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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2003
Contact: Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
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.

1. MUR 5039R  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Federer for Congress Committee, Thomas M. Busken, treasurer

(b) William J. Federer

(c) Mark Ludwig

  COMPLAINANT: Roy Temple, Executive Director, Missouri State Democratic Committee
  SUBJECT: Excessive contribution; failure to report contribution; use of campaign assets for personal use
  DISPOSITION: (a) No reason to believe*

[re: excessive contribution; failure to report contribution]

(b-c) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Corrected Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 27, 2003); First General Counselís Report (dated August 20, 2003)
2. MUR 5315  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Wal-Mart Stores, Incorporated

(b) Samís Club Corporation

(c) Dole 2002 Committee, Brent D. Barringer, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Patricia Hawkins

Larry Owen

Betty Owen

Linda Gunter

  SUBJECT: Corporate contribution
  DISPOSITION: (a-c) Take no action*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); Case Summary; Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003); Statement of Reasons (Vice Chairman Smith and Commissioners Toner and Mason); Statement of Reasons (Commissioner Thomas)


*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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