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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

September 29, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger

FEC TAKES FINAL ACTION ON SIX CASES

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission recently made public its final action on six matters under review (MURs). In one matter, the Commission found no reason to believe there was a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act). The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed five other matters.

Under the law, the FEC must attempt to resolve its enforcement cases, or MURs, through a confidential investigative process that may lead to a negotiated conciliation agreement between the Commission and the individual or group. Additional information regarding MURs can be found on the FEC web site at http://www.fec.gov/em/mur.shtml.

This release contains only summary information. For additional details, please consult publicly available documents for each case in the Enforcement Query System (EQS) on the FEC web site at http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs.

MUR 6246

RESPONDENTS:

Charles C. Brennan; Dollar Loan Center, LLC; Robert Brennan; Judi Brennan; Bruce Cooey; Carla Cooey; and Porter for Congress and Chrissie Hastie, in her official capacity as treasurer

COMPLAINANTS:

Kjelden Cundiff

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Charles C. Brennan, CEO of Dollar Loan Center, LLC, used either personal or Dollar Loan Center funds to reimburse Robert and Judi Brennan and Bruce and Carla Cooley for their contributions to Porter for Congress. Jon Porter, Sr. was a 2008 candidate for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found no reason to believe that Charles C. Brennan and Dollar Loan Center made, and Porter for Congress and Hastie, in her official capacity as treasurer, accepted, contributions in the name of others or accepted excessive or prohibited contributions. The Commission found no reason to believe that Robert and Judi Brennan and Bruce and Carla Cooey knowingly permitted Charles Brennan to make contributions in their names to Porter for Congress.

MUR 6278

RESPONDENTS:

Joyce B. Segers; and Committee to Elect Joyce Segers for Congress and Wendell Fitzgerald, in his official capacity as its treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Keith R. Rockow

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Segers, the Committee to Elect Joyce Segers for Congress and Fitzgerald, in his official capacity as treasurer, failed to include disclaimers on campaign websites and flyers to inform the public that the Committee had paid for these expenses. Segers is a 2010 general election candidate for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in light of the respondents’ remedial action to correct the issue, and in furtherance of Commission priorities and resources related to other matters.

MUR 6272

RESPONDENTS:

Charles “Chuck” DeVore; DeVore for California and Betty Presley, in her official capacity as treasurer; Leisa Brug Kline; Joshua Trevino; and the State of California

COMPLAINANT:

Bob Davis

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that DeVore, a California State Assemblyman and a 2010 primary election candidate for California’s Senate seat, used staff from his State Assembly Office to work on his Senate campaign but failed to report their services as an in-kind contribution from the State Assembly, which paid their salaries while they worked on the campaign.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in furtherance of the Commission’s priorities and resources relative to other matters.

MUR 6282

RESPONDENTS:

Friends of John Lee Smith and Randy Schulz, in his official capacity as treasurer; John Lee Smith for U.S. Congress; Committee to Elect John Lee Smith 2010; and John Lee Smith

COMPLAINANT:

Steven L. Reeves

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the respondents failed to file Statements of Organization. The complaint alleged further that Smith failed to file a Statement of Candidacy and did not include the appropriate disclaimers on campaign television and Internet advertisements. Smith was a 2010 primary election candidate for Indiana’s 8th Congressional District.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in furtherance of the Commission’s priorities and resources relative to other matters. The Commission reminded Smith, Friends of John Lee Smith and Schultz of reporting and disclaimer requirements.

MUR 6284

RESPONDENTS:

Denham for Congress and David Bauer, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Jeff Denham

COMPLAINANT:

Shant Boyajian

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Denham, Denham for Congress and Bauer, in his official capacity as treasurer, failed to include the necessary disclaimers on television and YouTube.com advertisements. Denham was a 2010 primary election candidate for California’s 19th Congressional District.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in furtherance of the Commission’s priorities and resources relative to other matters. The Commission reminded the respondents of the Act’s requirements concerning the use of appropriate disclaimers on television advertisements made in connection with a federal campaign.

MUR 6126

RESPONDENTS:

Republican Senate Campaign Committee and J. Matthew Yuskewich, in his official capacity as treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Re-Elect Congressman Kucinich Committee

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the Republican Senate Campaign Committee and Yuskewich, in his official capacity as treasurer, funded the production and broadcast of an electioneering communication and failed to disclose it to the Commission. The television advertisement primarily focused on Gary Kucinich, a candidate for the Ohio State Senate, but also identified Dennis Kucinich, a 2008 general election candidate for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District, by name and photograph.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in furtherance of the Commission’s priorities and resources relative to other matters and because the advertisement focused primarily on a non-federal candidacy.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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