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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2002

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Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
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 disposition information.

Specific released documents placed on the public record within the following closed MURs are cited following DISPOSITION heading. Release of these documents is consistent with the district court opinion in the December 19, 2001, decision of AFL-CIO v. FEC, now on appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Once an appellate decision is rendered, the Commission will review documents related to cases released in the interim.

1. MUR 5012
RESPONDENTS: Schweitzer for US Senate, Linda Nielsen, treasurer (MT)
COMPLAINANT: Charles J. Lorentzen
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report #2, certification of vote by Commissioners
2. MUR 5119
RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of John Hostettler, Tim Deisher, treasurer (IN)

(b) John Hostettler (IN)

(c) James Kohlmayer, Chairman, Posey County Republican Party (IN)

(d) Posey County Republican Party, Greg Newman, treasurer (IN)

(e) American General Corporation PAC, Vincent E. Cantwell, treasurer (NY)

COMPLAINANTS: David Plouffe, Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Contributions in the name of another
DISPOSITION: (a-c) No reason to believe*

(d-e) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report #2, certification of vote by Commissioners
3. MUR 5124
RESPONDENTS: Rehberg for Congress Committee, Lorna Kuney, treasurer (MT)
COMPLAINANT: Phillip A. Miller
SUBJECT: Disclaimer
DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letter.

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners
4. MUR 5194 [See MUR5206]
RESPONDENTS: (a) National Republican Congressional Committee -- Contributions, Donna M. Anderson, treasurer (DC)

(b) Thomas D. DeLay

(c) Tom DeLay Congressional Committee, David Evans, treasurer

COMPLAINANTS: Judicial Watch, Inc., by Larry Klayman, General Counsel and Chairman, Thomas J. Fitton, President (DC)
SUBJECT: Reporting alleged offsets to contributions
DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

(b-c) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners
5. MUR 5206 [See MUR 5194]
RESPONDENTS: (a) National Republican Senatorial Committee, Stan Huckaby, treasurer (DC)

(b) National Republican Congressional Committee -- Contributions, Donna M. Anderson, treasurer (DC)

(c) Thomas D. DeLay

(d) Tom DeLay Congressional Committee, David Evans, treasurer

(e) Bill Frist

(f) Sam Brownback

(g) Wayne Allard

(h) Christopher Bond

(i) James M. Inhofe

(j) Jeff Sessions

(k) Gordon H. Smith

COMPLAINANTS: Judicial Watch, Inc., by Larry Klayman, General Counsel and Chairman, Thomas J. Fitton, President (DC)
SUBJECT: Reporting alleged offsets to contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe*

(c-k) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners
6. MUR 5237
RESPONDENTS: (a) Paul L. Friedman

(b) Colleen Kollar-Kotelly

(c) Judith Rogers

(d) Clinton-Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

(e) Clinton-Gore ’96 General Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

COMPLAINANT: David L. Whitehead (MD)
SUBJECT: Excessive in-kind contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-e) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners

 

*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.