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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

April 23, 2009

Mary Brandenberger

  Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland

FEC TAKES FINAL ACTION ON FIVE CASES

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission recently made public its final action on five matters under review (MURs). In the first matter, the Commission found no reason to believe a violation occurred. It closed the file in the four remaining cases.

Under the law, the FEC must attempt to resolve its enforcement cases, or 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 5854

RESPONDENTS:

The Lantern Project and Brian Donlen as treasurer

COMPLAINANTS:

Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the Lantern Project, a Section 527 political committee, and Donlen, in his official capacity as treasurer, failed to register as a political committee with the FEC and failed to file disclosure reports with the FEC. It further alleged that the group raised excessive contributions and spent funds to influence the 2006 Pennsylvania Senatorial race between Rick Santorum and Bob Casey.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found no reason to believe that the Lantern Project violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act), by failing to register as a political committee, failing to report contributions and expenditures, or knowingly accepting excessive contributions and prohibited contributions from labor organizations.

MURs 5694, 5910

RESPONDENTS:

Americans for Job Security and Michael D. Dubke as President

COMPLAINANT:

Public Citizen

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Americans for Job Security, a Section 501c(6) non-profit organization, violated the Act by failing to register as a political committee with the FEC, failing to report contributions and expenditures as a political committee to the FEC and knowingly accepting corporate contributions and contributions in excess of the $5,000 contribution limit.

OUTCOME:

The Commission closed the file and took no further action.

MUR 5977

RESPONDENT:

American Leadership Project

COMPLAINANT:

Mischele Seng; Emerylde Bradley; and J. Edward Lupton

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the American Leadership Project, a Section 527 political committee, violated the Act by failing to register as a political committee with the FEC and failing to limit its solicitations and receipts in accordance with campaign finance limits.

OUTCOME:

The Commission closed the file and took no further action. 

MUR 6005

RESPONDENTS:

American Leadership Project; Roger V. Salazar; Jason Kinney; Michele Dunkerly; Jay Eisenhofer; Paul Goldenberg; Monica Graham; Stephen P. Kennedy; William Titleman; Richard Ziman; Mattis Goldman; Paul Rivera; and Erick Mullen

COMPLAINANT:

Robert F. Bauer on behalf of Obama for America

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the American Leadership Project, its organizers and donors failed to register as a political committee with the FEC, file disclosure reports and abide by contribution limits and prohibitions.

OUTCOME:

The Commission closed the file and took no further action.

MUR 5993

RESPONDENTS:

Ed Fallon; Fallon for Congress and John Schmacker in his official capacity as treasurer; I’M for Iowa

COMPLAINANT:

Dick Dearden, Iowa State Senator

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that I’M for Iowa raised and spent soft money in violation of federal campaign finance laws and made direct expenditures in support of Fallon, a candidate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. It also alleged that Fallon violated the Act because he established, financed, maintained or controlled I'M for Iowa and solicited soft money.

OUTCOME:

The Commission 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 of Representatives, 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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