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For Immediate Release
February 26, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
CAMPAIGN CITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PRE-PRIMARY REPORT
WASHINGTON -- California and Maryland will be holding primary elections on March 2, 2004, to select candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in the primary to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.

As of 12 p.m., February 26, 2004, disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:

CA/49...BYRON FOR CONGRESSáRAMONA BYRON, TREASáMICHAEL BYRON...dem

md/07..MCPEEK FOR CONGRESSáDAUN M. MERRILL, TREASáCHARLES C. MCPEEK, SRáDEM

The reports were to include financial activity occurring from January 1 through February 11. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by February 16. Otherwise, the due date was close-of-business February 19. Mandatory electronic filing requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001. Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001.

Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.

The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing requirements on January 26. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on February 20 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

Other political committees supporting House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-primary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers falls under the Administrative Fine Program. Political committees and treasurers who fail to file their reports on time may be subject to civil money penalties ranging from $30 to $16,000 (or more for repeat late- and non-filers).

The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees will be the quarterly report, due April 15. It will cover activity from February 12 through March 31.

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