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For Immediate Release:                                                                                     Contact:  Kelly Huff
October 21, 1998                                                                                                                    Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                   Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                   Ian Stirton

FEC RELEASES THREE COMPLIANCE CASES

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has made public its final action on three matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (Please see footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1. MUR 3502

RESPONDENTS: (a) California Democratic Voter Checklist, Clinton Reilly, treasurer (CA)

(b) Clinton Reilly (CA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; exceeding $25,000 annual contribution limit; corporate contributions; failure to file 24-hour reports; failure to properly report loans and information on outstanding debts; misreporting of independent expenditures

DISPOSITION: (a) Probable cause to believe, but took no further action*

[re: failure to file 24-hour reports; failure to properly report loans and information on outstanding debts;

misreporting of independent expenditures]

Reason to believe, but took no action with respect to General Counsel’s Probable Cause to Believe recommendation*

[re: excessive contributions; corporate contributions]

(b) Reason to believe, but took no action with respect to General Counsel’s Probable Cause to Believe recommendation*

[re: excessive contributions; exceeding $25,000 annual contribution limit; corporate contributions]

2. MUR 4726

RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Philip Johnston for Congress, Frances A. Smith, treasurer (MA)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file 48-hour reports (candidate loans totaling $51,000)

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 4,000 civil penalty*

3. MUR 4774

RESPONDENTS: TECO Energy Inc. Employees’ PAC, Robin J. Hastings,

treasurer (FL)

COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely

DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $ 960 civil penalty*

 

*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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