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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
December 30, 1999                                                                                                                       Ron Harris
Corrected release 1/3/2000                                                                                                          Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

 

 

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on nine 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 4395

RESPONDENTS: Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: Goodwin P. Back (TN)

SUBJECT: Failure to report foreign travel as campaign-related expenses

DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act or Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act]

2. MUR 4480

RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

(b) Richard Morris (CT)

COMPLAINANTS: Richard A. Delgaudio, President, Legal Affairs Council (VA)

SUBJECT: Improper use of taxpayer funds for non-qualified campaign expenses

DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act or Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act]

3. MUR 4648/Pre-MUR 320

RESPONDENTS: (a) New York Republican Federal Campaign Committee, Michael Avella, treasurer (NY)

    • (b) William D. Powers (NY)
    • (c) Jeffrey T. Buley (NY)
    • (d) Arthur Bramwell (NY)
    • (e) David R. Dudley (NY)
    • (f) Mary F. Obwald (NY)
    • (g) Gregory V. Serio (NY)
    • (h) Luther Mook (NY)
    • (i) Kings County Republican Committee and treasurer (NY)
    • (j) Dorn & Associates, P.C. (NY)

COMPLAINANT: Referral by David R. Homer, (former) Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief, Criminal Division, Northern District of New York (NY)

SUBJECT: Failure to report proper purpose for disbursements; failure to report full names and addresses of, and proper amounts of disbursements to recipients; failure to keep an account of name and address of every person to whom disbursements were made; failure to maintain records; excessive cash disbursements; corporate contribution; failure to register and report

DISPOSITION: (a-c) Conciliation Agreement: $128,000 civil penalty*

[re: failure to report proper purpose for disbursements; failure to report full names and addresses of, and proper amounts of disbursements to recipients; failure to keep an account of name and address of every person to whom disbursements were made; failure to maintain records; excessive cash disbursements]

  • (e-h) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: excessive cash disbursements]

  • (i) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

  • [re: corporate contribution; failure to register and report]

  • (j) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

  • [re: corporate contribution]

    4. MUR 4669

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

    (b) Clinton/Gore ’96 General Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

    COMPLAINANTS: Mark Kleinman, People for Truth (DC)

    SUBJECT: Failure to pay for campaign travel; failure to properly disclose expenditures

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

    [re: any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act or Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act]

    5. MUR 4822

    RESPONDENTS: Friends for Harry Reid, Paul Eisenberg, treasurer (NV)

    COMPLAINANTS: National Republican Senatorial Committee, Steven J. Law, Executive Director (DC)

    SUBJECT: Failure to properly report payroll expenditures

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $3,000 civil penalty*

    Respondents agree to amend disclosure reports to properly report payroll expenditures; to properly report expenditures relating to campaign staff in all future reports; and amend Statement of Organization to reflect the bank depository name change.

     

    6. MUR 4906

    RESPONDENTS: Iowa Democratic Party, Mary Maloney, treasurer (IA) COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $6,000 civil penalty*

     

    7. MUR 4908

    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: $4,000 civil penalty*

    8. MUR 4913

    RESPONDENTS: Ryan for Congress Committee, Larry E. Everhart, treasurer (WI)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $6,000 civil penalty*

    9. MUR 4939

    RESPONDENTS: Feingold Senate Committee, Reuben Damm, treasurer (WI)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports; misreporting amount of contribution

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $9,000 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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