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For Immediate Release:                                                                              Contact:  Kelly Huff
October 7, 1999                                                                                                               Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                          Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                          Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 10 matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1. MUR 4689

RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Robert K. Dornan (CA)

(b) Dornan for Congress, Robert K. Dornan, treasurer (CA)

(c) Salem Radio Networks and its officers (TX)

(d) Premier Radio Networks and its officers (CA)

(e) ABC Radio Networks, Inc. and ABC, Inc. (NY)

(f) Alan Keyes (MD)

(g) Oliver North (VA)

(h) Michael Reagan (CA)

COMPLAINANTS: California Democratic Party, Honorable Art Torres, Chairman (CA)

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; disclaimers

DISPOSITION: (a-d) Rejected recommendation to find reason to believe*

[re: corporate contributions]

(c-d) Rejected recommendation to find reason to believe*

[re: disclaimers]

(a-d) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

(e) Rejected recommendation to take no action*

No reason to believe* [re: any provision of the Act]

(f-h) No reason to believe*

[re: corporate contributions]

2. MUR 4719

RESPONDENTS: New Jersey Republican State Committee, H. George Buckwald, treasurer (NJ)

COMPLAINANTS: Public Interest Law Center of New Jersey, Renee Steinhagen, Esq., Executive Director (NJ)

SUBJECT: Failure to properly calculate ballot composition ratio for administrative and generic voter drive expenses; overpayment to the federal account from the non-federal account; use of prohibited contributions

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $65,000 civil penalty*

-Respondents will: refund remaining $232,000 from their federal account to their non-federal account by December 31, 1999; not expend any funds from their federal account, except for administrative expenses such as rent and salaries, until they have refunded the remaining $232,000; provide FEC with evidence of each transferred payment.

3. MUR 4728

RESPONDENTS: (a) Campaign for Working Families, Peter Dickinson, treasurer (DC)

(b) Gary L. Bauer, Chairman, Campaign for Working Families (DC)

(c) Peter Roskam (IL)

(d) Roskam for Congress Committee, Carl A. Lofgren, treasurer (IL)

COMPLAINANTS: Judy Biggert for Congress, Kevin Artl, Campaign Manager (IL)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 24-hour reports timely; excessive contributions; disclaimer; failure to accurately report disbursements

DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $12,000 civil penalty*

No reason to believe*

[re: excessive contributions]

(b) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the law]

(c-d) No reason to believe*

[re: failure to accurately report disbursements; excessive contributions]

4. MUR 4785

RESPONDENT: Ron Taber (WA)

COMPLAINANTS: Washington State Democratic Central Committee, Paul Berendt, Chairman (WA)

SUBJECT: Failure to file Statement of Candidacy timely

DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

5. MUR 4814

RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Jim Maloney, Patricia Draper, treasurer (CT)

(b) Barbara Kennelly for Congress, Jane L. Taylor, treasurer (CT)

(c) Committee to Re-Elect Loretta Sanchez, Kinde Dirkee, treasurer (CA)

(d) American Bankers Association BankPAC, Gary W. Fields, treasurer (DC)

(e) Thomas J. Donohue , Jr. (CT)

(f) Henry D. Lord (CT)

(g) Ruth Lord (CT)

(h) James O. Gaston (CT)

(i) Edward R. Tufte (CT)

(j) Eugene Buckley (CT)

COMPLAINANTS: Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, Chris DePino, Chairman (CT)

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; misdesignation of contributions; failure to accurately report information

DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: excessive contributions; misdesignation of contributions; failure to accurately report information
No reason to believe*
[re: excessive contribution]
Sent admonishment letter.

(b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: excessive contribution]
No reason to believe*
[re: excessive contribution]
Sent admonishment letter.

(c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: excessive contribution]
Sent admonishment letter.

(d-j) No reason to believe*
[re: excessive contributions]

6. MUR 4817

RESPONDENTS: (a) North Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council Political Action Committee (NCILDC PAC), Michael LaHood, treasurer (IL)

(b) John S. Evans, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(c) Frank Hovar, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(d) Michael J. LaHood, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(e) John Penn, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(f) Vincent Gamba, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(g) David McBride, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(h) Mike Smith, NCILDC PAC Executive Board (IL)

(i) Laborers’ Local 32 (IL)

(j) Laborers’ Local 82 (IL)

(k) Laborers’ Local 109 (IL)

(l) Laborers’ Local 165 (IL)

(m) Laborers’ Local 231 (IL)

(n) Laborers’ Local 287 (IL)

(o) Laborers’ Local 309 (IL)

(p) Laborers’ Local 362 (IL)

(q) Laborers’ Local 393 (IL)

(r) Laborers’ Local 538 (IL)

(s) Laborers’ Local 727 (IL)

(t) Laborers’ Local 751 (IL)

(u) Laborers’ Local 852 (IL)

(v) Laborers’ Local 911 (IL)

(w) Laborers’ Local 996 (IL)

(x) Laborers’ Local 1203 (IL)

COMPLAINANT: Gregory Hasty (IL)

SUBJECT: Labor union contributions/unauthorized use of union contributions

DISPOSITION: (a-x) No reason to believe*

 

 

7. MUR 4897

RESPONDENTS: Baesler for Senate Committee, Michael Sullivan, treasurer (KY)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour report (candidate loan totaling $75,000)

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $9,500 civil penalty*

8. MUR 4904

RESPONDENTS: Halter Marine Group, Inc. PAC (HALPAC) and its treasurer (MS)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $1,500 civil penalty*

9. MUR 4907

RESPONDENTS: Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee, Joseph Chavez, treasurer (CO)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $3,500 civil penalty*

10. MUR 4918

RESPONDENTS: (a) Buchanan Compliance Fund ’92, Angela M. "Bay" Buchanan, treasurer (VA)
(b) Buchanan Compliance Fund ’96, Angela M. "Bay" Buchanan, treasurer (VA)
(c) Helen O’Donnell (FL)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
Sent admonishment letter.

(b) No reason to believe*

(c) Took no action*

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint         3. "Probable cause" stage

2. "Reason to believe" stage                4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

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