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For Immediate Release:                                                                                     Contact:  Kelly Huff
September 18, 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. MUR 4760

RESPONDENTS: American Crop Protection Association Political Action Committee, Jay J. Vroom, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

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

2/3. MURS 4769 and 4770

RESPONDENTS: Thurston County Democratic Central Committee, Sandra M. Groves, treasurer (WA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file amended Statement of Organization; failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $2,900 civil penalty*

4. MUR 4772

RESPONDENT: Sun-Land Products of California (CA)

COMPLAINANTS: Referral by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division, U. S. Department of Justice (DC)

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $80,000 civil penalty*

(Knowing and willfull)

5. MUR 4790

RESPONDENT: E. William Crotty (FL)

COMPLAINANT: Sua sponte

SUBJECT: Exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit (1996)

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $13,989 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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