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For Immediate Release
December 23, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 17 more Administrative Fines cases with $63,237 in civil money penalties, bringing to 862 the number of cases made public with $1,155,877 in fines collected by the FEC. 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.

PARTY COMMITTEES

1. AF 1035  
     
  RESPONDENTS: 15th  District Democratic Party, Patricia A. Fedewa, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES

2. AF 999  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Akram for Congress, Inc., Nancy Scheuermann, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $4,375 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
3. AF 1003  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Battles for Congress, Gil Baird, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $3,375 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
4. AF 1008  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Dub Maines for Congress, Joe M. Maines, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,350 civil money penalty (not collected) (Reduced from

$4,050 due to level of activity on report.)

     
5. AF 1009  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Bob Gross Committee, Robert Gross, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
6. AF 1012  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Margaret Workman, Albert V. Mays, Jr., treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $11,250 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
7. AF 565  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Joe Grimaud for Congress Committee, Peter J. Cannon,

treasurer

  REPORT: Year-End 2001
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $5,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
8. AF 983  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Lori Lustig for Congress, Ronald W. Richards, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
9. AF 1006  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Mike Greene for Congress Committee, Joe T. Kelley, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $5,625 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
10. AF 985  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Philip Lowe for Congress, Pat Jones, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $11,875 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
11. AF 988  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Randy Knepper for Congress, Nathan O. Botts, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
12. AF 1002  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Skorski for Congress, Alan Skorski, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,700 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
13. AF 984  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Syed Mahmood for Congress, Imtiaz Ahmad, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,250 civil money penalty (not collected)

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITEES

14. AF 1028  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Americans United in Support of Democracy, David Semmel,

treasurer

  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
15. AF 1014  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers

International Union Local No. 19 Political Organization

(BCTGM), Daniel S. Kolar, treasurer

  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $312 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
16. AF 1025  
     
  RESPONDENTS: National Italian American Political Action Committee

Vincent M. LaSorsa, treasurer

  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $2,025 civil money penalty (not collected) (Reduced from

$4,050 due to level of activity on report.)

     
17. AF 1027  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Take Back the House, M. Mickey Williams, treasurer
  REPORT: Year-End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)

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