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For Immediate Release
October 16, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 8 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 5136  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations

(b) American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

(c) Gore/Lieberman, Inc., Jose Villarreal, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: Peter Flaherty, President, National Legal and Policy Center
  SUBJECT: Union contributions; contribution limitations for publicly funded Presidential candidates; disclaimers
  DISPOSITION: (a -c) No reason to believe*

[re: union contributions, contribution limitations for publicly funded Presidential candidates, disclaimers]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counselís Report (dated August 21, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 26, 2003)

The Enforcement Priority System (EPS) rates all incoming cases against objective criteria to determine whether they warrant use of the Commissionís limited resources.

Cases dismissed under EPS fall into two categories: low-rated cases and stale cases. Low rated cases are those that do not warrant use of the Commissionís resources to pursue because of their lower significance relative to other pending matters. Stale cases are those that initially received a higher rating but have remained unassigned for a significant period due to a lack of staff resources for effective investigation. Effective enforcement relies upon the timely pursuit of complaints and referrals to ensure compliance with the law. Investigations concerning activity more remote in time usually require a greater commitment of resources, primarily due to the fact that the evidence of such activity becomes more difficult to develop as it ages. The utility of commencing an investigation declines as these cases age, until they reach a point when activation of a case would not be an efficient use of the Commissionís resources. As cases reach this point, they are recommended for dismissal.

 

Dismissed -Low Rated
2. Pre-MUR409  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Boone National Bank of Burlington, Kentucky
  COMPLAINANTS: Daniel P. Stipano, Deputy Chief Counsel for the Comptroller of the Currency
  SUBJECT: Bank loan not made on basis that assures repayment
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)
     
3. MUR 5273  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Rocky Flash for US Congress

Rocky A. Flash

  COMPLAINANT: Susan A. Holtsclaw
  SUBJECT: Improper listing of committee treasurer
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel's Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)
     
4. MUR 5282  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) The Honorable Martin T. Meehan

(b) Marty Meehan for Congress Committee, Mary Anastopoulos, treasurer

(c) Will Keyser

(d) Lori Loureiro

  COMPLAINANT: Jean Inman, Chairman, Massachusetts Republican Party
  SUBJECT: Use of congressional office and staff for campaign activities
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)
     
5. MUR 5286  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Michael Ashe

(b) D. Michael Ballard

(c) James Barret

(d) Maureen Barrett

(e) Barry W. Becker

(f) Travis Brady

(g) Laura Brady

(h) Ileana Brailsford

(i) Richard Bowler

(j) Raj Chanderaj

(k) Linda Chow

(l) Monika Czerwinski

(m) Donald Ellis

(n) T.A. Ghrist

(o) Porter for Congress, Chrissie Hastie, treasurer

(p) Ronald Hill

(q) M. Wayne Hogue

(r) Samuel Huang

(s) Stanley Hyduke

(t) Corey Jenkins

(u) Dan Laird

(v) William Laub

(w) James K. Longley

(x) James V. Longley

(y) Ingrid Michelson

(z) Steffani Paulk

(aa) Ryan Paulk

(bb) Barbara Paulk

(cc) Wanda Lamb Peccole

(dd) Donna Perez

(ee) Jon Porter, Sr.

(ff) Kimberly Becker Riggs

(gg) George Rosenbaum

(hh) Stephen Schmidt

(ii) Charlotte Seger

(jj) Dan Stewart

(kk) Lisa Sutton

(ll) Lisa Williams

(mm) Mordechai Yerushalmi

  COMPLAINANT: Pamela L. Egan, Executive Director, Nevada State Democratic Party
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions through failure to timely reattribute, redesignate or refund
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)
     
6. MUR 5302  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Friends of George E. Irvin, Sr., Gerald P. Collier, treasurer

(b) Keith Mitchell

  COMPLAINANTS: The Honorable Bennie Thompson
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; failure to disclose disbursement for rent
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)
     
7. MUR 5313  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, Roger Winkelman, treasurer
  COMPLAINANT: Rusty Hills, Chairman, Michigan Republican State Committee
  SUBJECT: Failure to report expenditures relating to Presidential Caucus
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counselís Report (dated July 30, 2003); certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 2003)

 

Dismissed ĖStale
8. MUR 5252  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

Joanne Neft

Taxpayers' for Better Government, Rita Copeland, treasurer

Committee to Elect Bill Kirby, E. Ken Tokutomi, treasurer

  COMPLAINANT: The Honorable Rico Oller
  SUBJECT: Excessive in-kind contributions; disclaimers
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: General Counsel's Report (dated July 30, 2003);

Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated August 12, 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.