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For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing eight more Administrative Fines cases with $9,230 in civil money penalties, bringing to 1269 the number of cases made public with $1,701,228 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 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 1154

RESPONDENTS:

Hostetler for Congress (PA-17), John H. Grab, treasurer

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

Take no further action

2.

AF 1428

RESPONDENTS:

John Kennedy for U.S. Senate Inc. (LA), William C. Potter, treasurer

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$4,500 civil money penalty

3.

AF 1432

RESPONDENTS:

Minamyer for Congress (OH-2), Ralph L. Minamyer, treasurer

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$0 civil money penalty

(Reduced from $4,500 due to level of activity on report.)

4.

AF 1433

RESPONDENTS:

Socas for Congress (VA-10), Andrew T. O’Dell, treasurer

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$0 civil money penalty

(Reduced from $19,000 due to level of activity on report)

PARTY COMMITTEES

5.

AF 1435

RESPONDENTS:

South Dakota Republican Party, Thomas G. Leckey, treasurer

REPORT:

November Monthly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$1,000 civil money penalty

6.

AF 1436

RESPONDENTS:

Travis County Democratic Party, M.C. Tyler, treasurer

REPORT:

November Monthly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$130 civil money penalty

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

7.

AF 1193

RESPONDENTS:

Irish American Democrats, Catherine S. O’Leary, treasurer

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2004

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

Take no further action

8.

AF 1434

RESPONDENTS:

Machinists Non Partisan Political League, Warren Mart, treasurer

REPORT:

November Monthly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$3,600 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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