FEC v. Anderson for Senator
On May 7, 1984, the FEC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking action against three defendants: the Tom Anderson for Senator Committee, the principal campaign committee of Mr. Anderson's 1980 Senate campaign; the Pennsylvania Service Station Dealers Association (the Association), an incorporated trade association; and Mary Anderson, the candidate's wife (Civil Action No. 84-2180).
Specifically, the FEC asked the court to declare that:
- By paying Association employees approximately $4,300 in wages for services they provided to the Anderson campaign, the Association made a prohibited in-kind contribution to the campaign, in violation of 2 U.S.C. §441b(a).
- By cosigning a $50,000 campaign loan with Tom Anderson, Mrs. Anderson made a $25,000 contribution to his Senate campaign, thus exceeding the $1,000 contribution limit, in violation of 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(1)(A).
- By knowingly accepting these unlawful contributions from the Association and Mrs. Anderson, the Anderson campaign violated 2 U.S.C. §441a(f).
Consent order: Mrs. Anderson
On December 11, 1984, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a consent order resolving claims the Commission had brought against Mary Anderson.
Within 30 days of signing the consent order, Mrs. Anderson agreed to pay a $350 civil penalty to the U.S. Treasury for having exceeded the election law's contributions limits. 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(1)(A). By cosigning a $50,000 campaign loan with her husband, the candidate, Mrs. Anderson had made a $25,000 contributions to his Senate campaign. The law limits contributions from all individuals, including spouses, to $1,000 per candidate, per election.
Consent orders: Association and campaign
During February 1985, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued separate consent orders resolving claims the Commission had brought against the Association and the Anderson campaign. Within 30 days of signing their respective consent orders, defendants agreed to comply with the following terms:
- The Pennsylvania-Delaware Service Stations Dealers, Inc. agreed to pay a $1,369 civil penalty to the U.S. Treasury for making a prohibited in-kind contribution to the Anderson campaign. The Association had paid employees approximately $4,300 in wages for services they provided to the Anderson campaign.
- The Tom Anderson for Senator Committee agreed to pay a $631 civil penalty for accepting: (1) the prohibited in-kind contribution from the Association and (2) an excessive contribution (in the form of a loan endorsement) from Mrs. Anderson.