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For Immediate Release

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Bob Biersack

October 31, 2008

Mary Brandenberger

   

 

FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File Pre-General Financial Reports

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) cited sixteen campaign committees today for failing to file the Pre-General Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act).

As of noon October 31, 2008, the required disclosure report had not been received from;

Larry Ishmael for Congress (WA-1)

Jim Lopez for Congress Committee (CA-20)

Committee to Elect Faye Armitage for Congress (FL-7)

Heather Ryan for Congress (KY-1)

Elect Andrea Miller for Congress (VA-4)

Lynch for Congress (FL-19)

Doug Tudor for Congress (FL-12)

Friends of Bob Conley (SC-Senate)

Webster for Congress (NC-13)

Reed for US Senate 2008 Inc. (IA-Senate)

Principal Campaign Committee James E. Bryan (FL-1)

Joel Haugen for Congress (OR-1)

Jessica Martinez-Comisionada Residente (PR)

Committee to Elect Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan for Delegate (MP)

Tracey Smith Campaign Committee (TX-12)

John Murphy for Congress (PA-16)

The reports were due on October 23, 2008, and should have included financial activity for the period October 1, 2008, through October 15, 2008. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by October 20, 2008.

Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots.If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the Act.

The FEC notified committees involved in this primary of their potential filing requirements on September 29, 2008.Those committees who did not file on the due date were notified on October 24, 2008, that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

Other political committees that support Senate and House candidates in elections, but are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign, are also required to file quarterly reports, unless they report monthly.Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, and the FEC has implemented an administrative fine program with provisions for assessing monetary penalties.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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