News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
January 26, 2001                                                                                                                          Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on eight 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 4956

RESPONDENTS: (a) New Hampshire Public Television (NH)
                                (b) Union Leader Corporation (MA) [Manchester Union Leader (NH)]
                                (c) New England Cable News (MA)
                                (d) Gore 2000, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer (TN)
                                (e) Bill Bradley for President, Inc., Theodore V. Wells, Jr., treasurer (NJ)

COMPLAINANTS: Patricia D. Salisbury, LaRouche’s Committee for a New Bretton Woods (VA)

SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debates/corporate contribution

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

 

2. MUR 4962

RESPONDENTS: (a) Cable News Network (CNN) (GA)
                                (b) WMUR-TV, Manchester (NH)
                                (c) Gore 2000, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer (TN)
                                (d) Bill Bradley for President, Inc. Theodore V. Wells, Jr., treasurer (NJ)

COMPLAINANTS: Patricia D. Salisbury, LaRouche’s Committee for a New Bretton Woods (VA)

SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debates/corporate contribution

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

 

3. MUR 4963

RESPONDENTS: (a) Los Angeles Times, Inc. [ Los Angeles Times ](CA)
                                (b) Cable News Network (CNN) (GA)
                                (c) Gore 2000, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer (TN)
                                (d) Bill Bradley for President, Inc., Theodore V. Wells, Jr., treasurer (NJ)
COMPLAINANTS:
Patricia D. Salisbury, LaRouche’s Committee for a New Bretton Woods (VA)

SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debates/corporate contribution

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

 

4. MUR 5006

RESPONDENTS: (a) CNBC, Inc. (NJ)
                                (b) Chris Matthews (NJ)
                                (c) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer (TX)
                                (d) Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee, John H. Gross, treasurer (NY)
                                (e) Republican National Committee - RNC, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: Robert V. Brannum, MSgt, USAFR (NM)

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; failure to provide "equal time"

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

 

5. MUR 5027 /Pre-MUR 390

RESPONDENTS: (a) Mark Nichols (CA)
                                (b) Gregorio Cervantes (CA)

COMPLAINANTS: Referral by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section, U.S. Department of Justice (DC)

SUBJECT: Contributions in the names of others

DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $ 56,000 civil penalty*
                                [knowing and willful]
                                (b) Conciliation Agreement: $ 26,000 civil penalty*
                                [knowing and willful]

 

6. MUR 5060

RESPONDENTS: (a) VideoEye Corporation (ID)
                                (b) The American Legion Magazine (IN)

COMPLAINANT: Robert S. McCurry (IN)

SUBJECT: Corporate contribution

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

 

7. MUR 5090

RESPONDENTS:
(a) CBS Radio 880 AM (NY)
(b) Harley Carnes (NY)

COMPLAINANTS: Eli Mason (NY)

SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/news story exemption

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

 

8. MUR 5108

RESPONDENTS: American Meat Institute - PAC, Sara Lilygren, treasurer (VA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 1,080 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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