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For Immediate Release
December 22, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public two additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 99 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 It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.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 138  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Nancy Kaszak, Sharon Eiseman, treasurer

Emily's List, Ellen R. Malcolm, treasurer

Illinois Women Vote!

  SOURCE: MUR 5249
  SUBJECT: Excessive in-kind contributions
  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The ADR Office recommends the case be closed and the Commission agrees to close the file.
     
2. ADR 139  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Margaret Workman, Albert V. Mays, Jr., treasurer

Emily's List, Ellen R. Malcolm, treasurer

  SOURCE: MUR 5269
  SUBJECT: Excessive in-kind contributions
  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: The ADR Office recommends the case be closed and the Commission agrees to close the file.

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