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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2003
(Corrected November 21, 2003)
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 10 more Administrative Fines cases with $34,773 in civil money penalties, bringing to 833 the number of cases made public with $1,145,184 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.

 

PARTY COMMITTEES
1. AF 524  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Libertarian Party of Illinois, William J. Stephens, treasurer
  REPORT: Mid-Year 2001
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $7,875 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
2. AF 1042  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Herseth for Congress, Neil Fulton, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 General
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-filer
  PENALTY: $2,900 civil money penalty
     
3. AF 1038  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Max Burns for Congress, Emelyn Hunter, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 General
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $5,350 civil money penalty
     
4. AF 1039  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Pearce for Congress, James Francis, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 General
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $3,348 civil money penalty
     
5. AF 1037  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Strickland for Colorado, Inc., Alan Schwartz, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 General
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $8,650 civil money penalty

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITEES
6. AF 849  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Colonial Bancgroup Inc., Federal Political Action Committee

(Colonial Fed PAC), Glenda Allred, treasurer

  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
7. AF 858  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Heartland PAC (FKA Youngstown), David B. Orlean,

treasurer

  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 860  
     
  RESPONDENTS: International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Legislative Education Action Program-Political Action Committee, Dolores A. Gorczyca, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 863  
     
  RESPONDENTS: KPMG Partners/Principals & Employees Political Action Committee
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $3,000 civil money penalty
     
10. AF 840  
     
  RESPONDENTS: U.S. Bancorp Political Participation Program, Michele G.

Johnson, treasurer

  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $650 civil money penalty

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