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For Immediate Release
November 30, 2001

Contact:

Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on two 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 5077
RESPONDENTS: Golding '98 Congress, William L. Golding, treasurer (FL)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*
2. MUR 5078
RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Joe Baca, Joe Baca, treasurer (CA)

(b) Honorable Joe Baca (CA)

COMPLAINANTS: Donald G. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Excessive contribution; corporate contributions; failure to file 48-hour reports; failure to report debts and obligations; failure to accurately report disbursements; failure to file disclosure report timely; failure to provide contributor information and demonstrate "best efforts"
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $3,200 civil penalty* [re: excessive contribution; corporate contributions; failure to file 48-hour reports; failure to report debts and obligations; failure to accurately report disbursements] No reason to believe* [re: failure to file disclosure report timely; failure to provide contributor information and demonstrate "best efforts"]

(b) No reason to believe* [re: any provision of FECA]

 

*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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