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For Immediate Release
February 14, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing six more Administrative Fines cases with $3,500 in civil money penalties, bringing to 507 the number of cases made public with $721,371 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 0495
RESPONDENTS: Giordano for United States Senate, Thomas Ariola, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

(The Commission waived the $8,000 civil money penalty because the respondents were able to demonstrate the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control.)

2. AF 0552
RESPONDENTS: Clay Jr. for Congress, Charles A. Stewart, Jr., treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action.
3. AF 0560
RESPONDENTS: Giordano for United States Senate, Thomas Ariola, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: Take no further action.
4. AF 0576
RESPONDENTS: Del Webb Corporation Employees Fund for Better Government, John Chadwick, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty
5. AF 0598
RESPONDENTS: Guy Gregg for U.S. Senate, Ronald Defilippis, treasurer
REPORT: April Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action
6. AF 0711
RESPONDENTS: Gormley for Senate Primary Election Fund, Alan C. Staller, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action

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