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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2004

Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis

CAMPAIGNS FAIL TO FILE OCTOBER QUARTERLY REPORT

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission today cited nine campaigns for failure to file the required October Quarterly financial disclosure report covering activity through September 30.

  As of 5 p.m. , October 28, 2004 disclosure reports from the following committees had not been filed:

NY…...   HONEST ABE HIRSCHFELD FOR UNITED STATES SENATE…GEORGE L.

  ESPADA, TREAS…ABRAHAM HIRSCHFELD…REP

NY…...   O'GRADY FOR SENATE…DONALC D. DERHAM, TREAS…MARILYN F.

  O'GRADY…REP

 

CA/28….   DAVID R. HERNANDEZ JR FOR CONGRESS…DAVID R. HERNANDEZ JR.,

  TREAS… DAVID R. HERNANDEZ JR…REP

CA/49….   BYRON FOR CONGRESS…RAMONA BYRON, TREAS…MICHAEL

  BYRON…DEM

FL/08…..    MURRAY FOR CONGRESS…STEPHEN MURRAY, TREAS…STEPHEN T.

  MURRAY…DEM

*MA/04…MORSE FOR CONGRESS 2004…CHARLES A. MORSE, TREAS…CHARLES A.

  MORSE…REP

*NC/12… ADA M. FISCHER FOR CONGRESS…LANGSTON WELCH, TREAS… ADA M.

  FISHER…REP

NY/28….   LABA FOR CONGRESS…DIMITRIOS MANOU, TREAS…MICHAEL D.

  LABA…REP

TX/24….   GARY R. PAGE FOR CONGRESS…CAROL A. MIELKE, TREAS…GARY R.

  PAGE…DEM

  The report was due October 15, 2004 and should have included financial activity for the period July 1, 2004 , or later for those involved in late primaries, through September 30, 2004 . If sent by certified, registered or overnight mail, the reports should have been postmarked by October 15. Mandatory electronic filing requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001 . Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001 .

  Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the FECA.

  The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing requirements on September 20. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified on October 22 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

  Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file pre-primary reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

  Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers falls under the Administrative Fine Program. Political committees and treasurers who fail to file their reports on time may be subject to civil money penalties ranging from $30 to $16,000 (or more for repeat late- and non-filers).

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*   A paper copy of the October Quarterly Report has been filed. However, the committee was required to file their report electronically.