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FEC v. Michigan Republican State Committee


On March 22, 1995, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, dismissed this case pursuant to a stipulation by the parties.

The FEC originally charged that the Michigan Republican State Committee (MRSC) had knowingly accepted $5,550 in excessive contributions, had deposited $35,655 in impermissible contributions into its federal account, and had exceeded its coordinated party expenditure limit for a Senate candidate by $8,298.

The court issued a consent order on July 18, 1994 , that resolved the excessive and impermissible contribution issues; the MRSC agreed to pay a $12,500 civil penalty and to transfer $35,655 from its federal account to its nonfederal accounts. The violation of the coordinated party expenditure limit, however, remained pending.

Subsequent to the consent order, the MRSC paid the civil penalty and transferred the nonfederal monies as agreed.

With regard to the remaining allegation, MRSC provided the FEC with documentation showing that the Senate candidate reimbursed the committee for the expenditures in question and therefore the committee did not exceed its coordinated party expenditure limit.

Source:   FEC RecordMay 1995; September 1994. FEC v. Michigan Republican State Committee, No. 5:94-CV-27 (W.D. Mich. July 18, 1994); (W.D. Mich. Mar. 22, 1995).