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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2001

Contact:

Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on six 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 4929 RESPONDENTS: (a) Knight-Ridder, Inc. (CA)
(b) ABC (American Broadcasting Company) (NY)
(c) CBS Corporation (NY)
(d) NBC (National Broadcasting Company) (NY)
(e) Dow Jones & Sons, Inc. (NY)
(f) New York Post Corporation (NY)
(g) The New York Times Co. (NY)
(h) Gannett Co., Inc. (VA)
(i) Times Mirror, Inc. [Los Angeles Times] (CA)
(j) Chronicle Publishing Co (CA)
(k) The Washington Post (DC)
(l) Fox Broadcasting Company (CA)
COMPLAINANT: Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D. (CA)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/news story exemption
DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*
 
2. MUR 4940
 
RESPONDENTS:
 
(a) Campaign for America (DC)
(b) Jerome Kohlberg (NY)
(c) Eileen Capone, treasurer, Campaign for America (NY)
(d) Douglas C. Berman (NJ)
COMPLAINANTS: National Republican Senatorial Committee, Steven J. Law, Executive Director
SUBJECT: Failure to file independent expenditure report with Secretary of Senate; failure to register and report; excessive contributions; exceeding $25,000 contribution limit; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*
(failure to file independent expenditure report with Secretary of Senate
Failed to pass a motion to find no reason to believe*
(failure to register and report; excessive contributions; disclaimer)

(b) Failed to pass a motion to find no reason to believe*
(excessive contributions; exceeding $25,000 annual contribution limit)

(c-d) Failed to pass a motion to find no reason to believe*
(any provision of the law)

 
3. MUR 5043
 
RESPONDENTS:
 
Committee to Elect Mike Burkhold to Congress, Hulic Ratteree, treasurer (SC)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 6,000 civil penalty*
 
4. MUR 5079
 
RESPONDENTS:
 
(a) Chicago's Committee for '96, Walter K. Knorr, treasurer (IL)
(b) 1996 Democratic National Convention Committee, Inc., Andrew Tobias, treasurer (DC)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; failure to report contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe*
[re: corporate contributions; failure to report contributions]
 
5. MUR 5080
 
RESPONDENTS:
 
(a) 1996 Democratic National Convention Committee, Inc., Andrew Tobias, treasurer (DC)
(b) Democratic National Committee, Andrew Tobias, treasurer (DC)
(c) Chicago's Committee for '96, Walter K. Knorr, treasurer (IL)
(d) City of Chicago (IL)
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Failure to report contributions; corporate contributions
DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*
[re: corporate contributions; failure to report contributions; exceeding expenditure limit]
Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: failure to report contributions]
Sent admonishment letter.

(b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
[re: failure to report contributions]
Sent admonishment letter.

(c) No reason to believe*
[re: corporate contributions; failure to report contributions]

(d) No reason to believe*
[re: failure to report contributions]

 
6. MUR 5117
 
RESPONDENTS:
 
(a) The New York Times Company (NY)
(b) The Boston Globe (MA)
COMPLAINANT: Patrick West (VA)
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions/news story exemption
DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

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*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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