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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
November 17, 2000                                                                                                                         Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 12 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 4762

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees

(b) American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees - PEOPLE (AFSCME -     PEOPLE), William Lucy, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Union contributions (in the form of express advocacy phone bank services); excessive and misreported contributions

DISPOSITION: (a-b) Conciliation Agreement: $ 6,500 civil penalty*

 

2. MUR 4978

 

RESPONDENTS: Mac Warren for Congress, Duane B. Starkey, treasurer (TX)

COMPLAINANT: Sarah Merrill (TX)

SUBJECT: Disclaimers

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

 

3. MUR 5007

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Jon Porter (NV)

(b) Friends of Jon Porter, Inc. George C. Swarts, treasurer (NV)

COMPLAINANT: Rory Reid, Chair, Nevada State Democratic Party (NV)

SUBJECT: Disclaimer

DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

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

Sent admonishment letter.

 

4. MUR 5015

 

RESPONDENTS: Lincoln Club of Riverside County, Kathleen A. Daley, treasurer (CA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $8,000 civil penalty*

 

5. MUR 5018

 

RESPONDENTS: Hispanic PAC, USA, Inc., Esteban Torres, treasurer (CA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 4,500 civil penalty*

 

6. MUR 5023

 

RESPONDENTS: Friends of Corrine Brown, Gloria Simmons, treasurer (FL)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $5,200 civil penalty*

 

7. MUR 5028 [See MUR 5054]

 

RESPONDENTS: Arab American Leadership Political Action Committee, James Joseph Zogby, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely (1998)

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 4,500 civil penalty*

[This conciliation agreement is a joint agreement for MURs 5028 and 5054]

 

8. MUR 5029/Pre-MUR 391

 

RESPONDENT: MSE Technology Applications, Inc. (MT)

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

SUBJECT: Government contractor; corporate contributions in the names of others

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 19,500 civil penalty* (knowing and willful)

 

9. MUR 5044

 

RESPONDENTS: The Loose Group, Frank G. Stevenson, Jr., treasurer (GA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $2,100 civil penalty*

 

10. MUR 5049

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Eva Clayton Committee for Congress, Patsy T. Hargrove, treasurer (NC)

(b) Theaoseus T. Clayton (NC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

SUBJECT: Excessive contribution

DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,500 civil penalty*

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

Sent admonishment letter.

 

 11. MUR 5054 [See MUR 5028]

 

RESPONDENTS: Arab American Leadership Political Action Committee, James Joseph Zogby, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely (1999)

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 4,500 civil penalty*

[This conciliation agreement is a joint agreement for MURs 5028 and 5054]

 

12. MUR 5084

 

RESPONDENTS: Travis County Democratic Party, Mina Clark, treasurer (TX)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report

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

Sent admonishment letter.

 

*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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