News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
October 9, 2002
|COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC|
|WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public
its final action on 14 matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only
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.
The Enforcement Priority System (EPS) rates all incoming cases against objective criteria to determine whether they warrant use of the Commissions limited resources.
Cases dismissed under EPS fall into two categories: low-rated cases and stale cases. Low rated cases are those that do not warrant use of the Commissions resources to pursue because of their lower significance relative to other pending matters. Stale cases are those that initially received a higher rating but have remained unassigned for a significant period due to a lack of staff resources for effective investigation. Effective enforcement relies upon the timely pursuit of complaints and referrals to ensure compliance with the law. Investigations concerning activity more remote in time usually require a greater commitment of resources, primarily due to the fact that the evidence of such activity becomes more difficult to develop as it ages. The utility of commencing an investigation declines as these cases age, until they reach a point when activation of a case would not be an efficient use of the Commissions resources. As cases reach this point, they are recommended for dismissal.
*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:
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.