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For Immediate Release
September 7, 2004
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON --The Federal Election Commission is releasing 10 more Administrative Fines cases with $13,750 in civil money penalties, bringing to 983 the number of cases made public with $1,328,637 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 1047

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Friends of Byron Dorgan, B. Timothy Durick, treasurer

 

REPORT:

April Quarterly 2003

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

Dismissed(Misinformation received by the committee from the U. S. Postal Service led to report being filed late with the office of the Secretary of Senate.)

     

2.

AF 977

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee, John H. Gross, treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$2,100 civil money penalty(Reduced from $2,700 due to recalculation of penalty because of change in the number of days late.)

     

3.

AF 975

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Friends of Kent Conrad, Pat Ness, treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

Dismissed(Misinformation received by the committee from the U. S. Postal Service led to report being filed late with the office of the Secretary of Senate.)

 

 

 

4.

AF 1048

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Friends of Kent Conrad, Pat Ness, treasurer

 

REPORT:

April Quarterly 2003

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

Dismissed(Misinformation received by the committee from the U. S. Postal Service led to report being filed late with the office of the Secretary of Senate.)

 

 

 

5.

AF 972

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Jim Moore for the United States Senate, Eric C. Thayer, treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$175 civil money penalty (Reduced from $350 due to recalculation of penalty because of change in the number of days late.)

     

6.

AF 1046

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

John Breaux Committee, Carol I. Speer, treasurer

 

REPORT:

April Quarterly

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

Dismissed(Misinformation received by the committee from the U. S. Postal Service led to report being filed late with the office of the Secretary of Senate.)

7.

AF 885

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Perkins for Senate, William R. Burt, treasurer

 

REPORT:

30 Day Post-General 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$3,200 civil money penalty

 

 

 

8.

AF 1093

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Stace Williams for US Congress, Charles W. Darter, Jr., treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2003

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$5,625 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

 

 

PARTY COMMITTEES 

9.

AF

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Massachusetts Green Party Federal Fund (NKA Green-Rainbow Party Federal Fund), Daniel Melnechuk, treasurer

 

REPORT:

30 Day Post-General 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$850 civil money penalty(Reduced from $1,062 due to recalculation because of prior violation factor)

 

 

 

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES 

10.

AF 941

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Composition Roofers Local Union #30 Political Action & Education Fund, Tom Pedrick, treasurer

 

REPORT:

30 Day Post-General 2002

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

 

 

 

*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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