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For Immediate Release
May 1, 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 four 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 5035
RESPONDENTS: (a) National Republican Congressional Committee, Donna M. Anderson, treasurer (DC)

(b) Ed Schrock for Congress, Robert J. Catron, treasurer (VA)

(c) Friends of Ed Schrock and its treasurer (VA)

COMPLAINANT: David Plouffe, Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DC)
SUBJECT: Use of non-federal funds in connection with federal election
DISPOSITION: (a-c) No reason to believe*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners
2. MUR 5040
RESPONDENTS: (a) Texans for Rudy Izzard, Rudy Izzard, treasurer (TX)

(b) Sherrill Pettus

(c) Dr. Vernon L. Ryan

(d) Charles J. Wyly, Jr.

COMPLAINANTS: FEC Initiated (Audit)
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; commingling campaign funds in a private bank account
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $8,500 civil penalty* Respondents will refund the excessive contributions of $8,325 to contributors, as designated by the Commission. Respondents will provide the Commission with copies of the front and back of negotiated refund check within 90 days from the date this Agreement becomes effective.

(b-d) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: excessive contribution]

Sent admonishment letters.

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners (July 7, 2000), General Counsel’s Report #4, certification of vote by Commissioners (March 25, 2002), Conciliation Agreement
3. MUR 5114
RESPONDENTS: (a) The Honorable James H. Maloney (CT)

(b) Friends of Jim Maloney, Inc., Patricia Draper, treasurer (CT)

(c) Maloney for State Senate ’88, Paul Norguiera, treasurer (CT)

(d) Connecticut Democratic Leadership Roundtable, Kenneth J. Curran, treasurer (CT)

(e) Charter Oak Democratic Victory Fund, Dianne Eppinger, treasurer (CT)

COMPLAINANT: Donald F. McGahn, II
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; contributions in the names of others; use of state fund in connection with federal election
DISPOSITION: (a-e) No reason to believe*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report, certification of vote by Commissioners
4. MUR 5135
RESPONDENTS: (a) George W. Bush (TX)

(b) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer (TX)

(c) Bush-Cheney 2000, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer (TX)

(d) State of Texas

COMPLAINANT: Concepcion M. Elizondo
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions
DISPOSITION: (a-d) No reason to believe*
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.