News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
February 14, 2003
|COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE|
|WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election
Commission is releasing six more Administrative Fines cases with $3,500
in civil money penalties, bringing to 507 the number of cases made
public with $721,371 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 FECs Press and Public Records
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.
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