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For Immediate Release
June 3, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public 11 additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 61 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 It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.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 #073
RESPONDENTS: (a) Ron Kirk

(b) Ron Kirk for Senate Committee, Paul Wagemen, treasurer

SOURCE: MUR 5253: Young Conservatives of Texas
SUBJECT: Soliciting contributions for a prior election when the committee does not carry debts
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the Commission close the case and send appropriate letter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
2. ADR #089
RESPONDENTS: (a) Citizens Bank – Illinois N.A.

(b) Berwyn Regular Democratic Organization, Fred Turner, treasurer

SOURCE: MUR 5292: Independent Voters of Berwyn
SUBJECT: National bank contributions
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: (a) $500 civil penalty

The respondent will distribute, to its officers, a memorandum reiterating the guidelines for all politically related activities that national banks must abide.

(b) $500 civil penalty

The respondent will distribute a memorandum to all organization staff and volunteers on the current mailing list of the organization detailing appropriate solicitations on contributions and expenditures

3. ADR #094
RESPONDENTS: (a) Kevin Kelly for Congress, Richard Young, treasurer

(b) Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, Roger Winkelman, treasurer

(c) 11th District Democratic Committee, Barbara Johnson, treasurer

SOURCE: MUR 5314: Michigan Republican State Committee
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the Commission close the case and send appropriate letter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
4. ADR #098
RESPONDENT: Kaiser Permanente – Colorado
SOURCE: MUR 5290: Local 7 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCWU)
SUBJECT: Failure to provide the union with payroll deduction similar to that provided to company executives and administrative staff that enables them to make voluntary contributions to a separate segregated fund
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the Commission take no further action, due to the fact the issue raised in this matter has been addressed to the satisfaction of the complainant. The Commission agrees to close the case.
5. ADR #102
RESPONDENTS: Dunn Lampton for Congress, Wayne Hutchinson, treasurer
SOURCE: FEC Initiated
SUBJECT: Failure to provide contributor information; failure to report contributions; failure to accurately report disbursements
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $500 civil penalty

Respondents agree to work with RAD to proceed to terminate the committee.

6. ADR #109
RESPONDENTS: (a) Pat Ahumada for Congress, Herbert G. Ames, treasurer

(b) Pat Ahumada, Jr.

SOURCE: MUR 5137: Cameron Democratic Party
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on this matter. The Commission agrees to close the case
7. ADR #111
RESPONDENT: Ian Hoffman
SOURCE: MUR 5317: Joseph Slovinec
SUBJECT: Payment of salary
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on this matter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
8. ADR #115
RESPONDENTS: Chapman for Congress, Norma Minnis, treasurer
SOURCE: MUR 5318: Phillip E. Landtiser
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on the matter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
9. ADR #116
RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Bennie Thompson, Reuben V. Anderson, treasurer

(b) Isaac Byrd, Esq.

SOURCE: MUR 5319: George E. Irvin, on behalf of George E. Irvin for Congress
SUBJECT: Excessive contribution; failure to report contribution
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on the matter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
10. ADR #117
RESPONDENTS: Chapman for Congress, Norma Minnis, treasurer
SOURCE: MUR 5320: Thomas Holmes
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on the matter. The Commission agrees to close the case.
11. ADR #124
RESPONDENT: Votenet Solutions, Inc.
SOURCE: MUR 5339: Vaughen for Congress
SUBJECT: Failure to forward contributions timely to recipient committee
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The Alternative Dispute Resolution Office recommends the case be closed and no further resources be expended on the matter. The Commission agrees to close the case.

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