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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on three matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

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.

1. MUR 5050
RESPONDENTS: Amorello for Congress, Eunice C. Amorello, treasurer
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $10,000 civil penalty*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Conciliation Agreement; certification of vote by Commissioners (dated December 11, 2002)
2. MUR 5133R (See ADR #042)
RESPONDENTS: (a) Stenberg for Senate 2000 Committee, Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr., treasurer

(b) Don Stenberg

(c) Christine Vanderford, assistant treasurer, Stenberg for Senate 2000

COMPLAINANTS: Anne Boyle, Chairperson, Nebraska Democratic Party
SUBJECT: Corporate contributions; failure to file 48-hour reports; disclaimer; failure to report contributor information; failure to specify the purpose of disbursements
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $2,000 civil penalty*

Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: disclaimer; failure to report contributor information; failure to specify purpose of disbursements]

Sent admonishment letter.

(b-c) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report (dated June 18, 2002); Memo – Subject: MUR5133R – Errata (dated June 20, 2002); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated June 21, 2002); Conciliation Agreement (Stenberg for Senate); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 23, 2002)
3. MUR 5277
RESPONDENTS: American Medical Association Political Action Committee; Kevin Walker, treasurer
COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated
SUBJECT: Failure to timely file 24-hour reports
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $5,500 civil penalty*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Conciliation Agreement; certification of vote by Commissioners (dated December 16, 2002)

 

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint 3. "Probable cause" stage
2. "Reason to believe" stage 4. Conciliation stage

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.

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