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For Immediate Release
June 30, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
WASHINGTON ? The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has entered into conciliation agreements with Charles Kushner, a New Jersey-based real estate developer, and 40 partnership entities he controls. The agreements settle an investigation stemming from over $500,000 in contributions that the partnerships made without obtaining the agreement of the individual partners to whom the contributions were attributed. The contributions were made between December 5, 1997 and August 17, 2000 for the 1999-2000 election cycle. Recipients of these contributions included 13 candidate committees, one party committee and one PAC.

The conciliation agreement with the Kushner Respondents resulted in a civil penalty of $508,900. The Kushner Respondents also agreed to cease and desist from making partnership contributions without obtaining the actual agreement of the partners to whom the contributions were attributed.

The Commission also accepted a conciliation agreement with Bill Bradley for President in which the committee admitted to violation the Act by accepting $34,000 in contributions from the Kushner Partnerships and paid a civil penalty of $16,445.

The FEC investigation found that the Kushner partnerships violated Commission partnership contribution regulations by failing to obtain the agreement of the partners to whom the contributions were attributed. Charles Kushner, as managing partner of each partnership, determined the partners to whom the contributions would be attributed. Charles Kushner also selected the federal political committees that would receive contributions and determined the aggregate amount of these contributions. He signed the contribution checks and directed management personnel of Kushner Companies to forward the checks on Kushner Companies letterhead to the recipient committees.

A partnership is a "person" under the Federal Election Campaign Act and, subject to other limits and prohibitions, may make federal political contributions. In order to prevent partnerships controlled by the same persons from being used to evade contribution limits and prohibitions, regulations treat partnership contributions as counting towards the contribution limits of both the partnership and the specific partners to whom the contributions are attributed.

By failing to notify and obtain the agreement of the partners, the respondents caused certain partners to make contributions that exceeded their annual contribution limit and attributed contributions to some individuals who were not partners in the contributing partnerships at the time the contributions were made.

The matter originated with a referral from the FEC?s Audit Division, which uncovered the Kushner Respondents? practices during an audit of the Bill Bradley for President Committee.

1. MUR 5279  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Kushner, Charles

(b) 135 Montgomery Associates

(c) 836 Avenue Associates

(d) BP Developers, L.P.

(e) Brick Building Associates, L.P.

(f) Bruckner Plaza Associates

(g) Colfax Manor, L.P.

(h) College Park Associates, L.P.

(i) Constantine Village Associates

(j) Dara Building Associates, L.P.

(k) East Brunswick Corporate Center

(l) Edgewater Apartments Associates, L.P.

(m) Elmwood V. Associates, L.P.

(n) General Green Village Associates

(o) Glen Ellen Associates, L.P.

(p) Hackettstown Square Associates

(q) Harbor Island Realty Associates, L.P.

(r) Kent Gardens Associates

(s) Kushner Seiden Madison 64th, L.P.

(t) LMEC Associates, L.P.

(u) Millburn Associates, L.P.

(v) Montgomery Associates

(w) Mt. Arlington Apartments Associates, L.P.

(x) New Puck, L..P.

(y) Oakwood Garden Developers, L.P.

(z) Pheasant Hollow Associates

(aa) Pitney Farms Associates, L.P.

(bb) Q.E.M. Associates, L.P.

(cc) Quail Ridge Associates, L.P.

(dd) Randolph Building Associates, L.P.

(ee) Reike, L.P.

(ff) Riverside Park Industrial Associates, L.P.

(gg) Rolling Gardens Associates

(hh) Seven S.L.P. Associates, L.P.

(ii) Sixty Six West Associates

(jj) Sod Farm Associates, L.P.

(kk) Sparta Building Associates, L.P.

(ll) Township Associates

(mm) Wallkill Apartments Associates, L.P.

(nn) West Brook Associates, L.P.

(oo) Westminster Sales & Marketing, L.P.

(pp) Bill Bradley for President, Inc., Theodore Wells, treasurer

(qq) Abby J. Ages

(rr) Bernard Eichler

(ss) Jeffrey Freireich

(tt) Melvin Gebroe

(uu) Barbara Gellert

(vv) George Gellert

(ww) Bert Ghavami

(xx) Stuart Gladstone

(yy) Alan Hammer

(zz) Morris Hammer

(ab) Seth Kaplowitz

(ac) Kushner Companies

(ad) Dara Kushner

(ae) Jared Kushner

(af) Jonathan Kushner

(ag) Joshua Kushner

(ah) Marc Kushner

(ai) Murray Kushner

(aj) Nicole Kushner

(ak) Rae Kushner

(al) Linda Laulicht

(am) Pamela Laulicht

(an) Shellie Laulicht

(ao) Heywood Saland

(ap) Mel Scheinerman

(aq) Gene Schenkman

(ar) Mark Schenkman

(as) Esther Schulder

(at) Jacob Schulder

(au) Jessica Schulder Orbach

(av) Ruth Schulder

(aw) Melissa Serwitz

(ax) Steven Silverman

(ay) John Sims

(az) Richard Stadmauer

(ba) Alex Tarapchak

(bc) Ralph Tawil Jr.

(bd) Ralph Tawil Sr.

(be) Leonard Witman

(bf) Edith Wulack

(bg) Scott Zecher

  COMPLAINANTS: FEC Initiated (Audit)
  SUBJECT: Contributions in the name of another; corporate contributions; failure to accurately provide contributor information
  DISPOSITION: (a-oo) Conciliation Agreement: $508,900 civil penalty*

(pp) Conciliation Agreement: $16,445 civil penalty*

(qq-bg) Reason to believe, but took no further action*


*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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