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For Immediate Release
May 06, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing 8 more Administrative Fines cases with $14,395 in civil money penalties, bringing to 943 the number of cases made public with $1,239,644 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.

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES

1. AF 981  
     
  RESPONDENT: DeLay for Congress, John L. Przybysz, treasurer
  REPORT: Year End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Non-Filer
  PENALTY: $3,500 civil money penalty (not collected)
     
2. AF 889  
     
  RESPONDENT: Friends of Jim Farrin, Julian H. Gingold, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $1,100 civil money penalty

PARTY COMMITTEES

3. AF 927  
     
  RESPONDENT: Louisville & Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, Chris Bachelder, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $2,850 civil money penalty
     

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

4. AF 1084  
     
  RESPONDENT: Campaign for Americas Future, Stanley R. De Waal, treasurer
  REPORT: December Monthly 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $145 civil money penalty
     
5. AF 910  
     
  RESPONDENT: Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Charles A. Wolfe, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $3,100 civil money penalty
     
6. AF 1019  
     
  RESPONDENT: Local 617 COPE Committee, Minnie McElroy, treasurer
  REPORT: Year End 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $700 civil money penalty

(Reduced from $1,400 due to level of activity on report.)

     
7. AF 913  
     
  RESPONDENT: NEWSTAR PAC (FKA The New Century Federal PAC), J. Karen Butler, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $750 civil money penalty
     
8. AF 920  
     
  RESPONDENT: Select Milk Producers PAC, Renee Miles, treasurer
  REPORT: 30 Day Post-General 2002
  *LATE/NON-FILER: Late
  PENALTY: $2,250 civil money penalty

*Late filers are those committees filing reports after the due date, but within 30 days of the due date and/or filing election sensitive reports after due date, but prior to four days before election. Non-filers are committees that have either not filed a report or filed a report after the parameters outlined above.

 

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