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For Immediate Release
December 20, 2002
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 12 more Administrative Fines cases with $51,675 in civil money penalties, bringing to 483 the number of cases made public with $700,296 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 0517
RESPONDENTS: Natural Law Party of the United States of America, Blanche Woodward, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $7,500 civil money penalty (partial payment)
2. AF 0535
RESPONDENTS: Lazio 2000 Inc, Andrew B. Siben, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Reports 2000 General Election
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $8,350 civil money penalty
3. AF 0540
RESPONDENTS: Hudson Valley Political Action Committee, Martin L. Goldstein, treasurer
REPORT: December Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
4. AF 0541
RESPONDENTS: National Air Traffic Controllers Association Political Action Committee (AKA NATCA PAC), John Carr, treasurer
REPORT: December Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty
5. AF 0572
RESPONDENTS: Uniformed Firefighters Association Political Action Committee (FIRE PAC), Thomas LaMacchia, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $2,100 civil money penalty
6. AF 0577
RESPONDENTS: Florida Sugar Cane League PAC, James E. Terrill, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
7. AF 0584
RESPONDENTS: Operating Engineers Local 12 Voluntary Legislative Fund, Steve Billy, treasurer
REPORT: February Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $275 civil money penalty
8. AF 0585
RESPONDENTS: Hudson Valley Political Action Committee, Marilyn Enison, treasurer
REPORT: February Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
9. AF 0586
RESPONDENTS: Local 500 Political Action Fund, Edward F. Keyser, Jr., treasurer
REPORT: February Monthly 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
10. AF 0588
RESPONDENTS: Dreier for Congress Committee, David Wm. Couch, treasurer
REPORT: 12 Day Pre-Primary 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $650 civil money penalty
11. AF 0591
RESPONDENTS: Hudson Valley Political Action Committee, Marilyn Enison, treasurer
REPORT: March Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty
12. AF 0592
RESPONDENTS: Wareing for Congress, Cathy Mc Conn, treasurer
REPORT: 48-Hour Reports 2002 Runoff Election Texas
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $21,200 civil money penalty

 

 

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

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