FEC v. Kalogianis (96-427-JD)
On March 25, 1997, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ordered Anastasios Kalogianis to pay a $37,500 civil penalty to the FEC for making $249,000 in excessive contributions to the Tsongas for President Committee during the 1992 election cycle. Both parties to this suit agreed to the judgment and consent order.
Mr. Kalogianis made six loans to the Tsongas Committee. Although one of the checks was made payable to Nicholas Rizzo, the committee's chief fundraiser, the money was given with the intention that it be used in the Tsongas campaign.
The Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) states that no person may make contributions to any federal candidate or his or her authorized candidate committee which, in the aggregate, exceed $1,000. 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(1)(A). A contribution includes anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing a federal election, including loans. 2 U.S.C. §431(8)(A)(i). Further, Commission regulations state that a loan that exceeds the contribution limits of the Act is unlawful whether or not it is repaid. 11 CFR 100.7(a)(1)(i)(A). In addition to the civil penalty, Mr. Kalogianis was permanently enjoined from making similar violations of the Act.
Source: FEC Record — May 1997