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For Immediate Release
December 5, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES


WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public 2 additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 97 the total number of cases released thus far. The programís goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FECís Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

1.

ADR 129
RESPONDENTS:

One Hundred Women Committee, Mary Ohsam, treasurer

SOURCE:

MUR 5310
SUBJECT: Failure to register and report
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $750 civil penalty Ė establish and maintain in its offices a file on FEC regulations.

Respondents acknowledge that they unknowingly violated the FECA by failing to register with the Commission after contributing more than $1,000 to federal election campaigns.

2. ADR 143
RESPONDENTS:

Central Minnesota AFL-CIO Trades Labor Assembly;

Granite City Machinists' and Mechanics' Union Local Lodge 623;

Granite City Machinists' and Mechanics' Union District Lodge 165

SOURCE:

MUR 5370
SUBJECT: Union contributions
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The ADR Office recommends the case be closed and the Commission agrees to close the file.