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Weekly Digest

 

For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

December 3, 2010

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland
  Mary Brandenberger
   
 

ISSUE 2010-48

Weekly Digest

Week of November 29 – December 3

COMMISSION MEETINGS

On December 1, the Commission held an Executive Session. Sunshine Act Notices for Executive Sessions are here.

On December 2, the Commission held an Open Meeting. Agendas and related documents for Open Meetings are here. Audio recordings for selected meetings, hearings and presentations are here.

ENFORCEMENT

The Commission made public four closed cases.

MUR 6302 – Joe Cantrell; Joseph Henry Cantrell, Jr.; and Joe for Congress and J.H. Cantrell, Jr, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the case.

MUR 6321 – Mark Reed for Congress and Norman Paul Devereaux, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Mark Steven Reed. The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the case.

MUR 6327 – John Russell “Russ” Carnahan; Carnahan in Congress and Lawrence Giesing, in his official capacity as treasurer; and Castle Ballroom Development, LLC. The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the case.

MUR 6329 – Michael Grimm; and Michael Grimm for Congress and Wayne T. Muratore, in his official capacity as treasurer. The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the case.

For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The Commission made public two campaign finance enforcement matters that were resolved through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.

ADR 550 – Gibbs for Congress and Jody Gibbs, in her official capacity as treasurer. The Commission dismissed the case.

ADR 541 – The Committee to Elect Alan Grayson and Paul Ashcraft, in his official capacity as treasurer. The respondents agreed to implement compliance measures and pay a civil penalty of $3,000.

For more information, see the case documents in the Enforcement Query System.

AUDIT REPORTS

The Commission approved issuance of and made public one Audit Report. A summary of the findings is below.

Biden for President, Inc. On December 2, the Commission approved the Final Audit Report on Biden for President, Inc., covering campaign finance activity between December 15, 2006 and April 30, 2008. The Commission found that the candidate did not receive matching fund payments in excess of his entitlements. In addition, the Commission found that Biden for President, Inc. (“BFP”) failed to resolve a material number of excessive contributions totaling $106,216.  For a separate category of apparent excessive contributions totaling $1.09 million however, the Commission concluded that there was information to show that BFP had sent redesignation letters but did not satisfy recordkeeping requirements connected with the redesignation. Other findings concerned the receipt of one corporate in-kind contribution, stale dated checks and the disclosure of disbursements, debts, and obligations.

General information about final Audit Reports is here. Audits are broken down into three categories: Authorized Committees, Unauthorized Committees, and Title 26 Audit Reports.

PRESS RELEASES

FEC Approves Final Audit Report (issued December 2)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

December 2:  Post-General Reports were due. For more information on reporting dates, click here.

December 2: Indiana 3rd District Special Post-General Election Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this special election, click here.

December 2: Illinois Special Senate Post-General Election Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this special election, click here.

December 2: New York 29th District Special Post-General Election Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this special election, click here.

December 2: West Virginia Special Senate Post-General Election Reports were due. For information on reporting dates for this special election, click here.

UPCOMING REPORTING DUE DATES

January 31:  Year-end Reports are due. For more information on reporting dates, click here.

UPCOMING EVENTS 

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FEC Reporting Requirements. Registration information and schedule are here.

January 12, 2011, Washington, DC. FEC Roundtable Workshops on FECFile & E-Filing. Registration information and schedule are here.

OTHER RESOURCES

The December issue of The Record is here. Sign up here to receive email notification when a new issue of the Record is posted.

The monthly supplements to the FEC’s Campaign Guides are here.