|For Immediate Release
June 1, 2001
CAMPAIGN CITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PRE-RUN-OFF REPORT
WASHINGTON -- California will be holding a run-off election on June 5, 2000, to select candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 32nd congressional district.
Provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in a primary, run-off or general election to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.
As of 5 p.m. June 1, 2001, a disclosure report from the following committees had not been filed:*
CA/32...DIANE E. WATSON FOR CONGRESS...KINDE DURKEE, TREAS...DIANE E. WATSON...DEM
The reports were due by close-of-business May 24, and were to include financial activity from March 22 through May 16. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by May 21.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.
The FEC notified committees involved in the primary and run-off elections of their potential filing requirements on March 5. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on May 25 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
Mandatory electronic filing requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001. Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001. A Mandatory Electronic Filing Notice was sent on May 30, 2001 notifying the committee that their paper filing was not a valid filing, and that they must file their report electronically.
Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-primary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, including the imposition of civil penalties ($5,500 for "any violation" and $11,000 for any "knowing and willful" violation).
The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees that are participating in the runoff election will be the post-runoff reports, due July 5. They will cover activity from May 17 through June 25.
*A paper copy of the Pre-Run-off Report has been filed. However, the committee was required to file their report electronically.