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FEC v. Weinberg



On September 14, 1989, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final order and default judgment in FEC v. Mark R. Weinberg (Civil Action No. 89-0416 RCL). The court found that Mr. Weinberg had violated the terms of a conciliation agreement he had entered into with the Commission in 1988 (Matter Under Review (MUR) 2073) and directed him to pay additional penalties.

Under the terms of the 1988 agreement, Mr. Weinberg had agreed to pay a $17,000 civil penalty for violations of sections 441a(a)(1)(A) and (3) of the election law. When the defendant failed to pay the first installment on the penalty, the Commission filed suit pursuant to 2 U.S.C. §437g(a)(5)(D).


On August 15, 1990, the court granted the FEC's petition to hold Mr. Weinberg in contempt of court after Mr. Weinberg had failed to pay the civil penalties included in the conciliation agreement and consent order.

Under the terms of the 1990 order, Mr. Weinberg had to pay:

  • An additional fine of $10,000 and $500 per day until he complies with the court's prior order of September 1989;
  • Post-judgment interest to the Commission (at a rate of 8.27 percent) until he complies with the September 1989 order; and
  • Court costs and attorneys' fees incurred by the Commission in prosecuting the contempt proceeding.

Source:   FEC RecordOctober 1990, p. 8; November 1989, p. 5;