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For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Kelly Huff
January 30, 1998                                                  Ron Harris
                                                                  Sharon Snyder
                                                                  Ian Stirton
FEC RELEASES 26 COMPLIANCE CASES

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has made public its final action on 26 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 3664

RESPONDENTS:
Bush-Quayle '92 General Committee, Inc., J. Stanley Huckaby, treasurer (DC)
COMPLAINANT: Carol Darr on behalf of Democratic National Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Failure to properly report debts and obligations for campaign- related travel
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 25,000 civil penalty*
[This conciliation agreement is a joint agreement for MURs 3664, 4171 and 4289]

2. MUR 4171

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Bush-Quayle '92 Primary Committee, Inc., J. Stanley Huckaby, treasurer (DC)
(b) Robert B. Holt (TX)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (1992 Presidential Audit)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; corporate contributions; failure to provide contributor information ("best efforts"); excessive contributions in the form of staff advances; failure to properly disclose debts and obligations
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 25,000 civil penalty*
[This conciliation agreement is a joint agreement for MURs 3664,
4171 and 4289]
[re: failure to properly disclose debts and obligations; excessive contributions in the form of staff advances]
Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: excessive contributions; corporate contributions; failure to provide contributor information]
(b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: excessive contributions in the form of staff advances]


3. MUR 4289

RESPONDENTS:
Bush-Quayle '92 Compliance Committee, Inc., J. Stanley Huckaby, treasurer (DC)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (1992 Presidential Audit)
SUBJECT: Failure to properly report non-travel related debts and obligations
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 25,000 civil penalty*
[This conciliation agreement is a joint agreement for MURs 3664,
4171 and 4289]

4. MUR 4283

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Honorable Helen Chenoweth (ID)
(b) Chenoweth for Congress Committee, Richard W. Jackson, treasurer (ID)
(c) West One Bank (ID)
(d) Consulting Associates Incorporated (ID)
COMPLAINANT: William L. Mauk, Chair, Idaho Democratic Party (ID)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; personal use of campaign funds; bank contribution (form of unsecured loan)
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

5. MUR 4387

RESPONDENTS:
Friends of Conrad Burns, Jim Swain, treasurer (MT)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit - 1994 Election)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to file 48-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Took no action*

6. MUR 4402/Pre-MUR 323

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Honorable Helen Chenoweth (ID)
(b) Chenoweth for Congress, Richard W. Jackson, treasurer (ID) (c) West One Bank (ID)
COMPLAINANT: Referral from Betty H. Richardson, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, District of Idaho (ID)
SUBJECT: Bank contribution (form of unsecured loan)
DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

7. MUR 4446

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Clinton/Gore '96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)
(b) President William J. Clinton (DC)
(c) DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee, Carol Pensky, treasurer (DC)
(d) Random House, Inc. (NY)
(e) Times Books (NY)
COMPLAINANT: Goodwin P. Back (TN)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-e) Took no action*


8. MUR 4447

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Clinton/Gore '96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)
(b) President William J. Clinton (DC)
(c) DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee, Carol Pensky, treasurer (DC)
(d) Random House, Inc. (NY)
(e) Times Books (NY)
COMPLAINANT: Goodwin P. Back (TN)
SUBJECT: Corporate contribution/contribution solicitation
DISPOSITION: (a-e) Took no action*

9. MUR 4454

RESPONDENTS:
(a) The Green Party, James Orlando Ogle, III, treasurer (CA)
(b) Ralph Nader (DC)
(c) Green Party Organizing Committee (GPOC), Alfred Christopher Lane, III, treasurer (CA)
(d) Green Party USA, Bruce Hinkforth, treasurer (NY)
COMPLAINANT:
Michael Johnson, Nader Watch (CA)
SUBJECT: Failure to register and report
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

10. MUR 4474

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Al Salvi (IL)
(b) Al Salvi for Senate Committee, Stephanie Mustell, treasurer (IL)
COMPLAINANT: Gary J. LaPaille (IL)
SUBJECT: Failure to disclose loans
DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

11. MUR 4481

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Diamond Bar Caucus PAC, Lois McManus, treasurer (CA)
(b) Gary Neely, Executive Director, Diamond Bar Caucus PAC (CA)
(c) Committee to Elect Bob Huff, Ron Clark, treasurer (CA)
(d) Incontext Corporation (Canada)
(e) Montreal Trust Company (Canada)
(f) Blackberry Properties (Canada)
(g) Committee to Elect Carol Herrera to Diamond Bar City Council, Scott Lyle, treasurer (CA)
COMPLAINANT: Clair Harmony (CA)
SUBJECT: Foreign national contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-g) Took no action*

12. MUR 4491


RESPONDENTS:
(a) Richard Sybert (CA)
(b) Rich Sybert for Congress, Charles F. Zilm, treasurer (CA)
(c) Citizens for Fair Representation, Douglas A. Hewiston, treasurer (CA) (d) Thomas Lee (CA)
COMPLAINANT: Ken Goldman, Sherman for Congress (CA)
SUBJECT: Disclaimers; independent expenditures
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

13. MUR 4497

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Ed Pease (IN)
(b) Pease for Congress, Stephen E. Hacket, treasurer (IN)
(c) Robert A. Funk (OK)
COMPLAINANT: Robert F. Hellman, Hellman for Congress (IN)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit
DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

14. MUR 4511

RESPONDENTS:
(a) James Robert Coffin (NV)
(b) Coffin for Congress Committee, Michael W. Kern, treasurer (NV)
(c) Pioneer Citizens Bank (NV)
(d) Mary Hausch (NV)
COMPLAINANT: Maria Cino, (former) Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; bank loan outside the ordinary course of business
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

15. MUR 4519

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Family Taxpayers' Foundation, Jack Roeser, President (IL)
(b) Al Salvi for US Senate, Dana Grigoroff, treasurer (IL)
(c) Dennis O' Sullivan (IL)
(d) Carole Cardot (IL)
COMPLAINANT: Gary J. LaPaille, Democratic Party of Illinois (IL)
SUBJECT: Unreported coordinated expenditures
DISPOSITION: (a-d) Took no action*

16. MUR
4542

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Honorable Dan Frisa (NY)
(b) Dan Frisa for Congress, Patrick H. O'Sullivan, treasurer (NY)
COMPLAINANT: Lisa Tyson, Long Island Progressive Coalition (NY)
SUBJECT: Failure to report contributions and disbursements; failure to provide contributor information "best efforts"
DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

17. MUR 4554

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Byron for Congress, Dale Cox, CPA, treasurer (FL)
(b) Melbourne Eye Associates, Inc. (FL)
(c) Media Strategies and Research (DC)
(d) Robert Weiss (FL)
(e) Michael Weiss (FL)
COMPLAINANT: Maria Cino, (former) Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Contributions by minor children; disclaimers; corporate contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-e) Took no action*

18. MUR 4561

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Hoffman for Congress Committee, Dennis Ruth, treasurer (IL)
(b) Honorable Jay Hoffman (IL)
(c) Committee to ReElect O' Daniel, Norma O'Daniel, treasurer (IL)
(d) Honorable William O'Daniel (IL)
(e) Citizens for Woolard, David Hindman, treasurer (IL)
(f) Honorable Larry Woolard (IL)
(g) Citizens for Steve Davis, Dianne Blasa, treasurer (IL)
(h) Honorable Steve Davis (IL)
(i) Committee to Elect Tom Holbrook, Darryl Elbe, treasurer (IL)
(j) Honorable Tom Holbrook (IL)
(k) Citizens for Judy Erwin, Marlene Demuzio, treasurer (IL)
(l) Honorable Judy Erwin (IL)
COMPLAINANT: Maria Cino, (former) Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Use of state (non-federal) funds for federal election
DISPOSITION: (a-l) Took no action*

19. MUR
4563

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Honorable Alfonse D'Amato (NY)
(b) Friends of Senator D'Amato (1998 Committee), Linda J. Schwantner, treasurer (NY)
(c) Renew New York/Bond Act Committee, Arthur W. Jaspan, treasurer (NY)
(d) Hushang Ansary (TX)
(e) Renew New York Political Action Committee, John V. Scaduto, treasurer (NY)
COMPLAINANTS:
Judith Hope, Chair, New York State Democratic Committee (NY)
SUBJECT: Failure to report contributions and expenditures
DISPOSITION: (a-e) Took no action*

20. MUR
4564

RESPONDENTS:
(a) National Republican Congressional Committee, Donna Singleton, treasurer (DC)
(b) Ron Paul for Congress Committee, Lori Paul Pyeatt, treasurer (TX)
COMPLAINANT: William "Billy" Rogers (TX)
SUBJECT: Exceeding the coordinated expenditure limit; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

21. MUR 4569

RESPONDENTS:
McGovern Committee, William T. Talcott, treasurer (MA)
COMPLAINANT: Maria Cino, (former) Executive Director, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Took no action*

22. MUR 4586


RESPONDENTS:
(a) Honorable Zach Wamp (TN)
(b) Friends of Zach Wamp, L. Dan Johnson, treasurer (TN)
(c) J. Wayne Cropp, Chairman, Friends of Zach Wamp (TN)
(d) Gene McKissic and The Informer, Inc. (TN)
(e) Yogesh K. Gandhi (CA)
COMPLAINANT: Charles N. Jolly (TN)
SUBJECT: Use of Congressional resources for campaign activity; corporate contribution; failure to report debt or disbursement
DISPOSITION: (a-e) Took no action*

23. MUR 4590

RESPONDENTS:
(a) Oklahoma Education Association, Barbara Smith, President (OK)
(b) National Education Association, Robert F. Chase, President (DC)
COMPLAINANT: John Terneus (OK)
SUBJECT: Voter guides
DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

24. MUR 4679

RESPONDENTS:
Lampson for Congress, W.S. "Bud" Leonard, treasurer (TX)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)
SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 6,200 civil penalty*

25. MUR 4702

RESPONDENTS:
D.C. Republican Committee Federal Campaign Committee, Roger Moffatt, treasurer (DC)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,700 civil penalty*

26. MUR 4704

RESPONDENTS:
American Family Life Assurance Company ("AFLAC")
COMPLAINANT: Referral by Theodore S. Greenberg, Deputy Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel (VA)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 80,000 civil penalty*
[knowing and willful]

*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.