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For Immediate Release
January 29, 2004
Contact: George Smaragdis
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 13 more Administrative Fines cases with $22,200 in civil money penalties, bringing to 887 the number of cases made public with $1,184,038 in fines collected by the FEC. In addition, there are numerous cases in various stages of the Administrative Fines process. Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC?s Press and Public Records offices.

The Administrative Fine Program, authorized by Congress in 1999 in response to a legislative recommendation made by the FEC (see News Release May 31, 2000), has a twofold purpose: to free critical Commission resources for more important and complex enforcement efforts, and to reduce the number of financial reports filed late or not at all. The Administrative Fines Program encompasses a range of civil money penalties set high enough to discourage committees from considering them an acceptable ?cost of doing business?, but not so high as to be exorbitant.

Civil money penalties will be determined by the number of days late, the amount of financial activity involved, and any prior penalties for reporting violations. Election sensitive reports (reports and notices filed prior to an election) will receive higher penalties.

PARTY COMMITTEES

1. AF 749  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Bexar County Democratic Party, Art A. Hall, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $5,000 civil money penalty (Reduced from $7,500 due to level of activity on report.)
2. AF 1069  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee, Brent Anderson, treasurer
  REPORT: June Monthly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $2,450 civil money penalty
     
     

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES

3. AF 886  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Committee to Elect Clinton B. LeSueur, Lee R. Bush, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: Close the file
     
4. AF 792  
     
  RESPONDENTS: C. Patrick Meece for Congress, Tresa Meece, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $900 (not collected)
     
5. AF 554  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Greenwood for Congress, Robert O. Baldi, treasurer
  REPORT: Year End 2001
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: See Greenwood for Congress v. FEC, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 03-0307
     
6. AF 758  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Jeff Ballenger for Congress, M. Eastman Chance, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  * LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $400 civil money penalty (not collected) (Reduced from $425 due to the Commission's intermittent server problems on the due date.)

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITEES

7. AF 736  
     
  RESPONDENTS: ACA International Political Action Committee (ACPAC), Thomas Cieslukowski, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $3,000 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 841  
     
  RESPONDENTS: ACA International Political Action Committee (ACPAC), Thomas Cieslukowski, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
9. AF 905  
     
  RESPONDENTS: ACA International Political Action Committee (ACPAC), Thomas Cieslukowski, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $3,200 civil money penalty
     
10. AF 813  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Day & Zimmerman, Inc., Federal PAC (aka DAYPAC-Federal), Joseph W. Ritzel, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,000 civil money penalty
     
11. AF 818  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Friends of Israel Political Action Committee ("FRIPAC"), Fred Levinson, treasurer
  REPORT: 12 Day Pre-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $1,250 civil money penalty
     
12. AF 723  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Swing States for a Conservative White House PAC, Inc., Marsha McCoy-Pfister, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $1,500 civil money penalty (not collected) (Reduced from $1,900 due to the Commission's intermittent server problems and the failure of the Commission's software manual and website to include the "one report per disk" policy.)
     
13. AF 1057  
     
  RESPONDENTS: Women's Political Committee ? Federal Fund, Stephen J. Kaufman, treasurer
  REPORT: Mid Year 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $2,500 civil money penalty

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