News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
May 31, 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 2804R [Reopened MUR 2804 - See news releases dated 12/21/90 and 7/15/92]

RESPONDENT: American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

COMPLAINANT: On remand from United States Supreme Court in FEC v. Akins, et. al.

SUBJECT: Failure to register and report

DISPOSITION: Found , in light of revised Commission regulations, that American Israel Public Affairs Committee was a membership organization during the period addressed in MUR 2804 and voted to adhere to its determinations of no probable cause to believe* [re: failure to register and report]

2. MUR 4754

RESPONDENTS: (a) Heather Wilson (NM)

(b) Heather Wilson for Congress, David A. Archuleta, treasurer (NM)

(c ) Republican Campaign Committee of New Mexico, Laurie Fowler, treasurer (NM)

COMPLAINANT: Ray D. Sena, Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico (NM)

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to accurately report contributions; disclaimer

DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

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

[re: excessive contribution in connection with mailer; failure to accurately report contribution in connection with phone bank]

No reason to believe*

[re: excessive contribution in connection with phone bank]

Sent admonishment letter.

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

[re: excessive contribution in the form of mailers; failure to properly report in-kind contribution in connection with phone bank; disclaimer]

No reason to believe*

[re: excessive contribution in connection with phone bank]

Sent admonishment letter.

3. MUR 4914

RESPONDENTS: Bob Etheridge for Congress Committee, Charles W. Carpenter, treasurer (NC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 3,500 civil penalty*

4. MUR 4924

RESPONDENTS: (a) Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)

(b) Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee, William J. Cunningham, III, treasurer (NY)

(c ) Terence McAuliffe (VA)

COMPLAINANTS: Peter T. Flaherty, Chairman, Conservative Campaign Fund (VA)

SUBJECT: Excessive contribution (in the form of guaranty for bank loan)

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

5. MUR 4925

RESPONDENTS: Heather Wilson for Congress, David A. Archuleta, treasurer (NM)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports; failure to report campaign contribution

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 15,000 civil penalty*

6. MUR 4926

RESPONDENTS: (a) Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)

(b) Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee, William J. Cunningham, III, treasurer (NY)

(c ) Terence McAuliffe (VA)

COMPLAINANT: Jeffrey S. Smith (PA)

SUBJECT: Excessive contribution (in the form of guaranty for bank loan)

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

7. MUR 4937

RESPONDENTS: Freedom Leadership Political Action Committee, James M. Newberry, treasurer (MD)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

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

8. MUR 4938

RESPONDENTS: Composition Roofers Local Union #30 Political Action & Education Fund, Tom Pedrick, treasurer (PA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $3,500 civil penalty*

9. MUR 4949/Pre-MUR 368

RESPONDENTS: Northeast Utilities Employees’ Political Action Committee, Jennifer L. Diggins, treasurer (CT)

COMPLAINANT: Sua sponte

SUBJECT: Failure to report non-federal receipts and disbursements

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 15,000 civil penalty*

10. MUR 4950

RESPONDENTS: City Political Action Committee (CityPAC), Matthew G. Mitzen, treasurer (IL)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

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

11. MUR 4965

RESPONDENTS: Tammy Baldwin for Congress Committee, Michael Childers,

treasurer (WI)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $7,000 civil penalty*

12. MUR 4990

RESPONDENTS: Graphic Communications International Union Political Contributions Committee, Gerald Deneau, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $2,800 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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