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For Immediate Release
June 24, 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 two matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

1.

MUR 5486

RESPONDENTS:

Libertarian Party of Oregon, Teresa de Bellis, treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Mark Vetanen

SUBJECT:

Failure to register and report

DISPOSITION:

No reason to believe*

       The complainant alleged that the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) has never registered with the FEC despite having engaged in “Federal election activity” (FEA) during the 2004 election cycle. The complaint alleged that the LPO conducted a number of specific activities that would fall within the definition of “FEA.” However, the test for whether a state party organization must register and report is not whether the organization has engaged “FEA” but whether the organization has made in excess of $1,000 in expenditures or received more than $1,000 in contributions in a calendar year. Based on the available information to the Commission, it did not appear that the alleged LPO activities surpassed the $1,000 federal expenditure threshold required for registration and reporting. The Commission found no reason to believe that LPO violated the law.

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 5486 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FEC’s Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

2.

MUR 5605

RESPONDENT:

InfoCision Management Corp.

COMPLAINANT:

Timothy E. Rusk, Esq.

SUBJECT:

Fraudulent misrepresentation; disclaimer

DISPOSITION:

No reason to believe*

The complaint alleged InfoCision Management Corporation, a telemarketing firm, which made fundraising calls on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fraudulently misrepresented themselves by misidentifying themselves as congressional aides. InfoCision responded that the telemarketing calls were made with the consent of Republican Representatives from Congress, including Congressman Davis, who was Chairman of the NRCC. The Commission found no reason to believe that InfoCision violated the law. 

    

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 5605 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FEC’s 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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