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For Immediate Release
July 20, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on a matter previously under review (MUR). This release contains only disposition information.

1. MUR 5276  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Jack Machek, Raymond Machek, treasurer
  COMPLAINANTS: Valerie M. Martin
  SUBJECT: Failure to accurately report loan; failure to file disclosure reports electronically; failure to file amended Statement of Organization; candidate loans from other than personal funds
  DISPOSITION:

Reason to believe, but took no further action*[re: failure to file amended Statement of Organization; failure to accurately report loan]

No reason to believe*[re: failure to file disclosure reports electronically; candidate loans from other than personal funds]

The complaint contends that the candidate committee failed to accurately report loans made by the candidate to the committee. If they had properly reported those loans then the committee would have exceeded the $50,000 threshold thereby triggering the electronic filing requirement. The complaint also alleges that the Candidate may have used funds other than personal funds to make loans to the Committee. The Commission found that the Committee had failed to file an amended Statement of Organization when it changed treasurers. The Commission also found the Committee failed to list the specific loan incurrence dates in Schedule C of its Quarterly Report. The Commission found there was no reason to believe that the committee was required to file reports electronically, as it appeared that they did not meet the threshold for electronic filing. The Commission found there was no reason to believe the candidate used funds other than his own to make loans to the committee.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5276 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.
     
2. MUR 5355  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Value in Electing Women Political Action Committee (VIEW PAC), Barbara W. Bonfiglio, treasurer
(b) Promoting Republicans You Can Elect Project (Pryce Project), Barbara W. Bonfiglio, treasurer
(c) Shelly Moore Capito for Congress, Reed Spangler, treasurer
(d) Jennifer Carroll for Congress, Charles J. Curry, treasurer
(e) Johnson for Congress 2000, Gloria Goode, treasurer
(f) Runbeck for Congress, Richard Runbeck, treasurer
(g) Johnson for Congress, John Eveleth, treasurer
(h) Friends of Connie Morrella for Congress, Carolyn H. Milkey, treasurer
(i) Northup for Congress, James L. Meagher, treasurer
(j) Heather Wilson for Congress, David A. Archuleta, treasurer
(k) Abigail S. Wexner
  COMPLAINANTS: Lawrence M. Noble, Executive Director and General Counsel, Center for Responsive Politics
Paul Sanford, Director, FEC Watch, Center for Responsive Politics
  SUBJECT: Failure to identify and disclose affiliation status; excessive contributions
  DISPOSITION:

(a-b)   No reason to believe* [re: failure to identify and disclose affiliation status; excessive contributions]

(c-k) No reason to believe* [re: any provision of the Act]

The complaint alleges that VIEW PAC and Pryce Project, by virtue of their relationship to Representative Pryce, are affiliated, failed to report their affiliation, and made and received contributions that exceeded a shared limit. The complaint similarly alleges that eight federal candidate committees received excessive aggregate contributions from the two political action committees. The Commission found there was no reason to believe that any of the respondents violated the Act.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5355 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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