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For Immediate Release
September 28, 2001

Contact:

Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 12 more Administrative Fines cases with $39,850 in civil money penalties, bringing to 259 the number of cases made public with $356,472 in fines collected. In addition, there are numerous cases in various stages of the Administrative Fines process. Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

      The Administrative Fine Program, authorized by Congress in 1999 in response to a legislative recommendation made by the FEC (see News Release May 31, 2000), has a twofold purpose: to free critical Commission resources for more important and complex enforcement efforts, and to reduce the number of financial reports filed late or not at all.   The Administrative Fines Program encompasses a range of civil money penalties set high enough to discourage committees from considering them an acceptable ‘cost of doing business’, but not so high as to be exorbitant.

      Civil money penalties will be determined by the number of days late, the amount of financial activity involved, and any prior penalties for reporting violations. Election sensitive reports (reports and notices filed prior to an election) will receive higher penalties.

1.

AF 0117

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Tico Perez for Congress Campaign, Karl S. Palvisak, treasurer (FL)

 

   REPORT:

October Quarterly 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$0

(Penalty reduced due to lack of activity on report)

 

2.

AF 0142 (MUR 5143)

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Lauren Beth Gash for Congress, Barry J. Shapiro, treasurer (IL)

 

   REPORT:

October Quarterly 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

   PENALTY:

$9,900 civil money penalty

3.

AF 0160

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Rely on your Beliefs Fund, Gordon Elliott, treasurer (MO)

 

   REPORT:

October Quarterly 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

   PENALTY:

$1,300 civil money penalty

 

 

 

4.

AF 0189

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Friends of Mike Forbes, Anne Moroh, treasurer (NY)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

   PENALTY:

$650 civil money penalty

 

 

 

5.

AF 0199

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Pryce for Congress, Robert J. Peck, treasurer (OH)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$6,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

6.

AF 0203

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Garza for Congress Committee, Ricardo E. Calderon, treasurer (TX)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$2,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

7.

AF 0209

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

American Hotel Motel Political Action Committee, Joori Jeon, treasurer (DC)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$3,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

8.

AF 0215

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Countrywide Credit Industries Inc. PAC, Sidney Lenz, treasurer (TX)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$1,000 civil money penalty

9.

AF 0218

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC, Karen M. Kresta, treasurer (TX)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$9,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

10.

AF 0225

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

National Fisheries Institute Fisheries Political Action Committee (FISHPAC), Richard E. Gutting Jr., treasurer (VA)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$1,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

11.

AF 0232

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Transport Workers Union - Local 100 Political Contributions Committee, Dennis Calhoun, treasurer (NY)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$4,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

12.

AF 0233

 

 

 

 

 

   RESPONDENTS:

Trinity Industries Employee PAC Inc., Mike Mason, treasurer (TX)

 

   REPORT:

12 Day Pre-General 2000

 

* LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

   PENALTY:

$2,000 civil money penalty

 

 

 

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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