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For Immediate Release
July 18, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton


WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing four more Administrative Fines cases with $4,400 in civil money penalties, bringing to 426 the number of cases made public with $545,745 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 0401
RESPONDENTS: Dickey for Congress Campaign Committee, Jim Searcy, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty
2. AF 0452
RESPONDENTS: D. C. Democratic State Committee, Ronnie L. Edwards, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
PENALTY: $800 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $1,600 due to level activity on report.)

3. AF 0468
RESPONDENTS: Bexar County Democratic Party, Ernest Martinez, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
4. AF 0506
RESPONDENTS: American Success Political Action Committee, Anthony J. Roda, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
PENALTY: Take no further action

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