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For Immediate Release
November 19, 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 three 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 4979  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Bush for President, Inc., David Herndon, treasurer

(b) Oakland County Republican Party, Mary Kathryn Decuir, treasurer

(c) John Engler

(d) Candice Miller

(e) Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C.

(f) Gilbert "Gil" Cox

(g) Andrew T. Baran

(h) Century 21 AAA North

(i) Charles W. Reaume

(j) The Meade Group, Inc.

(k) Barron Meade

  COMPLAINANT: Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic State Central

Committee/Federal Account

  SUBJECT: Corporate in-kind contributions
  DISPOSITION: (a-k) Take no action and close the file*
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel's Report (dated September 30, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 6, 2003).
     
2. MUR 5069/5132  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Lopito, Ileana, and Howie, Inc.

(b) Carlos Rodriguez

(c) Jose Rodriguez Amoros

(d) Anibal Acevedo Vila

(e) Comite Acevedo Vila Comisionado 2000, Inc., Ramon Velasco, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, David

Plouffe, Executive Director

Angel M. Cintron-Garcia

  SUBJECT: Corporate contribution; failure to report disbursements
  DISPOSITION: (a,b,d,e) Take no further action *

(c) No reason to believe * [re: allegations of the complaints]

(d-e) No reason to believe* [re: failure to report disbursements]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel's Report (dated September 20, 2001); Second General Counsel's Report (dated October 6, 2003); Certification of votes by Commissioners (dated September 25, 2001 and October 14, 2003)
     
3. MUR 5185  
     
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Hillary Rodham Clinton

(b) Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee, Inc., Harold Ickes, treasurer

(c) William Jefferson Clinton

(d) Denise Rich

(e) Anthony Rodham

(f) Hugh Rodham

(g) Rabbi David Twersky

  COMPLAINANT: Judicial Watch, Inc., by Thomas J. Fitton, President
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; acceptance of excessive contributions; failure to report "offset" to contributions
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) No reason to believe* [re: acceptance of excessive contributions; failure to report "offset" to contributions]

(c, e-g) No reason to believe* [re: any provision of the Act]

(d) No reason to believe* [re: excessive contributions]

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: First General Counsel's Report (dated October 10, 2003); Certification of vote by Commissioners (dated October 17, 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.

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