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For Immediate Release
March 10, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 10 more Administrative Fines cases with $11,331 in civil money penalties, bringing to 928 the number of cases made public with $1,222,494 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.

 

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES
1. AF 887  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Frank W. Ballance Jr., Joyce L. Bullock, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

The Commission waived the $3,100 civil money penalty because the respondents have demonstrated the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control and that were for a duration of at least 48 hours.

     
2. AF 888  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Mel Watt for Congress Committee, Bobby T. Martin, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty

The Commission waived the $1,850 civil money penalty because the respondents have demonstrated the existence of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond their control and that were for a duration of at least 48 hours.

     
3. AF 800  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Snyder for Congress Campaign Committee, Mallory Taylor, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,000 civil money penalty
     
4. AF 801  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Van Auken for Congress Committee, Les Kraitzick, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,000 civil money penalty

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES
5. AF 844  
     
  RESPONDENTS: American Nursery and Landscape Association ? Political Action Committee, John Meredith, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
6. AF 906  
     
  RESPONDENTS: American Nursery and Landscape Association ? Political Action Committee, John Meredith, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $906 civil money penalty
     
7. AF 861  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre Political Action Committee, R. Patrick Vance, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 953  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Old National Bank In Evansville OLBANK PAC, Dan Sauls, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 932  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Patriot PAC, Audrey Mullen, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,350 civil money penalty
     
10. AF 921  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Sheet Metal Workers International, Association Local 28 Political Action Committee, Fred Amato, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $2,175 civil money penalty
     

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