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  • Press Release

Committees Fined for Filing Reports Late

March 9, 2001

For Immediate Release
March 9, 2001


Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton



WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing six more Administrative Fines cases with $ 6,925 in civil money penalties, bringing to 48 the number of cases made public with $ 63,230 in fines collected. In addition, there are numerous cases in various stages of the Administrative Fines process. Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

The Administrative Fine Program, authorized by Congress in 1999 in response to a legislative recommendation made by the FEC (see News Release May 31, 2000), has a twofold purpose: to free critical Commission resources for more important and complex enforcement efforts, and to reduce the number of financial reports filed late or not at all. The Administrative Fines Program encompasses a range of civil money penalties set high enough to discourage committees from considering them an acceptable ‘cost of doing business’, but not so high as to be exorbitant.

Civil money penalties will be determined by the number of days late, the amount of financial activity involved, and any prior penalties for reporting violations. Election sensitive reports (reports and notices filed prior to an election) will receive higher penalties.

1. AF 001 RESPONDENT(S): Rod Martin for Congress Inc., Leah Martin, treasurer (AR)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 775 civil money penalty (not collected)
2. AF 007 RESPONDENT(S): Trotter 2000 for Congress, Edward L. Wimp, treasurer (IL)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 350 civil money penalty (not collected)
3. AF 0016 RESPONDENT(S): John Fee for Congress, John H. Crosta, treasurer (NY)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 1475 civil money penalty (not collected)
4. AF 0020 RESPONDENT(S): People for Royal Hart, Judy R. Enslen, treasurer (PA)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 725 civil money penalty (not collected)
5. AF 0026 RESPONDENT(S): Blake for Congress Committee, James E. Solbakken, treasurer (CA)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 900 civil money penalty (not collected)
6. AF 0029 RESPONDENT(S): Messer for Congress, Teresa Potters, treasurer (IN)
REPORT(S): July Quarterly 2000
PENALTY: $ 2,700 civil money penalty (partial payment)

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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