FEC v. Kalogianis, et al. (8:06CV68-T-23-EAJ)
On January 11, 2006, the Commission asked the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to find that Constantine Kalogianis, Kalogianis for Congress, Inc.; Patricia Jones, as treasurer of Kalogianis for Congress; Kalogianis and Associates, P.A.; and Liberty Title Agency, Inc. violated the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (the Act) ban on corporate contributions and its reporting requirements. In addition, the FEC asked the court to permanently enjoin them from violating these acts and assess a civil penalty against each defendant.
The Act prohibits making or accepting corporate contributions in connection with a federal election. 2 U.S.C. 441b(a). A contribution is any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office. The Act also requires, among other things, that the identity of each person who makes a loan be disclosed along with the identification of any endorser of the loan and the date and amount of the loan. 2 U.S.C. 434(b).
During the 2002 campaign, the Kalogianis Committee accepted six loans totaling over $54,000 from Kalogianis & Associates and Liberty Title Agency, corporations Mr. Kalogianis owns. Additionally, the committee operated from the offices of Kalogianis & Associates without charge for administrative and overhead expenses. The committee reported that it had received personal loans from Constantine Kalogianis, when part of one loan was from Kalogianis & Associates and part of another loan was from Liberty Title Agency. The committee also failed to report the correct dates on which it repaid loans made by Liberty Title Agency.
Source: FEC Record—March 2006