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For Immediate Release
December 9, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 12 more Administrative Fines cases with $19,798 in civil money penalties, bringing to 845 the number of cases made public with $1,155,877 in fines collected by the FEC. 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 1024  
     
  RESPONDENTS: United Republican Finance Committee, Ken Arras, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $350 civil money penalty

 

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
2. AF 1010  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Ben Jones for Congress, Alma Viator, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
     
3. AF 1004  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Brightharp for Congress, John R. Brightharp, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $598 civil money penalty
     
4. AF 895  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Kutsch, Michael J. Kolan, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
5. AF 781  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Jay Blossom for U.S. Senate, Philip W. Rebowe, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $525 civil money penalty (Reduced from $9,000 due to level of activity on report.)
     
6. AF 715  
     
  RESPONDENTS: John Taylor for Congress, Carlos Icaza, treasurer
  REPORT: Mid-Year 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (Reduced from $ 3,375 due to

level of activity on report.)

     
7. AF 965  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Mike Hathorn for Congress Committee, Charles A. Johnson, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $800 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 1007  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Ogles for Congress, Melvin C. Spain, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 1041  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Roberts 2002, Kaye Roberts, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 General
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $5,650 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
10. AF 978  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Stephanie Tubbs Jones for US Congress, Saundra Berry, Treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $400 civil money penalty
     
11. AF 662  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Stuart Johnson for Congress, Daralyn E. Reed, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty ($1,045.59 collected)

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITEES
12. AF 1034  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Uniformed Firefighters Association Political Action

Committee (FIRE PAC), Kevin McAdams, treasurer

  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,250 civil money penalty

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