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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 13 more Administrative Fines cases with $ 28,981 in civil money penalties, bringing to 653 the number of cases made public with $ 884,354 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 545
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Joe Scarborough, Charles J. Scarborough, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,031.25 civil money penalty (not collected)
2. AF 654
RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Cathy Rinehart, Kate Tice, treasurer
REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action
3. AF 664
RESPONDENTS: Mark Baisley for Congress, Mark Baisley, treasurer
REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $5,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
4. AF 699
RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Cathy Rinehart, Kate Tice, treasurer
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-Primary 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action
5. AF 703
RESPONDENTS: American Forest & Paper Association Political Action Committee, Donna Harman, treasurer
REPORT: August Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: The Commission waived the $900 civil money penalty because the respondents have demonstrated the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control and that were for a duration of at least 48 hours.
6. AF 707
RESPONDENTS: E*Trade Group Inc. PAC, Shawn P. Yadon, treasurer
REPORT: September Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $750 civil money penalty
7. AF 709
RESPONDENTS: American Forest & Paper Association Political Action Committee, Donna Harman, treasurer
REPORT: September Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: The Commission waived the $900 civil money penalty because the respondents have demonstrated the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control and that were for a duration of at least 48 hours.
8. AF 745
RESPONDENTS: National Propane Gas Association Political Action Committee – PROPANEPAC, Richard Roldan, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,000 civil money penalty (not collected)
9. AF 775
RESPONDENTS: Mark Baisley for Congress, Mark Baisley, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)

(Reduced from $5,500 due to level of activity on report.)

10. AF 783
RESPONDENTS: Akram for Congress Inc., Nancy Scheuermann, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
11. AF 785
RESPONDENTS: Skorski for Congress, Alan Skorski, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)
12. AF 789
RESPONDENTS: Mike Greene for Congress Committee, Joe T. Kelley, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
13. AF 795
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Margaret Workman, Albert V. Mays, Jr., treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $9,000 civil money penalty (not collected)

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