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For Immediate Release
May 31, 2002

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 14 more Administrative Fines cases with $28,033 in civil money penalties, bringing to 413 the number of cases made public with $525,817 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 0255
RESPONDENTS: Bryndan Wright for Congress Committee, Andrew Wambsganss, treasurer
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

(The Commission waived the $2,700 civil money penalty because the respondents demonstrated the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control.)

 
2. AF 0280
RESPONDENTS: Service Employees International Union Political Campaign Committee, Patricia Ford, treasurer
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $5,200 civil money penalty
3. AF 0423
RESPONDENTS: Linda Mercurio for Congress, Inc., Linda Mercurio, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)

(Penalty reduced from $1,800 due to level of activity on report)

4. AF 0426
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Bob Moppert, Ron Lesch, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $783 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $3,500 due to level of activity on report)

5. AF 0442
RESPONDENTS: California Right to Life Political Action Committee, Chris Miller, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $275 civil money penalty
6. AF 0450
RESPONDENTS: Williams Companies Inc. Political Action Committee (WILLCOPAC), Jack D. McCarthy, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $300 civil money penalty
7. AF 0485
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Joe Scarborough, Charles J. Scarborough, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $5,000 civil money penalty (not collected)
8. AF 0496
RESPONDENTS: Willie Logan for United States Senate, Ronald Thompkins, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (not collected)
9. AF 0500
RESPONDENTS: Dooley for Congress, Everet L. Ballard, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced due to lack of activity on report)

10. AF 0505
RESPONDENTS: Elect Walthall, Jo Ann Walthall, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty
11. AF 0514
RESPONDENTS: Texas Association of Realtors Federal PAC (TAR FEDPAC), Bob Wertheimer, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $3,200 civil money penalty
12. AF 0515
RESPONDENTS: Liberal Party of New York State, Anne L. Peskin, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty
13. AF 0519
RESPONDENTS: Travis County Democratic Party, Mina Brees, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $2,350 civil money penalty
14. AF 0520
RESPONDENTS: National Italian America Political Action Committee, Vincent M. Lasorsa, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)

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