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FEC v. Thornton Township Regular Democratic Organization



On September 19, 1988, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a final consent order and judgment in a suit the FEC has filed in July 1988 against the Thornton Township Regular Democratic Organization (TTRDO) and its treasurer.

In its suit, the FEC claimed that defendants violated the election law when they sponsored a direct mail solicitation to approximately 18,000 registered Democratic voters at a costs of approximately $4,371. In the consent order, the district court decreed that TTRDO violated the election law by:

  • Failing to register and report with the FEC as a political committee when its costs for the direct mail solicitation exceeded $1,000 (2 U.S.C. §433(a) and 434); and
  • Failing to include on the solicitation a disclaimer notice stating that TTRDO had sponsored the solicitation and that the solicitation was not authorized by any candidate's campaign committee. (2 U.S.C. §441d(a)(3)).

The district court further ordered defendants to pay a $2,000 civil penalty within 30 days of the court's order.

Source:   FEC Record December 1989