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FEC v. Mastorelli Campaign Fund


On March 28, 1983, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey entered a default judgment against the defendants in FEC v. Nick Mastorelli Campaign Fund (Civil Action No. 82-0774F). The court decreed that the Mastorelli Campaign and its treasurer had violated provisions of the election law by:

  • Failing to file reports required for the 1978 election year on time and by failing to file the semiannual reports required for 1980 and thereafter (2 U.S.C. §434a);
  • Accepting contributions in 1978 from four corporations (2 U.S.C. §441b(a));
  • Accepting excessive contributions, in the form of a loan, from three individuals (2 U.S.C. §441a(f)); and
  • Accepting $21,050 in excessive cash contributions in 1978 (2 U.S.C. § 441a(f)).

The district court also found that certain contributors to the Mastorelli Campaign had violated the election law by:

  • Making cash contributions in excess of $100 to the campaign (2 U.S.C. §441g); and
  • Making contributions in the name of another (2 U.S.C. §441f).

The court permanently enjoined the defendants from any further violations of the election law. The court also assessed a $5,000 civil penalty against the Mastorelli Campaign and its treasurer as well as against each of the individual defendants named in the suit.

Source:   FEC RecordMay 1983