FEC v. Mid-America Conservative PAC
On October 30, 1992, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa ordered the Mid-America Conservative PAC and its treasurer to pay a $10,000 civil penalty for failing to file several reports on time. (Civil Action No. C90-2093.) The court also permanently enjoined defendants from late filing of future reports.
The decision was based on a settlement agreement between both parties. Under the settlement procedures, defendants agreed to submit an offer of settlement to the Commission but also agreed to accept the FEC's final determination. The Commissioners unanimously voted to reject the defendants' proposal and to accept an alternative agreement submitted by the FEC's General Counsel. Defendants then objected to the agreement because the Commissioners had not considered the matter in a public session.
In granting the FEC's motion to enforce the settlement agreement, the court pointed out that the Commission had followed its usual procedures in considering and voting on the agreement. The court also noted that defendants could have specified that the agency follow special procedures but did not do so.
Source: FEC Record — December 1992