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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on one matter previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.
1. MUR 5343  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Democratic Issues Agenda, Diane Evans, treasurer

(b) Empowerment for the New Century, Antonio Harrison, treasurer

(c) Strategic Task Force to Mobilize People

(d) Progress for America and its treasurer

(e) Democratic Senate Majority Fund ? Non-Federal Account, Marc Farinella, treasurer

(f) PAC for a Democratic House ? Non-Federal Account, Moses Mercado, treasurer

(g) U.S. Representative Tom DeLay

(h) Americans for a Republican Majority, Corwin Teltschik, treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: Donald J. Simon, Acting President, Common Cause

Fred Wertheimer, President, Democracy 21

Trevor Potter, General Counsel, The Campaign and Media Legal Center

Larry Noble, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

  SUBJECT: Establishment, financing, maintenance or control of organizations by national party committees
  DISPOSITION: (a-d) No reason to believe*

[re: any provision of the Act]

The complaint alleges that the national party committees established and/or financed organizations to raise and spend soft money in connection with federal elections in violation of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. The Commission found there was no reason to believe these groups violated any provision of the Act. With regard to the remaining respondents, the Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the complaint.

(e-h) Take no action*

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission?s web site at fec.gov by entering 5343 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington DC.


*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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