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For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Kelly Huff
February 26, 1998                                                 Ron Harris
                                                                  Sharon Snyder
                                                                  Ian Stirton

FEC RELEASES FIVE COMPLIANCE CASES

WASHINGTON-The Federal Election Commission has made public its final action on five 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. (Please see footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1./2. MURs 4408 and 4409

RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Kevin W. Quigley (WA)
  • (b) Kevin Quigley for Congress, Stephen Dean, treasurer (WA)
  • (c) 39th Legislative District Democrats, Clarajean Heirman, treasurer (WA)
  • (d) Citizens for Quigley, and treasurer (WA)
  • COMPLAINANTS: Maria Cino, (former) Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC) [4408]

    Joseph D.Bowen (WA) [4409]

    SUBJECT: Contributions in the name of another; labor organizations and/or corporate contributions (in the form of a transfer from state (non-federal) account); failure to properly report contributions

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

    [re: contributions in the name of another; labor organizations and/or corporate contributions]

    (b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
    [re: all of the above]

    (c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
    [re: contributions in the name of another]

    (d) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
    [re: contributions in the name of another; labor organizations and/or corporate contributions]

    (a-d) Sent admonishment letters.

    3. MUR 4443

    RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Kevin Quigley for Congress, Stephen Dean, treasurer (WA)
  • (b) Washington Chiropractic Trust, Joel Vranna, treasurer (WA)
  • (c) United Psychologists, Charles Maurer, treasurer (WA)
  • (d) Fire Services Fund of Washington, J. Pete Spiller, treasurer (WA)
  • (e) Washington State Dental PAC, Irene Hannaford, treasurer (WA)
  • (f) Retail Pharmacy Council PAC, Liz Merten, treasurer (WA)
  • (g) Osteopathic PAC of Washington, Kathleen Itter, treasurer (WA)
  • (h) Washington School Administrators, Robert Kraig, treasurer (WA)
  • (i) Home Care PAC, Donna Cameron, treasurer (WA)
  • COMPLAINANT: Joseph D. Bowen (WA)

    SUBJECT: Labor organization and/or corporate contributions; failure to register

    DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
    [re: labor organizations and/or corporate contributions]
    Sent admonishment letter.

    (b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
    [re: labor organizations and/or corporate contributions]

    No reason to believe*
    [re: failure to register]

    (c-i) No reason to believe*

    [re: failure to register]

    4. MUR 4608

    RESPONDENTS: New York State Democratic Committee, Marcia Allina, treasurer (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to accurately report disbursements; failure to disclose debts

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 45,000 civil penalty*

    Respondent will also undertake certain accounting procedures, reviews and training.

    5. MUR 4691

    RESPONDENTS: Roger H. Bedford for U.S. Senate, Roger H. Bedford, treasurer (AL)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 5,500 civil penalty*

    *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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