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For Immediate Release
August 19, 2002
(Corrected August 26, 2002)
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 10 more Administrative Fines cases with $35,750 in civil money penalties, bringing to 436 the number of cases made public with $579,470 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 0427
RESPONDENTS: John Fee for Congress, John Fee, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (not collected)

(Penalty reduced from $4,375 due to level of activity on report.)

2. AF 0467
RESPONDENTS: The Greens/Green Party USA, Jennifer Kenney, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $1,800 due to level of activity on report.)

3. AF 0498
RESPONDENTS: Eleanor Jordan for Congress, Christal Williams, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)

(Penalty reduced from $9,000 due to level of activity on report.)

4. AF 0526
RESPONDENTS: VenturePAC, Mark G. Heesen, treasurer
REPORT: August Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $750 civil money penalty
5. AF 0527
RESPONDENTS: AT&T Political Action Committee (AT&T PAC), Patrick Moletteri, treasurer
REPORT: September Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $1,200 civil money penalty
6. AF 0528
RESPONDENTS: Committee on Letter Carriers Political Education (Letter Carriers Political Action Fund), Florence Johnson, treasurer
REPORT: September Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filers
PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty
7. AF 0529
RESPONDENTS: Harry Browne for President Inc, Perry Willis, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (collected)

(Penalty reduced from $5,625 due to level of activity on report.)

8. AF 0532
RESPONDENTS: Bill McCollum for US Senate, Richard L. Pilhorn, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Report 2000 General Election
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $4,150 civil money penalty
9. AF 0533
RESPONDENTS: Chris Chocola for Congress Inc, James R. Evans, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Report 2000 General Election
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $13,000 civil money penalty
10. AF 0534
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Phill, Jay F. Ketterling, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Report 2000 General Election
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $8,100 civil money penalty

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