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FEC v. John J. Murray for Congress Committee


On September 10, 1996, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a consent order that the defendant committee, an authorized committee of a 1994 Congressional candidate in Pennsylvania, violated 2 U.S.C. §434(a)(6)(A) by failing to file a 48-hour notice disclosing the receipt of a $100,000 loan from the candidate. Under the 48-hour notice provision, a candidate committee must file a notice providing information on any contribution of $1,000 or more it receives after the 20th day but more than 48 hours before an election. The committee must file the notice within 48 hours of receiving the contribution.

The court awarded the FEC a $15,000 penalty but, because of the committee's financial circumstances (its lack of assets and $350,000 debt), the court suspended payment of all but $3,000.

Source:   FEC RecordNovember 1996