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For Immediate Release
December 10, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing seven more Administrative Fines cases with $19,325 in civil money penalties, bringing to 471 the number of cases made public with $660,121 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 0538
RESPONDENTS: American Academy of Ophthalmology Inc. Political Committee ("OPHTHPAC"), Carol Beatty, treasurer
REPORT: December Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,950 civil money penalty
2. AF 0543
RESPONDENTS: Voters for Choice/Friends of Family Planning, Mary Jean Collins, treasurer
REPORT: December Monthly 2001

* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty
3. AF 0559
RESPONDENTS: Campbell for Senate, Charles P. Zahl, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $6,500 civil money penalty
4. AF 0567
RESPONDENTS: Baker & Hostetler Political Action Committee, William H. Schweitzer, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,500 civil money penalty
5. AF 0573
RESPONDENTS: D.C. Republican Committee Federal Campaign Committee, Mark L. Sibley, acting treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $3,975 civil money penalty
6. AF 0578
RESPONDENTS: Hudson Valley Political Action Committee, Marilyn Enison, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty
7. AF 0579
RESPONDENTS: Humana Inc. Political Action Committee, Mary McKenzie, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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