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  • Press Release

Compliance Cases Made Public

September 12, 2003

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For Immediate Release
September 12, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

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

Specific released documents placed on the public record within the following closed MURs are cited following DISPOSITION heading. Release of these documents is consistent with the district court opinion in the December 19, 2001, decision of AFL-CIO v. FEC.

1. MUR 5058/Audit Referral 01-05/Audit Referral 01-06
  RESPONDENTS: (a) George W. Bush

(b) Albert Gore, Jr.

(c) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer

(d) Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer

(e) Gore 2000, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer

(f) Gore-Lieberman, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer

(g) DNC Services Corporation/Democratic National Committee, Andrew Tobias, treasurer

(h) Republican National Committee, Alec Poitevint, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: Common Cause and Democracy 21
  AUDITED COMMITTEES: New York State Democratic Party, David Alpert,

treasurer [AR 01-05]

Schumer ?98, Steven D. Goldenkranz, treasurer [AR 01-05]

South Carolina Republican Party, John Camp,

treasurer [AR 01-06]

Inglis for Senate Committee, Inc., Jeffrey J. Parker, treasurer [AR 01-06]

  SUBJECT: Excessive contribution; use of prohibited contributions; failure to accurately report expenditures.
  DISPOSITION: (a-h) Take no action*

(AR 01-05) Take no action*

(AR 01-06) Take no action*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel?s Report (dated July 21, 2003), Case Summary (MUR 5058); Case Summary (AR 01-05); Case Summary (AR 01-06); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 8, 2003)
2. MUR 5369  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Rhode Island Republican Party, Merrill C. Drew, treasurer

(b) Lincoln Chafee for U. S. Senate, William C. Facente, treasurer

  SUBJECT: Excessive contribution; use of prohibited contributions; failure to accurately report expenditures
  DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

(re: excessive contribution; use of prohibited contributions; failure to accurately report expenditures)

(b) No reason to believe*

(re: use of prohibited contributions)

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated June 10, 2003); Statement of Reasons (Vice Chairman Smith, Commissioners Toner and Mason); Statement of Reasons (Commissioner Thomas); Statement of Reasons (Chair Weintraub)


*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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