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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2005
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 three matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

1. MUR 5335R  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

(a)   Geoff Davis for Congress (KY-4), Joe Green, treasurer

(b)   Bill Shehan, Jr.

(c)   Charles DeLaudrantey

(d)  Georgia Shehan

(e)  Suzannah Shehan (aka Susan Shehan)
  COMPLAINANT:

Dennis Repenning

  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions/contribution in the name of another; failure to accurately report contributor information
  DISPOSITION:

(a)      Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

          [re: failure to accurately report contributor information]

(b)      Conciliation Agreement: $2,000 civil penalty*

          [re: excessive contributions/contribution in the name of           another]

(c)      No reason to believe*

(d-e)  Dismiss the matter*

The complaint alleged that the Geoff Davis for Congress Committee accepted excessive contributions from Bill Shehan, Jr. and Charles DeLaudrantey in the form of contributions from their minor children that allegedly should have been attributed to their parents.  The Commission found no reason to believe that Mr. DeLaudrantey violated the law after receiving his response and affidavits from his children attesting that the contributions were made knowing and willfully from their own funds. The Commission found that Mr. Shehan made excessive contributions to the Committee totaling $2,000 in the names of his minor children and he agreed to pay a civil penalty. The Commission dismissed this matter with regard to his daughters Georgia and Susan Shehan. The Commission found that the Committee failed to properly report correct contributor information for Georgia Shehan and the committee agreed to pay a civil penalty. 
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from these matters are available from the Commission's web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5335R under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     
2. MUR 5395  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

(a)   Dow Jones & Co.

(b)   Fox News Channel

(c)   MSNBC News

(d)  ABC TV, Inc.

(e)   CNN (Cable News Network)

(f)    C-SPAN

(g)   WMUR-TV

(h)   WHO-TV

(i)    Congressional Black Caucus Political Education           Leadership Institute
  COMPLAINANT:

Leonora B. Fulani and Committee for a Unified Independent Party and Jacqueline Salit, Vice President, Committee for a Unified Independent Party

  SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debates, corporate contribution
  DISPOSITION:

(a-i)   No reason to believe*

            The complaints alleged the corporations who sponsored and staged a series of eight debates involving the Democratic party candidates for the 2004 presidentional nomination did not use pre-established objective criteria and that these organizations were working closely with the Democratic National Committee. The Commission found no reason to believe that any of these organizations violated the Act.
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from these matters are available from the Commission's web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5395 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     
3. MUR 5420  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

Conz-Diaz Champion Racing (trade name of Coaches Enterprise, Inc.)

  COMPLAINANT:

Marc F. Ortiz

  SUBJECT: Corporate contribution
  DISPOSITION:

Reason to believe, but take no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

            The complaint alleged the Conz-Diaz Champion Racing (“CDC Racing”) fielded a stock car bearing advertising for the Bush-Cheney candidacy in the NASCAR Busch Grand National racing series. The complaint also states the CDC is a business and it offered the Bush-Cheney campaign free or discounted advertising which would make is a prohibited in-kind contribution. The response from CDC Racing believed it had not violated any federal election laws  because it “did not give anything away.” The Commission found reason to believe that CDC violated the law by placing the “Bush-Cheney ’04 logo on the car but used its prosecutorial discretion to take no further action because CDC is essentially defunt and the impact of the expenditure was limited.
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from these matters are available from the Commission's web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5420 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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