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For Immediate Release
January 11, 2002

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 11 more Administrative Fines cases with $17,700 in civil money penalties, bringing to 311 the number of cases made public with $425,736 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 0099
RESPONDENTS: Porter for Congress Committee, Donald J. Grossman, treasurer (IL)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $850 civil money penalty
2. AF 0141
RESPONDENTS: Willie Logan for United State Senate, Ronald Thompkins, treasurer (FL)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,100 civil money penalty (not collected)
3. AF 0176
RESPONDENTS: Philadelphia 2000, Karen Dougherty Buchholz, treasurer (PA)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: Took no further action.
4. AF 0198
RESPONDENTS: Clarke 2000, Raynel’ L. Trotman, treasurer (NY)
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty (not collected)
5. AF 0250
RESPONDENTS: Clarke 2000, Raynel’ L. Trotman, treasurer (NY)
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (not collected)
6. AF 0285
RESPONDENTS: Women’s Campaign Fund Inc., Lynn S. Martin, treasurer (DC)
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,475 civil money penalty
7. AF 0288
RESPONDENTS: Idaho Republican Party, Lela D. "Kitty" Pumphrey, treasurer (ID)
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $5,550 civil money penalty
8. AF 0304
RESPONDENTS: IUE Committee on Political Education /International Union of Electric, Electrical, Salaried, Machine, and Furniture Workers AFL-CIO, Edward Fire, treasurer (DC)
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 0317
RESPONDENTS: United Association Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry Local 322 Committee for Political Education, James Reed, treasurer (NJ)
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
10. AF 0338
RESPONDENTS: Ann Arbor National Political Action Committee, Joseph J. Cella, treasurer (MI)
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
11. AF 0356
RESPONDENTS: The Loose Group, Frank G. Stevenson, Jr., treasurer (GA)
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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