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For Immediate Release
October 24, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on two 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 5261  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

(b) Nick Lampson for Congress, William S. Leonard, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: Glen Schorzman
  SUBJECT: Corporate contribution
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003); Statement of Reasons (Vice Chairman Smith and Commissioners Mason, McDonald and Toner)
     
2. MUR 5307  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends for a Democratic White House, Jonathon S. Mosier, treasurer

(b) Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, Alan Helmkamp, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Rusty Hills, Chairman, Michigan Republican

State Committee

  SUBJECT: Failure to register; excessive contribution
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003); Statement of Reasons (Chair Weintraub,Vice Chairman Smith and Commissioners Mason, McDonald and Toner);

 

*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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