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  • Press Release

Compliance Case Made Public

October 28, 2005

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2005
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on a matter previously under review (MUR). This release contains only disposition information.


MUR 5622


Cynthia McKinney for Congress (GA/04), Joan Christian, treasurer


FEC Initiated (RAD)


Excessive contributions; failure to report outstanding debt


Conciliation Agreement: $33,000 civil penalty*

This compliance matter was generated by the FEC’s Reports Analysis Division referral to the General Counsel’s Office for the Committee’s acceptance of excessive contributions during the 2002 election cycle and its failure to report unrefunded excessive contributions as debt.


Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at by entering 5622 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FEC’s Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.


*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint 3. "Probable cause" stage
2. "Reason to believe" stage 4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

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