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For Immediate Release
February 26, 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 5363  
  RESPONDENTS: (a) Alfred C. Sharpton

(b) Reverend Al Sharpton Presidential Exploratory Committee (a/k/a Sharpton 2004), Luis Miranda Jr., treasurer

  COMPLAINANTS: National Legal and Policy Center, Kenneth F. Boehm, Chairman
  SUBJECT: Failure to file Statement of Candidacy timely; failure to amend Statement of Organization timely; failure to file disclosure reports timely
  DISPOSITION: (a-b) Conciliation Agreement: $5,500 civil penalty*

Alfred C. Sharpton and Reverend Al Sharpton Presidential Exploratory Committee with Luis A. Miranda as treasurer violated the Act by failing to file a statement of candidacy designating his principle campaign committee within 15 days of becoming a candidate; failing to file an amended Statement of Organization 10 days after it was designated as his principle campaign committee and failing to timely file the 2002 Year End and 2003 April Quarterly Reports.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commissionís web site at fec.gov by entering 5363 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

*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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