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For Immediate Release
October 18, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing three more Administrative Fines cases with $14,575 in civil money penalties, bringing to 446 the number of cases made public with $608,246 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 0243
RESPONDENTS: Jim Humphreys for Congress, Charles S. Smith, treasurer
REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2000
PENALTY: $7,200 civil money penalty
2. AF 0512
RESPONDENTS: Ohio Dental Association Political Action Committee,

Dr. David Rummel, treasurer

REPORT: Mid Year Report 2001
PENALTY: $3,475 civil money penalty
3. AF 0531
RESPONDENTS: Feinstein for Senate, Priscilla Burton, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Report 2000 General Election
PENALTY: $3,900 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $4,000 based on the number of 48-hour notices not filed.)

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