FEC v. Parisi
On October 31, 1996, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York assessed a $30,000 civil penalty against Angelo Parisi for exceeding the contribution limits of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
The lawsuit against Mr. Parisi grew out of an administrative complaint filed with the FEC in 1994 by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Among the violations, the FEC uncovered the following transactions:
- Contributions in excess of the individual $25,000 annual limit. 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(3). Mr. Parisi made $33,942 in contributions in 1991, $66,262 in contributions in 1992 and $40,405 in contributions in 1993.
- Contributions in excess of the $20,000 per individual limit on contributions to a national political party committee. 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B). Mr. Parisi gave $27,262 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and $22,750 to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 1992. He also gave $24,655 to the NRSC in 1993.
- Contributions in excess of the $5,000 annual limit on contributions to a PAC. 2 U.S.C. §441a(a)(1)(C). In 1991, Mr. Parisi gave $6,200 to American Citizens for Political Action.
Because of unusual mitigating circumstances, all but $5,000 of the penalty was suspended. However, Mr. Parisi will be required to pay the remaining $25,000 if he violates the contribution limits again.
Source: FEC Record — January 1997