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FEC v. Californians for a Strong America (88-1554)


On November 14, 1988, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted the FEC's motion for a default judgment against the Californians for a Strong America (CSA), a nonconnected political committee, and CSA's treasurer Albert J. Cook. (Civil Action No. 88-1554-AWT.)

In the judgment, the court declared that the defendants had violated 2 U.S.C. §434 (a)(4)(A)(i) and (iv) by failing to file reports covering 1986 activity, that is, two quarterly reports and a year-end report. Accordingly, the court:

  • Ordered defendants to pay a $15,000 civil penalty, together with $28.20, to cover the FEC's court costs in the case[1]; and
  • Enjoined defendants from similar violations of the election law in the future.


[1] See "Contempt Ruling," section of FEC v. Californians for a Strong America (88-6449).

Source: FEC Record— January 1989