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For Immediate Release
November 05, 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 5011  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Charlie A. Dooley

(b) Dooley for Congress Committee, Everet Ballard, treasurer

(c) Normandy Township Regular Democratic Club, Everet Ballard, treasurer

(d) Health Care Leadership Committee, John J. Sharamitaro, treasurer

(e) Citizens for Good Government, Francis Brady, treasurer

(f) Committee to Elect Jeff Wagener, Mark Monia treasurer

(g) Committee to Elect Rita Days, Frank S. Days, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: Rickey Jamerson
  SUBJECT: Corporate contributions
  DISPOSITION:

(a) No reason to believe*

(b) Reason to believe but took no further action, sent admonishment letter* [re: corporate contribution from the Normandy Township Regular Democratic Club]

No reason to believe* [re: corporate contributions from Health Care Leadership Committee, Committee to Elect Jeff Wagener and Committee to Elect Rita Days]

Take no action [re: corporate contribution from Citizens for Good Government]

(c) Reason to believe took no further action, sent admonishment letter*

(d) No reason to believe*

(e) Take no action*

(f) No reason to believe*

(g) No reason to believe*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel's Report (dated August 12, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 18, 2003).
     
2. MUR 5218  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Russ Francis
(b) Russ Francis for Congress, Russ Francis, treasurer
(c) Steve McManus
  COMPLAINANTS: Steve McManus
  SUBJECT: Personal use of campaign funds; failure to file reports, debt settlement plan; failure to report debts, contributions, disbursements and; excessive petty cash disbursements; excessive contributions.
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Reason to believe for knowing and willful violation but took no action* [re: personal use of campaign funds]

No reason to believe* [re: debt settlement plan]

Sent admonishment letter

(b) Reason to believe but took no action* [re: failure to file reports, failure to properly report debts, contributions and disbursements, petty cash disbursements in excess of $100 without proper description]

(c) No reason to believe* [re: excessive contributions]

   

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

First General Counsel's Report (dated September 2, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated September 30, 2003).
3. MUR 5297  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) John M. Wolfe, Jr.

(b) Wolfe for U.S. Congress, Albert F. Teague, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Donald F. McGahn II, NRCC
  SUBJECT: Failure to register and report in a timely manner; failure to disclose contributions and expenditures
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Conciliation Agreement: $7,200 civil penalty*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated September 8, 2003); Conciliation agreement

 

*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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