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For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Kelly Huff
March 16, 1998                                                    Ron Harris
                                                                  Sharon Snyder
                                                                  Ian Stirton

FEC RELEASES 18 COMPLIANCE CASES

WASHINGTON-The Federal Election Commission has made public its final action on 18 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. Pre-MUR 346

RESPONDENT: Coalition of Politically Active Christians (DC)

COMPLAINANTS: Referral by Shirley N. Fong, Staff Services Analyst, Enforcement Division Fair Political Practices Commission (CA)

SUBJECT: Non-FECA related

DISPOSITION: Took no action*

2. Pre-MUR 356

RESPONDENTS: Pritzker for Congress, Mark N. Poole, Campaign Director (IL)

COMPLAINANT: Sua sponte

SUBJECT: Disclaimer

DISPOSITION: Took no action*

3. MUR 4032

RESPONDENT: Kellie Gasink (NY)

COMPLAINANTS: Arthur R. Block, on behalf of Lenora B. Fulani, Lenora B. Fulani for President, Dr. Frederick D. Newman, Francine Miller and Rachel Massad (NY)

SUBJECT: Confidentiality

DISPOSITION: Took no action*

4. MUR 4394

RESPONDENTS: Americans for Limited Terms, Bob Costello, President (IL)

COMPLAINANT: Honorable Bob Kustra, Lt. Governor of Illinois (IL)

SUBJECT: Failure to report independent expenditures; disclaimers

DISPOSITION: Took no action*

5. MUR 4565

RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) David Bell (GA)
  • (b) Bell for Congress, Nancy Shaefer, treasurer (GA)
  • (c) AFL-CIO, Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer (DC)
  • COMPLAINANTS: Georgia Republican Party, Russell Paul, Chairman (GA)

    SUBJECT: Disclaimers

    DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

    6. MUR 4585

    RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Duane Hughes (CA)
  • (b) Hughes for Congress, Reginald H. Leighton, treasurer (CA)
  • (c) Californians for an Educated Electorate, Bob Gentry, treasurer (CA)
  • (d) Redwood Empire TRIM Committee and treasurer (CA)
  • (e) Seniors Concerned About Tomorrow (S.C.A.T.) (CA)
  • (f) Robert D. Weinmann, Executive Director, Seniors Concerned About Tomorrow (S.C.A.T.) (CA)
  • COMPLAINANTS: Roberta Hollowell, Director, California Democratic Party Region 2 (CA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to report contribution; excessive contributions; failure to register and report; disclaimer

    DISPOSITION: (a-f) Took no action.

    7. MUR 4589

    RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Will T. Cheek, Chairman, Tennessee Democratic Party (TN)
  • (b) Honorable Bart Gordon (TN)
  • (c) Congressman Bart Gordon Committee, Richard F. Laroche, Jr., treasurer (TN)
  • COMPLAINANTS: Gill for Congress Committee, Anthony L. Grande, Manager (TN)

    SUBJECT: Confidentiality

    DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

    8. MUR 4592

    RESPONDENT: Iowa Public Television (IPTV) (IA)

    COMPLAINANT: Jay B. Marcus (IA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debate

    DISPOSITION: Took no action*

    9. MUR 4593

    RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Public Interest Group (IA)
  • (b) Donald Racheter, Director, Public Interest Group (IA)
  • (c) KBUR Radio (IA)
  • COMPLAINANT: Jay B. Marcus (IA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debate

    DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

    10. MUR 4599

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Bruce W. Hapanowicz (NY)

    (b) Friends of Bruce W. Hapanowicz and treasurer (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: Dr. Neil Rothman (NY)

    SUBJECT: Failure to register and report

    DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

    11. MUR 4601

    RESPONDENTS: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Hollis E. Roberts, Chief (OK)

    COMPLAINANT: Diane Hicks (OK)

    SUBJECT: Political activity by Indian tribe

    DISPOSITION: Took no action*

    12. MUR 4602

    RESPONDENT: WFSB-TV Channel 3 (CT)

    COMPLAINANTS: Natural Law Party of Connecticut, Bernard Nevas, Co-chair (CT)

    SUBJECT: Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for selection of candidates for participation in debate

    DISPOSITION: Took no action*

    13. MUR 4604

    RESPONDENTS: Danny Covington Campaign Fund Committee, Edwina M. McCain, treasurer (MS)

    COMPLAINANTS: Jennifer P. Kinney, Secretary/Treasurer, D.C. Friends of Bennie Thompson (MS)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report

    DISPOSITION: Took no action*

    14. MUR 4667

    RESPONDENTS:

  • (a) Citizens for Stewart Greenleaf, P. Richard Stauffer, treasurer (PA)
  • (b) Greenwood for Congress, Robert O. Baldi, treasurer (PA)
  • (c) Citizens for Arlen Specter - 1998, Stephen J. Harmelin, treasurer (PA)
  • COMPLAINANTS: Albert J. Molitor, Chairman, Abington-Rockledge Democratic Committee (PA)

    SUBJECT: Failure to register and report

    DISPOSITION: (a-c) Took no action*

    15. MUR 4668

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Schakowsky for Congress, Larry Suffredin, treasurer (IL)

    (b) Evanston NAACP North Shore Branch, Bennett Johnson, President (IL)

    COMPLAINANT: Andrew Boron (IL)

    SUBJECT: Disclaimer

    DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

    16. MUR 4672

    RESPONDENTS: Friends of John A. O'Toole, John A. O'Toole, treasurer (CT)

    COMPLAINANT: Frank A. Loda (CT)

    SUBJECT: Failure to file disclosure report timely; failure to report complete contributor information; mathematical discrepancies

    DISPOSITION: Took no action*

    17. MUR 4673

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Papan for Assembly, Victor G. Kyriakis, treasurer (CA)

    (b) H.R.A. Investments, Ltd., Uri Ariel, President (Vancouver, B.C.)

    COMPLAINANTS: Referral from Philip Roberto, Proposition 103 Enforcement Project (CA)

    SUBJECT: Foreign national contribution

    DISPOSITION: (a-b) Took no action*

    18. MUR 4720/Pre-MUR 359

    RESPONDENT: Bechtel Group, Inc. (CA)

    COMPLAINANTS: Referral by Russell J. Richards, Assistant Director of Operations, Defense Contract Audit Agency (VA)

    SUBJECT: Contributions by government contractor

    DISPOSITION: No reason to believe*

    *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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