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For Immediate Release
November 19, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing nine more Administrative Fines cases with $27,425 in civil money penalties, bringing to 464 the number of cases made public with $640,796 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 0525
RESPONDENTS: CWA-COPE Political Contributions Committee, Barbara J. Easterling, treasurer
REPORT: August Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $4,550 civil money penalty
2. AF 0536
RESPONDENTS: Federation of American Hospitals PAC (FEDPAC) (FKA American Health Systems PAC), Sylvia Urlich, treasurer
REPORT: November Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $625 civil money penalty
3. AF 0542
RESPONDENTS: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Political Action Committee, Beth E. Berke, treasurer
REPORT: December Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
4. AF 0558
RESPONDENTS: Philip Lowe for Congress, Pat Jones, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $9,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
5. AF 0564
RESPONDENTS: Neill for Congress Committee, Nan Jennings, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $600 civil money penalty

(Penalty reduced from $900 based on information provided in challenge showing that committee is not required to file electronically; paper copy of report filed late.)

6. AF 0575
RESPONDENTS: National Italian American Political Action Committee, Vincent M. Lasorsa, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $1,125 civil money penalty (not collected)
7. AF 0580
RESPONDENTS: New Mexicans for Bill Richardson, Lars Anderson, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty
8. AF 0582
RESPONDENTS: Service Employees International Union Local 434-B Federal COPE, Verdia Daniels, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,375 civil money penalty (not collected)
9. AF 0590
RESPONDENTS: Voters for Choice/Friends of Family Planning, Mary J. Collins, treasurer
REPORT: March Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,250 civil money penalty (not collected)

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