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For Immediate Release
January 12, 2004
Contact: George Smaragdis
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 12 more Administrative Fines cases with $8,761 in civil money penalties, bringing to 874 the number of cases made public with $1,164,638 in fines collected by the FEC. 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.

 

PARTY COMMITTEES
1. AF 733  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Riverside County Republican Central Committee, Darrell Connerton, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: Take no further action

 

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
2. AF 1063  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Barham for Congress, Inc., Christy Johnson, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2003
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $0 (Reduced from $5,500 due to level of activity on report.)
     
3. AF 1065  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Ed Tinsley for Congress, Don Kidd, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $0 (Reduced from $5,500 due to level of activity on report.)
     
4. AF 773  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends for Farley, Chantal Berkowitz, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
     
5. AF 752  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Jeff Fink for Congress, Farley Smith Kilby, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $186 civil money penalty
     
6. AF 780  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Joe Slovinec for Congress Campaign Committee, Joseph G. Slovinec, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $0 (Reduced from $1,800 due to level of activity on report.)
     
7. AF 1059  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Tim Johnson for South Dakota, Inc., Berniece F. Mayer, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $1,350 civil money penalty

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITEES
8. AF 740  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Dorsey National Fund, Scott Cotie, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,500 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 853  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Dorsey National Fund, Scott Cotie, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,250 civil money penalty
     
10. AF 862  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Kennecott Holdings Corporation PAC (aka Kennecott PAC), Adrian F. Jackman, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
11. AF 731  
     
  RESPONDENTS: United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices/Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry Local Union 335, Richard G. Frantz, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $1,100 civil money penalty
 

   
12. AF 923  
     
  RESPONDENTS: United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices/Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry Local Union 335, Richard G. Frantz, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $475 civil money penalty
     

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