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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

February 9 , 2009

Mary Brandenberger

 

FEC ANNOUNCES FINAL ACTION ON NINE MATTERS

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently made public its final action on nine previous matters under review (MURs). In one matter, a campaign committee and its treasurer agreed to pay civil penalties of $42,000. The Commission found no reason to believe that a violation occurred in another case and dismissed seven others.

Under the law, the FEC must attempt to resolve its enforcement cases, or Matters Under Review (MURs), through a confidential investigative process that may lead to a negotiated conciliation agreement between the Commission and the individual or group. Additional information regarding MURs can be found on the FEC web site at http://www.fec.gov/em/mur.shtml.

This release contains only summary information. For additional details, please consult publicly available documents for each case in the Enforcement Query System (EQS) on the FEC web site at http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs.

MUR 5960

RESPONDENTS:

Gephardt for President Inc. and Lee Kling as treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated (Audit)

SUBJECT:

Based on the results of an FEC audit, the Commission found that Gephardt for President, Inc. and Lee Kling, in his official capacity as treasurer, accepted $211,556 in contributions in excess of the legal limit and made expenditures of $162,943 in excess of the Act’s expenditure limit for the State of Iowa for the 2004 Presidential election.

OUTCOME:

In a conciliation agreement, respondents agreed to pay a civil penalty of $42,000.

   

MUR 6074

RESPONDENTS:

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. and Edwards and Kelcey, Inc.

COMPLAINANT:

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

SUBJECT:

In MUR 6074, counsel for Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., alerted the Commission that four employees of the company made contributions to various federal political and candidate committees and were reimbursed by the company.

OUTCOME:

The Commission admonished the company and dismissed the complaint. It also admonished the four employees and closed the case.

   

MUR 6027

RESPONDENTS:

Elizabeth Dole and Elizabeth Dole Committee, Inc.

COMPLAINANT:

North Carolina Democratic Party

SUBJECT:

The complainant alleged that the respondents violated the “Stand By Your Ad” requirements of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 by failing to provide a written statement on a campaign television advertisement identifying the candidate or confirming that she approved it.

OUTCOME:

The Commission dismissed the complaint and closed the file.

   

MUR 5999

RESPONDENTS:

Freedom’s Watch, Inc.; National Republican Congressional Committee and Keith A. Davis as treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

SUBJECT:

The complainant alleged that Freedom’s Watch made a prohibited contribution to the National Republican Congressional Committee in the form of a coordinated communication criticizing a Democratic candidate, and that the NRCC accepted the prohibited contribution.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found no reason to believe a violation occurred and closed the file.

   

MUR 6025

RESPONDENTS:

Marsha Blackburn for Congress, Inc. and Tea Hoffman as treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, acting through Melanie Sloan

SUBJECT:

In MUR 6025, the complainant alleged that the respondents violated the Act by either failing to report or incorrectly reporting contributions and expenditures.

OUTCOME:

The Commission dismissed the case.

   

MUR 5992

RESPONDENTS:

TJ Baker Holm

COMPLAINANT:

John M. Faulk

SUBJECT:

John M. Faulk, a candidate for the U.S. Congress, alleged that TJ Baker Holm, another congressional candidate, violated the Act by failing to file necessary statements with the FEC for raising campaign funds.

OUTCOME:

 The Commission dismissed the case and closed the file.

   

MUR 6018

RESPONDENTS:

Friends to Elect George E. Mitchell for Congress and Rosalind Mitchell as treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Elaine Sawyer

SUBJECT:

In MUR 6018, Elaine Sawyer alleged that George E. Mitchell, a candidate for the U.S. Congress, and his committee’s treasurer filed inaccurate disclosure reports.

OUTCOME:

 The Commission dismissed the case and closed the file.

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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