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For Immediate Release
June 9, 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 two 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 5048
RESPONDENTS: (a) Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop, Inc. (WA)

(b) Nethercutt for Congress 2000, Lowell V. Ruen, treasurer

COMPLAINANT: Kris Wilder
SUBJECT: Corporate contribution; disclaimer
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $500 civil penalty*

(b) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report #2 (dated December 6, 2002); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated December 11, 2002); Conciliation Agreement; receipt of payment (dated November 13, 2002)
2. MUR 5092
RESPONDENTS: (a) Michael Lazaroff

(b) Lawrence Friedman

(c) Steven Graham

(d) Karon Hippard

(e) Lisa Mueller

(f) Lou Ann Wilcox

(g) Steven Wild

(h) Gordon Ankney

(i) Rhonda Thomas

(j) William Falk

(k) Jan Alonzo

(l) Charles Binger

(m) Gary Heifetz

(n) Thomas Jayne

(o) Thomas Litz

(p) Carnahan for Senate Committee, Lisa Lindsey, treasurer

(q) Thompson Coburn LLP

COMPLAINANT: Daryl D. Duwe, on behalf of Missouri Republican Party [5092]

Referral from the Department of Justice [5216/PreMUR396]

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions/contributions in the name of others; permitted name to be used to effect a political contribution
DISPOSITION: (a) Conciliation Agreement: $8,000 civil penalty*

[re: excessive contributions/contributions in the names of others]

Respondent will waive his right to a refund of all political contributions from recipient committees.

(b) Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

[re: permitted name to be used to effect a political contribution]

(c) Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

[re: permitted name to be used to effect a political contribution]

(d-g) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

Sent admonishment letters.

(h-q) Took no action*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel’s Report #3; certification of vote by Commissioners (dated March 4, 2003); Conciliation Agreement (Lazaroff); receipt of payment (Lazaroff – dated April 29, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated March 18, 2003); Memorandum – Supplemental to General Counsel’s Report #3 (dated February 24, 2003); Memorandum – Supplemental to General Counsel’s Report #3 (dated February 25, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated April 24, 2003); Conciliation Agreement (Graham); Conciliation Agreement (Friedman); receipt of payment (Friedman – dated April 22, 2003); cover memo from Bill Bradley for President Committee (dated July 17, 2002); receipt of disgorgement (Bradley – dated June 23, 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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