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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on four 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 4735
RESPONDENTS: (a) Bordonaro for Congress, Betty Presley, treasurer

(b) Tom J. Bordonaro, Jr.

(c) Todd Harris, spokesman for the Bordonaro campaign

COMPLAINANTS: Catherine Duvall, Campaign Manager, Lois Capps for Congress
SUBJECT: Fraudulent misrepresentation; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: fraudulent misrepresentation]

Took no action*

[re: disclaimer]

(b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: fraudulent misrepresentation]

(c) No reason to believe*

[re: fraudulent misrepresentation]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated January 14, 2003); General Counsel’s Report #3 (dated December 10, 2002); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated May 23, 2000); General Counsel’s Report #2 (dated May 18, 2000); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated March 25, 1999); First General Counsel’s Report (dated March 16, 1999)
2. MUR 4998
RESPONDENTS: (a) Democracy Network (DNet)

(b) Grassroots Enterprises, Inc. (f/k/a

(c) League of Women Voters

(d) League of Women Voters Education Fund

(e) Center for Governmental Studies


(g) America Online


(i) Knight-Ridder, Inc.

(j) Knight-Ridder Ventures LLC

(k), Inc.

(l) P. Anthony Ridder

(m) CNet Networks, Inc.

COMPLAINANT: National Legal and Policy Center, Peter Flaherty, President
SUBJECT: Misleading Commission in advisory opinion request; corporate contributions; exemption for nonpartisan activity; coordination with candidates
DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

[re: violated the Act]

(b-m) No reason to believe*

[re: any violation of the Act in connection with DNet]

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel’s Report (dated January 10, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated January 16, 2003)
3. MUR 5125
RESPONDENTS: (a) Dr. Paul E. Perry

(b) Paul Perry for Congress, Jay Ziemer, treasurer

(c) Indiana Medical Political Action Committee; Barry Glazer, M.D., treasurer

(d) Indiana Democratic Coordinated Campaign Committee, Dennis M. Charles, treasurer

COMPLAINANT: Donald F. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee
SUBJECT: Excessive contribution/contribution in the name of another/earmarked contribution
DISPOSITION: (a-d) No reason to believe*
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated January 6, 2003); First General Counsel’s Report (dated December 20, 2002)
4. MUR 5247
RESPONDENTS: North Carolina Republican Executive Committee, Steven Long, treasurer
SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to enter into a written joint fundraising agreement identifying the fundraising representative and stating a formula for the allocation of fundraising proceeds; failure to retain the written agreement for a period of three years; failure to make agreement available to the Commission upon request; failure to include fundraising notice with every solicitation for contributions for the North Carolina Victory Fund joint fundraising event
DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $20,000
DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated December 12, 2002); Conciliation Agreement; Receipt of Payment (dated January 1, 2003 and February 4, 2003)

*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.