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For Immediate Release:                                  Contact:  Kelly Huff
April 28, 2000                                                    Ron Harris
                                                                  Sharon Snyder
                                                                  Ian Stirton

 

CAMPAIGNS CITED FOR FAILURE TO FILE PRE-PRIMARY REPORT

WASHINGTON -- Indiana and North Carolina will be holding primary elections on May 2, 2000, to select candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in the primary to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.

As of 5 p.m. , April 27, 2000, disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:

IN/02....RON GYURE FOR CONGRESS...JOHN H. BROOKE, TREAS...RONALD A. GYURE...DEM

NC/04...WARD FOR CONGRESS...DR. J. ALLEN LEWIS, TREAS...JESS WARD...REP

NC/06...COBLE FOR CONGRESS...WILLIAM H. KNIGHT, TREAS...JOHN H. COBLE...REP

NC/08...MIKE TAYLOR FOR CONGRESS...LEN BRAFFORD, TREAS...MIKE TAYLOR...DEM

NC/09...CLEMENT FOR CONGRESS...JERI CLEMENT, TREAS...JERI CLEMENT...DEM

NC/10...CASS BALLENGER FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE...MELISSA B. JORDAN, TREAS...THOMAS CASS BALLENGER...REP

NC/12...MEL WATT FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE...BOBBY T. MARTIN, TREAS...MELVIN L. WATT...DEM

The reports were due by close-of-business April 20, and were to include financial activity from April 1 through April 12. If sent by certified or registered mail, the reports should have been postmarked by April 17.

Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.

The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing requirements on March 27. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on April 21 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-primary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, including the imposition of civil penalties ($5,500 for "any violation" and $11,000 for any "knowing and willful" violation).

The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees will be the quarterly report, due July 15. It will cover activity from April 13 through June 30.

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