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For Immediate Release
March 8, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMPLIANCE CASE MADE PUBLIC
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on three matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

 

1. MUR 5127  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Democratic Party of Illinois, Michael J. Kaspar, treasurer

(b) Timothy Mapes, Executive Director, Democratic Party of Illinois

(c) State of Illinois

  COMPLAINANTS: Bradley Goodrich, Executive Director, Republican Party of Illinois
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; use of state funds; failure to report
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Reason to believe, but take no further action*

The complaint alleged that the State of Illinois made and excessive contribution to the Democratic Party of Illinois (DPI). Specifically, the complaint alleges that Timothy Mapes received a state salary for serving as the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House, while Mr. Mapes was serving full time as the Executive Director of DPI. However, evidence uncovered during the Commission?s investigation has not supported the allegation that the State of Illinois made and excessive contribution to the Party through Mapes? activities.

(c) Took no action*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at fec.gov

by entering 5127 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     
2. MUR 5304  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Cardoza for Congress, Gregory R. Olzack, treasurer

(b) Friends of Dennis Cardoza, Cathy Paskin, treasurer

(c) Dennis Cardoza

(d) Tom Calderon for Assembly, Yolanda Miranda, treasurer

(e) Tony Cardenas 2000, Kinde Durkee, treasurer

(f) Tony Cardenas for City Council, Kinde Durkee, treasurer

(g) Andrei Cherny for State Assembly, Stephen J. Kaufman,

treasurer

(h) Vince Hall for Assembly, May E. Padilla, treasurer

(i) Latino Political Action Committee, Louis Moret, treasurer

(j) Carole Migden Leadership Committee, Roger Sanders, treasurer

(k) Re-Elect Assemblywoman Carole Migden, Roger Sanders, treasurer

(l) Shelley for Secretary of State, Jay Wallace, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Donald F. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee
  SUBJECT: Contributions in the name of another; use of state (non-federal) funds in connection with a federal election
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: use of state (non-federal) funds in connection with a federal election]

Sent admonishment letter.

The complaint alleges the Friends of Dennis Cardoza, the state campaign committee of Dennis Cardoza made contributions to Cardoza?s federal committee, through several conduit state and local California committees. After reviewing the disclosure reports of Dennis Cardoza?s state and federal committees, it was discovered that the state committee made and the federal committee accepted, a direct $1,000 contribution.

No reason to believe*

[re: contributions in the name of another]

(c) No reason to believe*

[re: any violation of the Act or regulations in connection with this MUR]

(d-1) No reason to believe*

[re: contributions in the name of another]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at fec.gov

by entering 5304 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     
3. MUR 5373  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer

(b) Dalton Air Group

(c) Executive Charters

(d) Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers

(e) Koury Aviation

(f) McRae Aviation

(g) Portman Equipment Co.

(h) Swift Transportation, Inc.

  COMPLAINANTS: FEC Initiated (Audit)
  SUBJECT: Corporate contributions
  DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

The Committee used aircraft provided by various charter service corporations for campaign related travel during the 2000 presidential campaign. The Committee paid some of these carriers the lower first class air rate rather than the charter rate. The FEC Audit Division concluded that the Committee paid only $27,718 to the carriers when it should have paid them $123,227, a difference of $95,509. The Committee acknowledged its error and accepted the Audit Division?s recommendation that it repay $95,509 to the U. S. Treasury. The Commission received the check in that amount on March 13, 2003.

(b-h) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letters.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at fec.gov

by entering 5373 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint 3. ?Probable cause? stage
2. ?Reason to believe? stage 4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

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