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For Immediate Release
April 23, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing five more Administrative Fines cases with $8,500 in civil money penalties, bringing to 524 the number of cases made public with $730,721 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 0557
RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Trent Franks to Congress, Marsha Brooks, treasurer
REPORT: Year End 2001
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty
 
2. AF 0648
RESPONDENTS: ULLICO Inc. Political Action Committee (ULLIPAC), Joseph A. Carabillo, treasurer
REPORT: June Monthly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $2,400 civil money penalty
3. AF 0677
RESPONDENTS: American United Life Insurance Company PAC, Ron Fritz, treasurer
REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $350 civil money penalty
4. AF 0737
RESPONDENTS: Bi-County Political Action Committee (FKA Suffolk PAC), Ira Lamel, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
PENALTY: $2,000 civil money penalty
5. AF 0751
RESPONDENTS: Whetstone for Congress, Bertram L. Sanders II, treasurer
REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
* LATE/NON-FILER: Late
PENALTY: $250 civil money penalty

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