News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
September 26, 2000                                                                                                                       Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 36 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 4748

RESPONDENTS: (a) WPXI, Inc. (WPXI-TV Channel 11) (PA)

(b) Pamela Spagnol, WPXI News Department Business Manager (PA)

(c) Carrie Moniot, WPXI Executive Producer, Special Projects Unit (PA)

(d) Robert Morford, former WPXI News Director (PA)

COMPLAINANTS: Judith Corley, Counsel for Citizens for Ron Klink (PA)

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others

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

2. MUR 4759

RESPONDENTS: (a) Phillip J. Maloof (NM)

(b) Friends of Phil Maloof, Dolores Gonzales, treasurer (NM)

(c) Supporters of Phil Maloof, Theresa Keaveny, treasurer (NM)

COMPLAINANTS: Republican Party of New Mexico, John Dendahl, Chairman (NM)

SUBJECT: Disclaimers; failure to file Statement of Candidacy timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 7,500 civil penalty*

3. MUR 4780

RESPONDENTS: (a) Harris Corporation (FL)

(b) Jeffrey Stanley (AK)

COMPLAINANT: Kimberly Blom (AK)

SUBJECT: Contribution by government contractor

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

4. MUR 4808

RESPONDENTS: (a) Miles S. Rapoport (CT)

(b) Rapoport for the First, Barbara Wiggins, treasurer (CT)

(c) Connecticut AFL-CIO and Labor 98 (CT)

COMPLAINANTS: John B. Larson and Larson for Congress (CT)

SUBJECT: Independent expenditures; use of union funds; failure to report contributions

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

 

5./6. MURs 4830 and 4845

RESPONDENTS: (a) Udall For Us All Committee, Carolyn H. Gonzales,

treasurer (NM) [4830/4845]

(b) Honorable Tom Udall (NM) [4830/4845]

(c) South Bay Voter Registration PAC, Sue Burnside,

treasurer (NM) [4830/4845]

(d) Jill Z. Cooper (NM)

  • (e) Arlene Bergman (NC)          (f) Barrie Bergman (NC)

  • (g) Yogi Bhajan (NM)                 (h) Curtis Boyd (NM)

    (i) Winiford Carlile (NM)           (j) Jessica Catto (NM)

    (k) John Clark (NM)                    (l) Rosamaria Clark (NM)

    (m) Marjorie Engel (NM)           (n) Suzanne Fisher (NY)

    (o) Thomas Dee Frasier (OK)     (p) Daniel Haft (NM)

    (q) Philip Hertzman (NM)          (r) Thomas Keesing (NM)

    (s) Jerome Kessler (NM)              (t) Helen Kornblum (MO)

    (u) Allan Kurtzman (CA)             (v) Robert Mang (NM)

    (w) Robert Martinez (DC)             (x) Marsha Mason (NM)

    (y) Susan McGreevy (NM)        (z) Joyce Melander-Dayton (NM)

    (aa) New Democratic Network, Simon Rosenberg, treasurer (DC)

    (bb) Transportation Political Education League, Roger D.

    Griffeth, treasurer (OH)

    (cc) Edith Pierpont (NM)           (dd) Rudolph Rasin (IL)

    (ee) Marie Ridder (VA)              (ff) Neil Rolde (ME)

    (gg) Michael Rosenberg (NM)  (hh) Donald Salazar (NM)

    (ii) Jane L. Schrieber (NM)          (jj) Carl Sheppard (NM)

    (kk) Susan Simons (NM)             (ll) Philip Smith (NM)

    (mm) Jay Stein (NM)           (nn) Dr. Edward Steinberg (FL)

    (oo) Michael Traynor (CA)        (pp) Lee Udall (NM)

    (qq) Stewart Udall (NM)             (rr) John Wirth (NM)

    (ss) Stuart Woods (CT)            (tt) Charles Zemach (NM)

    (uu) American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees (AFSCME) PAC, William Lucy, treasurer (DC)

    (vv) Democratic Republican Independent Voter Education Committee (DRIVE), Tom Server, treasurer (DC)

    (ww) International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Committee on Political Education (IBEW-COPE), Edwin D. Hill, treasurer (DC)

    (xx) George Coleman (NM)  (yy) Valerie J. Fairchild (NM)

    (zz) Brook Glaefke (MN)        (ab) Don Henley (CA)

    (ac) Sharon Henley (CA)         (ad) Jacqueline Hoefer (NM)

    (ae) William Kilgarlin (NM)   (af) Marion Noel (TX)

    (ag) Wendy Rockefeller (NY) (ah) Lynn Udall (NM)

    (ai) Georgia Webster (TX)

    COMPLAINANTS: Republican Party of New Mexico, John Dendahl, Chairman (NM)

    SUBJECT: Accepted post-primary contributions for the primary election in excess of net debt outstanding; excessive contributions; use of prohibited funds; failure to properly report loan; failure to record other contributions it received

    DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 6,000 civil penalty*

    (re: accepted post-primary contributions for the primary election in excess of net debt outstanding; excessive contributions; use of prohibited funds; failure to properly report loan; failure to record other contributions it received)

    (a - b) Failed to find reason to believe*

    (re: corporate contributions)

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

    (re: excessive contribution, prohibited contributions)

    (d) No reason to believe*

    (re: excessive contributions)

    (e-tt) No reason to believe*

    (uu-ai) Took no action*

     

    7. MUR 4903

    RESPONDENTS: Dallas Entrepreneurial Political Action Committee, Randall Goss, treasurer (DALENPAC) (TX)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,200 civil penalty*

    8. MUR 4920

    RESPONDENTS: Kind for Congress Committee, Mary JoAnn Werner, treasurer (WI)

    COMPLAINANT: Gary L. Arneson (WI)

    SUBJECT: Disclaimer

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

    Sent admonishment letter.

     

    9. MUR 4941

    RESPONDENTS: Friends for Harry Reid, Clifford R. Beadle, treasurer (NV)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour report (candidate loan totalling $100,000)

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 12,500 civil penalty*

    10. MUR 4946

    RESPONDENTS: (a) CBS News (NY)

    (b) Fox News (NY)

    (c) CNBC News (NJ)

    (d) NBC News (NY)

    (e) MSNBC News (DE)

    (f) CNN (GA)

    (g) ABC News (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: Robert Vinson Brannum (DC)

    SUBJECT: Corporate contributions (in the form of biased news coverage and commentary); denied access to federal candidates

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

    11. MUR 4968

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Perot ’96, J. Michael Poss, treasurer (TX)

    (b) Reform Party of the United States of America, Michael B. Morris, Jr., treasurer (TX)

    (c) Russell Verney, Chairman, Reform Party of the United States of America (TX)

    COMPLAINANTS: Mary Clare and William T. Wohlford (VA)

    SUBJECT: Improper winding down expenditures; volunteer services

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

    [re: any provision of the Act]

     

    12. MUR 4987

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Commission on Presidential Debates (DC)

    (b) Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission on Presidential

    Debates (DC)

    (c) Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission on Presidential Debates (DC)

    (d) Republican National Committee - RNC, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)

    (e) DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee, Andres Tobias, treasurer (DC)

    COMPLAINANTS: Reform Party of the USA (AZ)

    Pat Choate, Chairman, Reform Party (AZ)

    Patrick J. Buchanan (VA)

    Buchanan Reform (VA)

    Angela Buchanan (VA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; corporate contributions

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

    [re: failure to register and report; corporate contributions]

    (d-e) No reason to believe*

    [re: failure to report contributions; corporate contributions]

     

    13. MUR 4989

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Dole for President Committee, Robert J. Dole, treasurer (DC)

    (b) Dole/Kemp ’96 Inc., Robert J. Dole, treasurer (DC)

    (c) US Airways, Inc. (VA)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Corporate contributions (extension of credit outside ordinary

    course of business)

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

     

     

     

    14. MUR 4996

    RESPONDENTS: Pakistani American Physicians Public Affairs Committee, Dr. Parvez Shah, treasurer (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to amend Statement of Organization timely; failure to file disclosure report timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 5,500 civil penalty*

    [Committee knowing and willfully failed to file 1998, 30 Day Post- General Report timely. Respondents agree to file amendments to all reports filed in 1999 and 2000 to reflect the Committee’s correct

    cash-on-hand.]

     

    15. MUR 4997

    RESPONDENTS: National Cotton Council Committee for the Advancement of Cotton, William R. Tracy, treasurer (TN)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,050 civil penalty*

    16. MUR 5002

    RESPONDENTS: Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Political Action Committee, Walt A. Barrows, treasurer (IL)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,800 civil penalty*

    17. MUR 5004

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Commission on Presidential Debates (DC)

    (b) Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission on Presidential

    Debates (DC)

    (c) Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission on Presidential Debates (DC)

    (d) Republican National Committee - RNC, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)

    (e) DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee, Andrew Tobias, treasurer (DC)

    COMPLAINANTS: Natural Law Party of the United States ("NLP") (IA)

    John Hagelin (IA)

    John Moore (IA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; corporate contributions

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

    [re: failure to register and report; corporate contributions]

    (d-e) No reason to believe*

    [re: failure to report contributions; corporate contributions]

     

     

    18. MUR 5008

    RESPONDENTS: People for Patty Murray - U.S. Senate Campaign, C. Brandon Hall, treasurer (WA)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file or timely file 48-hour reports

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 6,400 civil penalty*

    19. MUR 5009

    RESPONDENTS: Sonoma County Republican Central Committee, Robert A. Matthews, treasurer (CA)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 3,100 civil penalty*

    20. MUR 5021

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Commission on Presidential Debates (DC)

    (b) Paul G. Kirk, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission on Presidential

    Debates (DC)

    (c) Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Co-Chairman, Commission Presidential Debates (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: Mary Clare Wohlford and William T. Wohlford (VA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debates

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

    [re: failure to register and report; corporate contributions]

     

    21. MUR 5047

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

    (b) World Wide Travel Services, Inc. (AR)

    (c) M.S. Green - Little Rock Corporation d/b/a the Excelsior Hotel (AR)

    (d) AT&T Corporation (DE)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Corporate contributions (in the form of extensions of credit)

    DISPOSITION: (a-c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    (a & d) No reason to believe* [re: extension of credit from AT&T]

     

    22. MUR 5051

    RESPONDENTS: Democratic National Committee, Andrew Tobias, treasurer (DC)

    [re: Victory ’96 Joint Fundraising project of the DNC and Clinton/Gore ’96 General Election Legal and Compliance Fund]

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Failure to report contributor’s occupation and names of employers

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

     

    23. MUR 5052

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Mid-America Conservative Political Action Committee (MACPAC), Les Borsay, treasurer (IA)

    (b) Corey for Senate, Leroy Corey, treasurer (IA)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Failure to report receipts and disbursements; failure to maintain records; misstatement of financial activity; excessive contributions; excessive cash disbursements

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

    [re: failure to report receipts and disbursements; failure to maintain records; misstatement of financial activity; excessive contributions; excessive cash disbursements ]

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

    [re: excessive contributions; failure to report contributions]

     

    24. MUR 5055

    RESPONDENTS: McCormick for Congress, Joseph F. McCormick, treasurer (GA)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

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

    Instructed to take corrective action.

    The Enforcement Priority System (EPS) rates all incoming cases against objective criteria to determine whether they warrant use of the Commission’s limited resources.

    Cases dismissed under EPS fall into two categories: low-rated cases and stale cases. Low rated cases are those that do not warrant use of the Commission’s resources to pursue because of their lower significance relative to other pending matters. Stale cases are those that initially received a higher rating but have remained unassigned for a significant period due to a lack of staff resources for effective investigation. Effective enforcement relies upon the timely pursuit of complaints and referrals to ensure compliance with the law. Investigations concerning activity more remote in time usually require a greater commitment of resources, primarily due to the fact that the evidence of such activity becomes more difficult to develop as it ages. The utility of commencing an investigation declines as these cases age, until they reach a point when activation of a case would not be an efficient use of the Commission’s resources. As cases reach this point, they are recommended for dismissal.

    Dismissed - Stale

    25. Pre-MUR 369

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Christopher White, President and CEO, Mid-American Waste Systems, Inc. (OH)

    (b) Mid-American Waste Systems, Inc. (MAWS) (OH)

    COMPLAINANT: Referral by Jon E. DeGuilio, Esq., United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice (IN)

    SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others

    DISPOSITION: (a-b) Declined to open MUR*

    26. MUR 4721

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Didrickson for US Senate, Lynn Didrickson, treasurer (IL)

    (b) Chicago Sightseeing Co., Inc., Don Ferrone, President (IL)

    COMPLAINANT: Michael R. Cys (IL)

    SUBJECT: Failure to disclose disbursements; corporate contributions

    DISPOSITION: Reason to believe/Took no further action*

     

    27. MUR 4779

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., (MD)

    (b) Ehrlich for Congress Committee, Henry A. Grandizio, treasurer (MD)

    (c) Towson University (MD)

    COMPLAINANT: Myles B. Hoenig (MD)

    SUBJECT: Disclaimer

     

    28. MUR 4795

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Larry Pressler (SD)

    (b) Friends of Larry Pressler, Daniel A. Nelson, treasurer (SD)

    (c) David and Christina Yeh (CA)

    (d) Tay K. Tin (CA)

    (e) Angus Setiawan (CA)

    (f) Susan Henes-Dequeljoe (CA)

    (g) Charles L. Dequeljoe (CA)

    (h) Joseph and Hylen Sund (NY)

    (i) Felix and Mary Ma (CA)

    COMPLAINANT: Roger Andal (SD)

    SUBJECT: Use of campaign funds for personal use; failure to accurately report disbursements

     

    29. MUR 4810

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Independence Party of New York, Tom Galisano, treasurer (NY)

    (b) Friends of John LaFalce, Theresa F. Opalinski, treasurer (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: Ralph M. Mohr (NY)

    SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; excessive contributions; disclaimer; failure to file 48-hour reports

    30. MUR 4820

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Helen P. Chenoweth (ID)

    (b) Chenoweth for Congress Committee, Richard W. Jackson,

    treasurer (ID)

    (c) Republican National Committee, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)

    (d) National Republican Congressional Committee, Donna M. Anderson, treasurer (DC)

    (e) Idaho Republican Party Federal Campaign Account, Cheryl Miller, treasurer (ID)

    COMPLAINANTS: W. Anthony Park, State Chair, Idaho State Democratic Party (ID)

    SUBJECT: Issue ads

     

    31. MUR 4839

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Charles A. (Chuck) Pierce (MO)

    (b) Pierce for Auditor, Marc. H. Ellinger, treasurer (MO)

    (c) William J. Federer (MO)

    (d) Federer for Congress Committee, Thomas M. Busken, treasurer (MO)

    (e) Honorable Kenny C. Hulshof (MO)

    (f) Hulshof for Congress, John E. Becker, Sr., treasurer (MO)

    (g) KSDK - TV (Channel 5, NBC) (MO)

    COMPLAINANTS: Judith L. Corley, Counsel, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DC) and Missouri Democratic Party (MO)

    SUBJECT: Use of non-federal funds in connection with federal elections; excessive contributions

    32. MUR 4841

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Richard H. Baker (LA)

    (b) Baker for Congress Committee, Alvin J. Ourso, Jr., treasurer (LA)

    (c) Baker Agency, Richard Baker, Owner (LA)

    (d) Kay Baker and K’s Louisiana Market, Kay Baker, Owner (LA)

    (e) Christine Casteel, Owner, Tricolor Group (LA)

    (f) Durwood Casteel (LA)

    COMPLAINANTS: Louisiana Democratic Party, Ben Jeffers, Chairman (LA)

    SUBJECT: Use of campaign funds for personal use; failure to accurately report disbursements; excessive contributions

    33. MUR 4855

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Michael Burkhold (SC)

    (b) Committee to Elect Mike Burkhold to Congress, Hulic Ratterree, treasurer (SC)

    (c) Zeus Mediterranean Foods and Michael B. Burkhold, Jr., President - Managing Member (SC)

    COMPLAINANTS: Spratt for Congress Committee, John M. Spratt, Jr., Esq. (SC)

    SUBJECT: Failure to provide contributor information and demonstrate "best efforts"; candidate loans from other than personal funds

     

    34. MUR 4861

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Matthew K. Fong (CA)

    (b) Matt Fong US Senate Committee, William R. Turner, treasurer (CA)

    (c) Pension and Benfits Insurance and Adam R. DeVone, Owner (CA)

    COMPLAINANT: Michael A. Sedéy (CA)

    SUBJECT: Contributions in the names of others

     

     

    35. MUR 4865

    RESPONDENTS: (a) The Mercury Group, Inc., Tony Makris, Executive Director (VA)

    (b) Ackerman McQueen, Inc. (OK)

    (c) National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre, Executive

    Director (VA)

    (d) Arena Political Action Committee (ARENA PAC), Barbara W. Bonfiglio, treasurer (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: Weldon H. Clark, Jr. (SC)

    SUBJECT: Use of improper funds for federal elections; other matters not within FEC jurisdiction

     

    36. MUR 4880

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Tom Pigeon (CA)

    (b) Shirlee Pigeon (CA)

    (c) Word Mill Publishing Company (CA)

    (d) The Inland Empire Conservative Coalition (CA)

    (e) The Conservative Voice (CA)

    (f) Khoury for Congress Campaign Committee, Sally Ann Grossman, treasurer (CA)

    (g) California Republican Assembly (CA)

    (h) Ken Calvert for Congress, Varis C. Smith, treasurer (CA)

    (i) Southern California Christian Times (CA)

    (j) National Policy Council (DC)

    (k) Arab American Institute (DC)

    (l) Dr. James Zogby President, Arab American Institute (DC)

    (m) American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Hala Maksoud (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: R. M. "Cook" Barela (CA)

    SUBJECT: Numerous allegations

    *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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