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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2001

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing eight more Administrative Fines cases with $24,975 in civil money penalties, bringing to 240 the number of cases made public with $308,443 in fines collected. In addition, there are numerous cases in various stages of the Administrative Fines process. Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

The Administrative Fine Program, authorized by Congress in 1999 in response to a legislative recommendation made by the FEC (see News Release May 31, 2000), has a twofold purpose: to free critical Commission resources for more important and complex enforcement efforts, and to reduce the number of financial reports filed late or not at all. The Administrative Fines Program encompasses a range of civil money penalties set high enough to discourage committees from considering them an acceptable ‘cost of doing business’, but not so high as to be exorbitant.

Civil money penalties will be determined by the number of days late, the amount of financial activity involved, and any prior penalties for reporting violations. Election sensitive reports (reports and notices filed prior to an election) will receive higher penalties.

1. AF 0084
RESPONDENTS: Friends of John LaFalce, Theresa F. Opalinski, treasurer (NY)
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-Primary 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $5,000 civil money penalty
2. AF 0096
RESPONDENTS: Rod Martin for Congress, Inc., Leah Martin, treasurer (AR)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $475 civil money penalty (not collected)
3. AF 0114
RESPONDENTS: Kilian for Congress Committee, Janice L. Kilian, treasurer (CA)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $0 civil money penalty (Penalty reduced due to lack of activity on report.)
4. AF 0123
RESPONDENTS: Dooley for Congress, Everet L. Ballard, treasurer (MO)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $5,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
5. AF 0125
RESPONDENTS: McNary for Congress Committee, Andrew N. Baur, treasurer (MO)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $6,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
6. AF 0133
RESPONDENTS: Troutt for Congress, H. P. Ferguson, treasurer (OK)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty (not collected)
7. AF 0147
RESPONDENTS: Paul Williams for Congress, Mike Mundy, treasurer (TX)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)
8. AF 0149
RESPONDENTS: Clarke 2000, Raynel’ L. Trotman , treasurer (NY)
REPORT: October Quarterly 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,000 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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