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|For Immediate Release
November 1, 2002
|CAMPAIGNS CITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PRE-GENERAL REPORTS|
|WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission today cited 34 campaign
committees for failure to file the required Pre-General Election financial disclosure
Provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in the general election to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.
As of 5 p.m., October 31, 2002, disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:
The reports were to include financial activity occurring from October 1 through October 16. If sent by registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by October 21. Otherwise, the due date was close-of-business October 24. Mandatory electronic filing requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001. Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.
The FEC notified committees involved in the general election of their filing requirements on September 30. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on October 25 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.
Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-general election reports. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.
Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions and the FEC has implemented a new administrative fine program which may subject committees to penalties ranging from $275 to $12,000 or more.
The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees will be the 30-Day Post-General Election report due December 5, 2002. It will cover activity from October 17 through November 25.
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**A paper copy of the 12 Day Pre-General Election Report has been filed. However, the committee was required to file their report electronically.