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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Kelly Huff
June 29, 2000                                                                                                                                 Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Sharon Snyder
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 13 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. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1. Pre-MUR 383

RESPONDENT: Washington County Democratic Committee (PA)

COMPLAINANT: Sua sponte

SUBJECT: Contributions from national banks

DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

 

2/3. MURs 4407 and 4544

RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)

  • (b) Clinton/Gore ’96 General Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC)
  • (c) Democratic National Committee, Carol Pensky, treasurer (DC)
  • (d) President William J. Clinton (DC)
  • (e) Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. (DC)
  • COMPLAINANT: Dole for President, Inc., Douglas C. Wurth, General Counsel (DC) [4407]

    Rebecca Roczen Carley, M.D. [4544]

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; exceeding overall expenditure limit; exceeding overall coordinated party expenditure limit; failure to properly report coordinated party expenditures and contributions; failure to report in- kind contributions; use of non-federal funds; acceptance of prohibited contributions

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

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall primary expenditure limit; failure to report in-kind contributions; knowing acceptance of prohibited contributions]

    1. (b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding general expenditure limit; failure to report in-kind contributions; knowing acceptance of prohibited contributions]

    • (c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding coordinated party expenditure limit; use of non-federal funds; failure to properly report coordinated party expenditures and contributions]

    1. (d) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall primary and general expenditure limits; knowing acceptance of prohibited contributions]

    1. (e) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall primary and general expenditure limits; knowing acceptance of prohibited contributions]

     

    4. MUR 4545

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC) 

    • (b) United States of America
    • (c) National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (DC)
    • (d) Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) (PA)
    • (e) CSX Corporation (VA)

    COMPLAINANT: Republican National Committee, Thomas J. Josefiak, Counsel (DC)

    SUBJECT: Use of government funds in federal election; corporate contributions; exceeding expenditure limits

    DISPOSITION: (a-e) No reason to believe*

    [re: any violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act, Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account Act or Commission’s regulations]

    5/6. MURs 4553 and 4671

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Dole for President, Inc., Robert J. Dole, treasurer (DC)

    1. (b) Dole/Kemp ’96, Inc., Robert J. Dole, treasurer (DC)
    2. (c) Republican National Committee, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)
    3. (d) Senator Robert J. Dole (DC)

    COMPLAINANTS: Democratic National Committee, Donald Fowler, Chairman (DC) [4553]

    Rebecca Roczen Carley, M.D. (NY) [4671]

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; exceeding overall expenditure limits (primary and general); exceeding coordinated party expenditure limit; acceptance of prohibited contributions; use of non-federal funds; failure to properly report coordinated party expenditures; failure to report contributions and expenditures

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

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall expenditure limit (primary); acceptance of prohibited contributions; failure to properly report contributions and expenditures]

    1. (b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
      1. [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall expenditure limit (general); acceptance of prohibited contributions; failure to properly report contributions and expenditures]

    2. (c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*
      1. [re: excessive contributions; exceeding coordinated party expenditure limit; use of non-federal funds; failure to properly report coordinated party expenditures and contributions]

    3. (d) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    [re: excessive contributions; exceeding overall expenditure limits (primary and general); acceptance of prohibited contributions]

    7. MUR 4713

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC) 

    • (b) Democratic National Committee, Carol Pensky, treasurer (DC)
    • (c) President William J. Clinton (DC)
    • (d) Harold M. Ickes, Esquire (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: Lenora B. Fulani (NY)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds; improper reporting; exceeding the overall expenditure limit; improper use of state allocation ratios for funding advertising campaign

    DISPOSITION: (a) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the overall expenditure limit; improper reporting]

    No reason to believe*

    [re: any statute or regulation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    1. (b) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*
      1. [re: excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds; improper reporting; improper use of state allocation ratios for funding advertising campaign]

        No reason to believe*

        [re: any statute or regulation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    2. (c) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the overall expenditure limit]

    No reason to believe*

    [re: any statute or regulation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    • (d) No reason to believe*

    [re: any statute or regulation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    No reason to believe*

    [re: any statute or regulation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission.]

    8. MUR 4761

    RESPONDENTS: Association of Trial Lawyers of America Political Action Committee, Dan Cohen, treasurer (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

    DISPOSITION: Reason to believe, but took no further action*

    Sent admonishment letter.

     

    9. MUR 4763

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Texas Democratic Party, Jane Hedgepeth, treasurer (TX)

    1. (b) Bexar County Democratic Party, Eddie Rodriguez, treasurer (TX)
    2. (c) Dallas County Democratic Party, David A. Parnell, treasurer (TX)
    3. (d) Galveston County Democratic Party, Mary Ellen Brennan, treasurer (TX)
    4. (e) Harris County Democratic Party, Sue Schechter, treasurer (TX)
    5. (f) Jefferson County Democratic Party, Gilbert T. Adams, Jr., treasurer (TX)
    6. (g) Travis County Democratic Party, Mina Clark, treasurer (TX)
    7. (h) 21st Century Political Action Committee, Art Brender, treasurer (TX)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $55,000 civil penalty*

    Respondents may not transfer excessive contributions to Respondents’ non-federal account unless Respondents have received, within 60 days of the effective date of this agreement, express, written permission from contributor of the excessive funds. Absent receipt of such written permission with the 60 day period, Respondents shall refund the excessive funds to the contributor. In each case where Respondents receive written permission to transfer the funds to their non-federal account, they shall furnish a copy of the written permission to the Commission prior to transferring funds.

     

    10. MUR 4764

    RESPONDENTS: Harris County Democratic Party, Sue Schechter, treasurer (TX)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (RAD)

    SUBJECT: Transfer of non-federal funds to federal account for 100% non-federal activity

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $5,000 civil penalty*

    11. MUR 4955

    RESPONDENTS: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Political Participation Fund A (Metlife), Robert C. Tarnok, treasurer (NY)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Failure to preserve and maintain payroll deduction authorization forms

    DISPOSITION: Conciliation Agreement: $5,000 civil penalty*

    Respondents agree to preserve and maintain all authorization forms as required by law

     

    12. MUR 4969

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Dole for President, Inc., Robert J. Dole, treasurer (DC)

    1. (b) Republican National Committee, Alec Poitevint, treasurer (DC)
    2. (c) Senator Robert J. Dole (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds; exceeding the overall expenditure limit; improper reporting; improper use of state allocation ratios for funding advertising campaign

    DISPOSITION: (a) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the primary expenditure limit; improper reporting]

    [re: excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds/making prohibited contributions; improper reporting]

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the primary expenditure limit; improper reporting]

    13. MUR 4970

    RESPONDENTS: (a) Clinton/Gore ’96 Primary Committee, Inc., Joan Pollitt, treasurer (DC) 

    • (b) Democratic National Committee, Carol Pensky, treasurer (DC)
    • (c) President William J. Clinton (DC)

    COMPLAINANT: FEC Initiated (Audit)

    SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds; acceptance of prohibited contributions; improper reporting; exceeding the overall expenditure limit; improper use of state allocation ratios for funding advertising campaign

    DISPOSITION: (a) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the overall primary expenditure limit; improper reporting]

    No reason to believe*

    [re: any violation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    1. (b) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*
      • [re: excessive contributions; use of non-federal funds/making prohibited contributions; improper reporting]

        No reason to believe*

        [re: any violation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    2. (c) Failed to pass a motion to find reason to believe*

    [re: excessive contributions; acceptance of prohibited contributions; exceeding the overall primary expenditure limit]

    No reason to believe*

    [re: any violation within the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission with respect to the allegations unrelated to the advertisements funded by the Democratic National Committee]

    *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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