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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

 

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing seven more Administrative Fines cases with $14,853 in civil money penalties, bringing to 443 the number of cases made public with $593,671 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 0230
RESPONDENTS: T.E.A.M. PAC, Diane Knight, treasurer
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,000 civil money penalty
2. AF 0293
RESPONDENTS: 1199 Service Employees International Union Federal Political Action Fund, Jennifer Cunningham, treasurer
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $10,000 civil money penalty
3. AF 0399
RESPONDENTS: Joe Turnham for Congress (1998 Committee) (now known as Friends of Joe Turnham), Peter Turnham, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty
4. AF 0411
RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Thomas Cramer, Thomas A. Cramer, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $652 civil money penalty (not collected)
5. AF 0445
RESPONDENTS: Golden State Political Action Committee, Ronald B. Turovsky, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $401 civil money penalty
6. AF 0455
RESPONDENTS: Texas Republican Congressional Committee AKA Victory 2000, Susan Howard-Chrane, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2000
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action
7. AF 0547
RESPONDENTS: Friends of Bob Graham Committee, Robin Gibson, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: Take no further action

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