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For Immediate Release
September 3, 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 five 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.

1. MUR 4851  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Michigan Republican State Committee, William H. Gnodtke, treasurer

(b) Touma for Congress, Richard M. Gabrys, treasurer

(c) Leslie A. Touma

  COMPLAINANT: Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic State Central Committee
  SUBJECT: Failure to report independent expenditures
  DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

(b-c) Dismiss the complaint*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counselís Report (dated March 4, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated March 18, 2003); General Counselís Report #3 (dated June 9, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated June 12, 2003)
2-4. MURs 4932/5287/5288  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Michigan Republican State Committee, Robert M. Campau, treasurer [4932/5287/5288]

(b) Michigan Chamber of Commerce [4932]

(c) Ameritech [4932]

(d) Consumer Energy Company [4932]

(e) Kmart Corporation [4932]

(f) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan [4932]

(g) AT&T Corporation [4932]

(h) Jackson National Life Insurance Company [4932]

  COMPLAINANT: Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic State Central Committee [4932]

Audit Referrals [5287/5288]

  SUBJECT: Failure to allocate shared disbursements; failure to pay allocable expenses from federal account; use of impermissible funds
  DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $45,000 civil penalty*

Respondents will reimburse the Committeeís non- federal accounts in the amount of $276,826 within 14 months after the date that this agreement becomes effective.

(b-h) Took no action*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counselís Report (dated July 11, 2002); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated July 23, 2002); General Counselís Report #3 (dated June 9, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated June 12, 2003); Conciliation Agreement
     
5. MUR 5376  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Quayle 2000, Inc., William R. Neale, treasurer

(b) Campaign America, Inc., Wesley T. Foster, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated July 8, 2003); First General Counselís Report (dated June 19, 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.

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