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For Immediate Release
April 7, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 3 more Administrative Fines cases with $5,105 in civil money penalties, bringing to 935 the number of cases made public with $1,228,749 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.


1. AF 1082  
  RESPONDENTS: Stace Williams for US Congress, Charles W. Darter, Jr., treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $4,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
2. AF 1081  
  RESPONDENTS: Sutton for Congress, Ruth Schiermeuer, treasurer
  REPORT: October Quarterly 2003
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $25 civil money penalty

(Reduced from $2,700 due to level of activity on report.)


3. AF 1083  
  RESPONDENTS: Monterey County Republican Central Committee Fed, Chris Steinbruner, treasurer
  REPORT: November Monthly 2003
  PENALTY: $580 civil money penalty

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