and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2002, or later for those involved in late primaries, through September 30, 2002. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by October 15. Mandatory electronic filing requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001. Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.
The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing requirements on September 20. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on October 22 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-primary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions and the FEC has implemented a new administrative fine program which will subject committees to penalties ranging from $275 to $12,000 or more.
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