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For Immediate Release
March 5, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public a case resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 101 the total number of cases released, since the ADR program began October 2, 2000. The programís goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FECís Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

1. ADR 130  
  RESPONDENTS: Washtenaw County Democratic Party, Barbara R. Fuller, treasurer
  SOURCE: MUR 5312: Rusty Hills
  SUBJECT: Failure to register and report
  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT: $750 civil penalty

Respondents acknowledge the aforementioned violations of the FECA. In order to resolve this matter and avoid similar errors in the future, they agree to file the appropriate forms with the FEC in order to register with the Commission; establish and maintain a resource file on the FECA to provide guidance for the future and send an appropriate representative to attend, within 12 months of the effective date of this agreement, a FEC seminar on federal election campaign reporting requirements.

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