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For Immediate Release
January 6, 2003
Contact: George Smaragdis
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on one matter previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

1. MUR 5121  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) New Democrat Network, Simon Rosenberg, treasurer

(b) Sue Brodsky Burnett

(c) Calvin M. Dooley

(d) Timothy J. Roemer

(e) John B. Breaux

(f) Joseph I. Lieberman

(g) Bob Graham

(h) Mary L. Landrieu

(i) Blanche Lambert Lincoln

(j) James P. Moran, Jr.

(k) Adam Smith

(l) Dooley for Congress, Stephen J. Kaufman, treasurer

(m) Hoosiers for Tim Roemer, Christine A. Lauber, treasurer

(n) Mike Ross for Congress Committee, W. Herman Brown, treasurer

(o) Mike Honda for Congress, James E. Towery, treasurer

(p) Schiff for Congress, Stephen J. Kaufman, treasurer

(q) Susan Davis for Congress, Carolyn J. Witt, treasurer

(r) Linda Chapin for Congress, William A. Beckett, treasurer

(s) Elaine Bloom for Congress, Richard A. Berkowitz, treasurer

(t) Lauren Beth Gash for Congress, Barry J. Shapiro, treasurer

(u) Byrum for Congress, Hilda Patricia Curran, treasurer

(v) Matheson for Congress, Allen Sims, treasurer

(w) Citizens to Elect Rick Larsen, Robert Anderson, treasurer

(x) Friends of Jane Harman, Ted W. Lieu, treasurer

(y) Baesler for Congress, Mike Foley, treasurer

(z) Inslee for Congress, Linda Mitchell, treasurer

(aa) Friends of Jim Maloney, Inc., Patricia Draper, treasurer

(bb) Rush Holt for Congress, Inc., Pamela H. Mount, treasurer

(cc) Adam Smith for Congress, Katy Andrew, treasurer

(dd) Moore for Congress, Constance Shidler, treasurer

(ee) Carper for Senate 2000, Patricia P. McGonigle

(ff) Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, Peggy Gagnon, treasurer

(gg) Zell Miller for Senate, Inc., Keith W. Mason, treasurer

(hh) Stabenow for U.S. Senate, Angela M. Autera, treasurer

(ii) Carnahan for Senate Committee, Lisa L. Lindsey, treasurer

(jj) Nelson 2000, Susan K. Landow, treasurer

(kk) Robb for the Senate, Thomas J. Lehner

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

  COMPLAINANTS: Donald F. McGahn II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee
  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions, disclaimers
  DISPOSITION: (a) Reason to believe, sent admonishment letter* [re: disclaimers]

No reason to believe* [re: excessive contributions]

(b-ll) No reason to believe* [re: any provision of the Act]

Under the Act and Commission regulations, affiliated committees share contribution limits. The complaint alleged that the New Democrat Network (NDN), Dooley for Congress and a number of other committees made and accepted excessive contributions during the 2000 election cycle by virtue of being affiliated with each other. However, the Commission concluded that there was insufficient evidence to find that the committees were affiliated. Nonetheless, there was reason to believe that certain NDN solicitations did not include proper disclaimers. But in light of the no reason to believe finding concerning the affiliation allegation and the limited disbursements for the solicitations at issue, the Commission sent an admonishment letter.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commissionís web site at

by entering 5121 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.


*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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