News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2001


Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton



WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public five additional cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 6 the total number of cases released thus far. The program’s goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

1. ADR 0001 RESPONDENT(S): Byrum for Congress, Hilda P. Curran, treasurer (MI)
SOURCE: MUR 4923 - Complainant: Michigan Republican State Committee, Gregory R. Brock, Executive Director (MI)
SUBJECT: Failure to report earmarked contributions; failure to file amended reports to correct errors
$ 1,850 civil penalty
Respondent will attend FEC-sponsored seminar on Electronic Filing and Reporting Requirements and will meet with Commission staff for briefing session on reporting procedures.
2. ADR 0002 RESPONDENT(S): (a) PROCHOICE VOTER, Candyce Corcoran, treasurer (NY)
(b) Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion, Inc. ("WCLA"), Joseph Melhado (NY)
(c) Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion PAC ("WCLA-PAC"), Adam Bradley, treasurer (NY)
SOURCE: MUR 4883 - Complainant: Aldo V. Vitagliano, Esq. (NY)
SUBJECT: Engaging in activities that were allegedly prohibited contributions
$ 1,117.70 civil penalty
3. ADR 0003 RESPONDENT(S): Friedheim for Senate, Jason Shapiro, treasurer (HI)
SOURCE: MUR 4927 - Complainant: Eugene F. Douglass (HI)
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely
$ 1,000 civil penalty
Respondent has filed reports and will terminate activities.
4. ADR 0005 RESPONDENT(S): Committee to Elect Thomas Cramer, Thomas A. Cramer, treasurer (IL)
SOURCE: MUR 4917 - Complainant: Brent M. Christensen (IL)
SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure reports timely; failure to designate campaign depository; failure to accurately report contributions
$ 1,000 civil penalty
Respondent has amended and corrected reports and will attend an FEC-sponsored training seminar.
5. ADR 0010 RESPONDENT(S): Dr. Daniel R. Hightower (TN)
SOURCE: MUR 5152 - Complainant: Al M. Thomas (TN)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/contributions in the names of others
$ 1,200 civil penalty
Respondent will adopt and distribute, within 90 days of the effective date of the agreement, a corporate policy prohibiting corporate contributions to federal elections.

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