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For Immediate Release
June 26, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing three more Administrative Fines cases with $2,946 in civil money penalties, bringing to 605 the number of cases made public with $840,966 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 638
RESPONDENTS: Voters for Choice/Friends of Family Planning, Mary Jean Collins, treasurer
REPORT: April Monthly 2002
PENALTY: $2,550 civil money penalty
2. AF 683
RESPONDENTS: Political Action Council of Educators (United Teachers – Los Angeles), Patricia Stanyo, treasurer
REPORT: July Quarterly 2002
PENALTY: $343.75 civil money penalty
3. AF 714
RESPONDENTS: Bob Condon for Congress Committee, Robert P. Condon, treasurer
REPORT: Mid Year 2002
PENALTY: $52 civil money penalty

(Reduced from $8,000 due to level of activity of report.)

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