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For Immediate Release
November 12, 2003
Contact: Bob Biersack
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
 

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 5229  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Service Employees International Union Political Campaign Committee, Patricia A. Ford, treasurer

(b) New York�s Health and Human Service Union 1199/SEIU, AFL-CIO

(c) Local 1199 Federal Political Action Fund, George Gresham, treasurer

(d) 1199 Service Employees International Union Federal Political Action Fund, Jennifer Cunningham, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: Internal
  SUBJECT: Improper recordkeeping, transmittal and reporting of funds from collecting agents
  DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation agreement ($75,000 civil penalty) re: ensuring compliance with recordkeeping, reporting, and transmittal of funds by collecting agents.

(b � d) Conciliation agreement ($187,500 civil penalty) re: improper recordkeeping, reporting, and transmittal of funds as collecting agents.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

(a) Conciliation Agreement (dated December 9, 2002); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated November 29, 2002); Record of civil penalty payments (dated July 11, 2002 and December 16, 2002).

(b-d) Conciliation Agreement (dated October 17, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 9, 2003).

     
2. MUR 5169/5190  
     
  RESPONDENTS: 5169

(a) Reform Party 2000 Convention Committee, Gerald Moan, treasurer

(b) Reform Party of the United States of America, Mark Lauterman, treasurer

(c) Buchanan for President, Inc.

5190

(a) Reform Party 2000 Convention Committee, Gerald Moan, treasurer

(b) Dale A. Cooter, Esq.

(c) Reform Party of the United States of America, Mark Lauterman, treasurer

(d) Cooter, Mangold, Tompert & Wayson, P.L.L.C.

(e) Pat Choate

(f) Patrick J. Buchanan

  COMPLAINANTS: 5169 James Mangia and Harry Kresky

5190 Virginia Reform Party

  SUBJECT: Improper use of public funds
  DISPOSITION: Dismiss MUR 5169 as to all respondents and close the file.

Dismiss MUR 5190 as to all respondents and close the file

   

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

First General Counsel's Report (dated October 2, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 7, 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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