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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing five more Administrative Fines cases with $21,025 in civil money penalties, bringing to 948 the number of cases made public with $1,240,044 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 1064  
     
  RESPONDENT: Ross For Congress, Veronica McLeod, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $9,625 civil money penalty* (not collected)
     
2. AF 1079  
     
  RESPONDENT: Ross For Congress, Veronica McLeod, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $11,000 civil money penalty* (not collected)

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

3. AF 938  
     
  RESPONDENT: Bankers United in Legislative Decisions AKA BUILD (FKA Iowa Bankers Association), John Sorensen, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: Take no further action*
     
4. AF 908  
     
  RESPONDENT: Campaign for U. N. Reform Political Action Committee (Now named: Citizens for Global Solutions Political Action Committee - Global Solutions PAC), Howard L. Taylor, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: Take no further action*
     
5. AF 915  
     
  RESPONDENT: Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball Political Action Committee, William Schweitzer, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $400 civil money penalty*

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

 

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