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|For Immediate Release
August 4, 2006
|FEC COMPLETES ACTION ON FOUR ENFORCEMENT CASES|
WASHINGTON --The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on four matters previously under review (MURs). In MUR 5669, Frist 2000, Inc. paid an $11,000 civil penalty for failing to properly report a loan and its repayment.
In MUR 5581, the Commission found reason to believe but after subsequent investigation took no further action regarding possible corporate and excessive in-kind contributions resulting from efforts to place Ralph Nader on the ballot for President in Arizona in 2004. The respondents denied that they made or accepted any contributions. The FEC found that any possible violations did not exceed $2,500 and were too small to warrant further investigation.
Finally in MURs 5550 and 5566 involving possible corporate expenditures, the Commission found no reason to believe regarding Michael Moore and dismissed the case against several Universities. The Commission found that proceeds from Mr. Moore’s speeches did not go to any political committee, the speeches were not coordinated with any campaign or committee, and that the Universities’ speakers programs were part of their general educational mission. This release contains only disposition information.
There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:
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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