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For Immediate Release
May 8, 2003
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 three 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 4976
RESPONDENTS: (a) Committee to Elect Mark James

(b) Draft Mark James for Congress, Larry Kifer, treasurer

(c) Mark James

(d) Friends of Jon Porter Committee

COMPLAINANT: Robert Conrad
SUBJECT: Failure to register as political committee
DISPOSITION: (a-c) Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

(d) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report #2 (dated March 11, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated March 14, 2003); Conciliation Agreement; receipt of payment (dated February 5, 2003)
2. MUR 5264
RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Charles F. Bass

(b) Bass Victory Committee, Alexander Bass, treasurer

COMPLAINANT: Eugene F. Douglas
SUBJECT: Failure to file Statement of Candidacy timely
DISPOSITION: (a-b) 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 October 30, 2002)
3. MUR 5330
RESPONDENTS: United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Joseph T. Hansen, treasurer
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely; failure to disclose communication costs
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $15,000 civil penalty*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Receipt of payment (dated December 19, 2002); Conciliation Agreement; certification of vote by Commissioners (dated January 6, 2003)

 

*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.