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  • Press Release

Compliance Cases Made Public

December 20, 2001

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2001


Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
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 summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1. MUR 5066
RESPONDENTS: Benton for Congress, Don Benton, acting treasurer (WA)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to file 48-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $4,038 civil penalty*
2. MUR 5211
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Dave Eshleman, Joe Rodriguez, treasurer (CA)
SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $6,200 civil penalty*


*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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