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For Immediate Release
July 11, 2001


Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton



WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public three additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 14 the total number of cases released thus far. The program’s goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expeditious resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.


1. ADR 008
RESPONDENTS: Omaha State Bank (NE)
SOURCE: Pre-MUR 387 - Complainant: Frank J. Daley, Jr., Executive Director, State of Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
SUBJECT: National bank contribution
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $500 civil penalty

Within 90 days of the effective date of the agreement, respondent will adopt and distribute to bank personnel, a policy prohibiting bank contributions to federal elections.

2. ADR 018
RESPONDENTS: Kurth for Congress, Brian G. Fisher, treasurer (FL)
SOURCE: MUR 5144 - Complainant: Congressman Dave Weldon (FL)
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
NEGOITIATED SETTLEMENT: Respondent acknowledges admonishing nature of agreement and agrees to file for termination.
3. ADR 032
RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Roger Kahn, G. Scott Rafshoon, treasurer (GA)

(b) Roger F. Kahn (GA)

(c) Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. (GA)

SOURCE: MUR 5074 - Complainant: William S. Simon (GA)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; failure to report receipts
NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: Commission determined that the alleged violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act were unsubstantiated and agreed to dismiss the matter.

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