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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public an additional case resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 44 the total number of cases released thus far. The program’s goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

1. ADR # 046
RESPONDENTS: (a) Ensign for Senate Committee, Linzel L. McBride, treasurer

(b) Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Reno

(c) Custom Concrete Cutting Inc.

(d) Internet Auto Rent & Sales, Inc.

SOURCE: MUR 5131 – Complainant: Richard Daly
SUBJECT: Corporate contribution
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: (a) Respondents, in order to resolve this matter and to avoid similar situations in the future agree to confirm that a member of the respondents’ staff has been designated as the FEC compliance officer to supervise the dissemination of the information and train staff and volunteers to ensure compliance with the FECA and that the compliance officer will attend a FEC-sponsored seminar for candidate committees during the 12 months following the effective date of this agreement.

(b-c) Commission decided to dismiss this matter and direct the ADR Office to close the file.

(d) Respondent, in order to resolve this matter and to avoid similar situations in the future agrees to distribute a memorandum to management personnel reiterating the prohibitions on corporate contributions to candidates for federal office and gain understanding of the prohibitions and requirements of the FECA before interacting with candidates for federal office.

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