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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing nine more Administrative Fines cases with $67,750 in civil money penalties, bringing to 957 the number of cases made public with $1,302,394 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 636  
     
  RESPONDENT: Cox for U.S. Senate Committee, Inc., John H. Cox, treasurer
  REPORT: 48 Hour Notices 2002 Primary
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $ 22,150 civil money penalty
     
2. AF 673  
     
  RESPONDENT: Friends of Bob Gross Committee, Clark A. Wilkinson, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $ 2,700 civil money penalty (not paid)
     
3. AF 793  
     
  RESPONDENT: Friends of Bob Gross Committee, Clark A. Wilkinson, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $ 2,700 civil money penalty (not paid)
     
4. AF 660  
     
  RESPONDENT: Jim Baker for Congress, Anna R. Kennedy, treasurer
  REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $ 2,700 civil money penalty
     
5. AF 614  
     
  RESPONDENT: New Mexicans for Bill Richardson, Lars Anderson, treasurer
  REPORT: April Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $ 4,100 civil money penalty
     
6. AF 884  
     
  RESPONDENT: Strickland for Colorado, Inc., Alan Schwartz, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $ 6,400 civil money penalty

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

7. AF 827  
     
  RESPONDENT: National Committee for an Effective Congress, James E. Byron, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $ 9,000 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 955  
     
  RESPONDENT: Pro-Life Campaign Committee, Pablo Gersten, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $12,000 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 1020  
     
  RESPONDENT: Pro-Life Campaign Committee, Pablo Gersten, treasurer
  REPORT: Year End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $6,000 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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