News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release:                                                                                  Contact:  Kelly Huff
November 18, 1998                                                                                                           Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                             Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                              Ian Stirton




WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has made public its final action on three 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 4697

RESPONDENTS: Zimmer for Senate, Inc., David Millner, treasurer (NJ)


SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 4,300 civil penalty*

2.. MUR 4715

RESPONDENTS: People for Mike Curran for Congress, Scott Watkins, treasurer (IL)


SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

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

3. MUR 4750

RESPONDENTS: Harvey Gantt for Senate Campaign Committee, Bobby T. Martin, treasurer (NC)


SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 19,000 civil penalty*







4. MUR 4796

RESPONDENTS: (a) Ray E. Norvell, Vice President, DeLuca Liquor and Wine, Ltd. (NV)

(b) DeLuca Liquor and Wine, Ltd. (NV)

COMPLAINANT: Referral by Craig 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: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 10,000 civil penalty*

(knowing and willfull)

(b) Conciliation Agreement: $ 50,000 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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