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For Immediate Release
March 15, 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 one matter previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

 

1. MUR 5364  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Rod Grams for U.S. Senate, Christine Grams, treasurer

(b) David Weiner

(c) Republicans House-District 6B, John Kuriger, treasurer

(d) 41st Senate District Republicans, Thomas Hulting, treasurer

(e) Freeborn County Republicans, James Munyer, treasurer

(f) Olmsted County Republicans, Daniel Thornton, treasurer

(g) Redwood County Republicans, Roald Haugan, treasurer

(h) Waseca County Republicans, John Wilkus, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: FEC Initiated (Audit)
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to register and report
  DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $18,000 civil penalty*

The Commission found that the Committee accepted excessive contributions from 172 individuals that totaled $157,378 and six unregistered political committees that totaled $2,975. The Committee did not reattribute or redesignate the contributions within the 60-day periods; nor did the Committee refund the contributions within the 60-day period. The Respondent will refund $20,979 to contributors who made excessive contributions when they are financially able to do so. The contributions are to be refunded to the contributors who most recently made contributions to the Committee, in reverse chronological order of the date such contributions were received. The Respondent will report to the Commission $20,979 in refunds owed to the contributors as the Committee’s continuing debt on Schedule C, until they are financially able to make refunds to the contributors.

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

[re: excessive contributions]

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

[re: failure to register and report]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at fec.gov by entering 5364 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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