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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

June 4, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger

FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Reports

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) cited three campaign committees today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as revised (the Act), for California’s and South Carolina’s primary elections being held on June 8, 2010.

As of June 4, 2010, the required disclosure reports had not been received from:

  • Al Ramirez for US Senate 2010 (CA)
  • Goodwin Exploratory Committee (CA-19)
  • Burton for Congress (SC-01)

The reports were due on May 27, 2010, and should have included financial activity for the period April 1, 2010, through May 19, 2010. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by May 24, 2010.

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

The FEC notified committees involved in the California and South Carolina primary elections of their potential filing requirements on May 3, 2010. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on May 28, 2010 that their 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 committees 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 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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