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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
January 05, 2001                                                                                                                          Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 27 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 4922

 

RESPONDENTS: Suburban O’Hare Commission, John C. Geils, Chairman (IL)

 

COMPLAINANT: Brent Christensen (IL)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate contribution, failure to report independent expenditures, disclaimer

 

DISPOSITION: Failed to pass motion to find reason to believe*

 

2. MUR 4934

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Angel Morey (PR)

(b) Honorable Carlos Romero-Barecelo (PR)

(c) Comite Eleccion de Carlos Romero-Barcelo el Congresso, Inc.,

Miguel J. Carbonell, treasurer (PR)

(d) Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Mateo (PR)

(e) Domingo Garcia Camacho (PR)

(f) Andres Sanchez Delgado (PR)

 

COMPLAINANT: Honorable Aníbal Acevedo Vilá

 

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

 

DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

(b-f) Took no action*

 

3. MUR 4960

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Hillary Rodham Clinton (DC)

(b) Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Exploratory Committee, William J. Cunningham, III, treasurer (DC)

(c) Kaki Hockersmith (AR)

(d) Carolyn Huber (TX)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Judicial Watch, Thomas J. Fitton, President and Robert J.

Corry, Jr., Esq (DC)

 

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions (in the form of a loan and services rendered)

 

DISPOSITION: (a-d) No reason to believe*

 

4. MUR 4967

 

RESPONDENTS: Mississippi Democratic Party Political Action Committee, Jodie Robinson, treasurer (MS)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely

 

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $20,000 civil penalty*

 

5. MUR 4972

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Darrell E. Issa (CA)

(b) Issa for Congress, Betty Presley, treasurer (CA)

(c) Bill Horn for US Senate, Ralph G. Jensen, treasurer (CA)

(d) Scott Taylor (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Bill Morrow, Bill Morrow for Congress Committee (CA)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to accurately report disbursements; excessive contributions

 

DISPOSITION: (a-d) No reason to believe*

 

6. MUR 5030

 

RESPONDENTS: Bob Greenlee for Congress Committee, Claire Beckman, treasurer (CO)

 

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports

 

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $3,800 civil penalty*

 

7. MUR 5095

 

RESPONDENTS: American Federation of Government Employees’ Political Action Committee, Bobby L. Harnage, treasurer (DC)

 

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

 

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,250 civil penalty*

 

8. MUR 5129 / Pre- MUR 394

 

RESPONDENTS: Larry E. Johnson for Congress Congressional Committee, Marcia J. Johnson, treasurer (CO)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Sua sponte

 

SUBJECT: Disclaimer

 

DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

 

The Enforcement Priority System (EPS) rates all incoming cases against objective criteria to determine whether they warrant use of the Commission’s limited resources.

Cases dismissed under EPS fall into two categories: low-rated cases and stale cases. Low rated cases are those that do not warrant use of the Commission’s resources to pursue because of their lower significance relative to other pending matters. Stale cases are those that initially received a higher rating but have remained unassigned for a significant period due to a lack of staff resources for effective investigation. Effective enforcement relies upon the timely pursuit of complaints and referrals to ensure compliance with the law. Investigations concerning activity more remote in time usually require a greater commitment of resources, primarily due to the fact that the evidence of such activity becomes more difficult to develop as it ages. The utility of commencing an investigation declines as these cases age, until they reach a point when activation of a case would not be an efficient use of the Commission’s resources. As cases reach this point, they are recommended for dismissal.

Dismissed - Stale

9. Pre-MUR 388

 

RESPONDENT: United Steelworkers of America, Local 2285 (MA)

 

COMPLAINANT: Referral by Mark Letizi, District Director, Office of

Labor-Management (MA)

 

SUBJECT: Union contributions

 

10. Pre-MUR 392

 

RESPONDENT: First National Bank of Johns Creek (GA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Referral by Robert B. Serino, Deputy Chief Counsel, Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks (DC)

 

SUBJECT: National bank contribution

 

 

Dismissed - Low Priority

11. MUR 4892

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Monica Monica MD Congress Committee, Thomas Long, treasurer (LA)

(b) Americans for Term Limits (AR)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Kenneth A. Weiss, Esq., on behalf of Rob Couhig and David Vitter (LA)

 

SUBJECT: Independent expenditure

 

12. MUR 4899

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Texans for Good Government PAC, Floyd E. Hodges, Jr.,

treasurer (TX)

(b) Ed Hodges, Executive Director, Texans for Good Government

PAC (TX)

(c) Heidi M. Lange, Vice-Chair, Texans for Good Government

PAC (TX)

(d) Loretta S. Campbell, Chair, Texans for Good Government

PAC (TX)

(e) Honorable Pete Sessions (TX)

(f) Pete Sessions for Congress, Darby Strickland, treasurer (TX)

(g) George W. Strake, Jr. (TX)

(h) Jack Rains (TX) (i) Al G. Hill, Jr. (TX)

(j) Orlando Sanchez (TX) (k) Ray Allen (TX)

(l) Ron Clark (TX) (m) Gary Elkins (TX)

(n) Will Harnett (TX) (o) Talmadge Heflin (TX)

(p) Carl Islett (TX) (q) Elvira Reyna (TX)

(r) James L. Blythe, Sr. (TX) (s) Alfonso Jackson (TX)

(t) Dan and Gail Cook (TX) (u) Felix Chen (TX)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Texas Democratic Party, Molly Beth Malcom, Chair (TX)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to register and report; use of non-federal (state) funds for a federal election; disclaimer; corporate contributions; excessive contributions; issue ads

 

 

13. MUR 4930

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 General Committee, Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

(b) American Federation of Teachers (DC)

(c) International Brotherhood of Teamsters (DC)

 

COMPLAINANT: Philip L. Stimac (CA)

 

SUBJECT: Union contributions

 

14. MUR 4945

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Joe Baca (CA)

(b) Friends of Joe Baca, William P. Smith, treasurer (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)

 

SUBJECT: Disclaimer; use of state taxpayer funds for federal election

 

15. MUR 4954

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Ulster County Republican Committee, Mabel Osterhudt, treasurer (NY)

(b) Peter J. Savageo, Chairman, Ulster County Republican Committee (NY)

(c) Rensselaer County Republican Committee and its treasurer (NY)

(d) James A. Walsh, Chairman, Rensselaer County Republican Committee (NY)

(e) George W. Bush for President, Inc. David Herndon, treasurer (TX)

 

COMPLAINANTS: William A. Dal Col, President, Forbes 2000, Inc. (VA)

 

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; corporate contributions; disclaimer

 

16. MUR 4958

 

RESPONDENT: Peter Roskam (IL)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Jeff Shulem, Chief Financial Officer, Data + Imagination, Inc. (IL)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to disclose and pay debts

 

17. MUR 4971

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Bill Morrow (CA)

(b) Bill Marrow for Congress, William J. Marvin, treasurer (CA)

(c) Russo Marsh & Associates, Inc. (CA)

(d) Salvatore E. Russo, President, Russo Marsh & Associates, Inc.(CA)

(e) Anthony Marsh, Vice President, Russo Marsh & Associates, Inc. (CA)

(f) Dave Wolfson (CA) (g) Matt Keelen (CA)

(h) Keith Battle (CA) (i) Matt Zandi (CA)

(j) Heather Cope (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Dale Neugebauer, Campaign Manager, Darrell Issa for US Congress (CA)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to itemize or report disbursments; corporate contributions

 

18. MUR 4975

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Mike Honda (CA)

(b) Mike Honda for Congress, James E. Towery, treasurer (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Ash Pirayou, General Counsel, Peacock for Congress (CA)

 

SUBJECT: (a-b) Disclaimers

 

19. MUR 4980

 

RESPONDENTS: Mike Honda for Congress, James E. Towery, treasurer (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Ash Pirayou, General Counsel, Peacock for Congress (CA)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to provide contributor information and demonstrate best efforts

 

20. MUR 4985

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Dooley for Congress, Evert L. Ballard, treasurer (MO)

(b) Charlie A. Dooley (MO)

(c) McCullough for Prosecutor Committee and treasurer (MO)

(d) Citizens for Buzz Westfall, Michael W. Flynn, treasurer (MO)

(e) Shalowitz for State Senate Committee, Jonathan Becker,

treasurer (MO)

(f) Diane Ryll (MO)

(g) Normandy Township Regular Democratic Club, Everett Ballard, treasurer (MO)

 

COMPLAINANT: Rickey Jamerson (MO)

SUBJECT: Use of state (non-federal) funds in connection with federal election

 

21. MUR 4986

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer (TX)

(b) Denver Broncos (CO)

 

COMPLAINANT: Mrs. Marion Zeitz (CO)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate contribution

 

22. MUR 4988

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of Tim Johnson, James Bray, treasurer (IL)

(b) Tom Berns for State Representative, Fred Reiter, treasurer (IL)

(c) Tom Berns (IL)

 

COMPLAINANT: Joseph Whelan (IL)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; disclaimer; failure to report expenditures

 

23. MUR 4991

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Dick Zimmer (NJ)

(b) Zimmer 2000 Inc., Maria Chappa, treasurer (NJ)

(c) Patricia M. Reilly (NJ)

(d) Brian M. Nelson (NJ)

 

COMPLAINANT: James F. Klein (NJ)

 

SUBJECT: Disclaimers

 

 

24. MUR 4993

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Tom Foley (PA)

(b) Tom Foley for US Senate , Frank M. Vaccaro Jr., treasurer (PA)

(c) Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hipple LLP (PA)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Phil Berg, Phil Berg for US Senate (PA)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate/excessive contributions; failure to report disbursements; failure to pay employee taxes

 

25. MUR 4995

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Honorable Anthony David Weiner (NY)

(b) Friends of Weiner, Christopher Bellitti, treasurer (NY)

(c) United Snacks, Inc. (NY)

(d) M & R Management Co., Inc. (NY)

 

COMPLAINANT: Perry Vais (NY)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; use of non-federal (state) funds

 

26. MUR 5003

 

RESPONDENTS: (a) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer (TX)

(b) Denver Broncos (CO)

(c) Pat Bowlen , President and Chief Executive Officer,

Denver Broncos (CO)

(d) Jacor Broadcasting of Colorado, Inc. (850 KOA) (CO)

 

COMPLAINANT: Kai Kestutis Abelkis (CO)

 

SUBJECT: Corporate contribution

 

27. MUR 5005

 

RESPONDENTS: Toltz 2000, Karen Rokala, treasurer (CO)

 

COMPLAINANTS: Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)

 

SUBJECT: Failure to itemize PAC contributions; failure to accurately report in-kind contributions; excessive contribution

 

*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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