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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2005
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on a two matters previously under review (MURs). This release contains only disposition information.

1. MUR 5393  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

(a)   Magla Products LLC

(b)   Jordan Glatt, President, Magla Products LLC

(c)   Union County Democratic Committee, Joseph Bodek,treasurer

(d)  New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Joseph P. Cryan, treasurer

(e)  Carden for Congress, Miriam Mitchell, treasurer
  COMPLAINANT:

Dorothy Burger, Vice Chairwoman, Summit City Republican Committee

  SUBJECT: Excessive contributions; corporate contributions; failure to accurately report contributions
  DISPOSITION:

(a-e)   No reason to believe*

          [re: any violation of the Act in connection with this matter]

         The complainant alleged that Magla Products LLC and its president, Jordan Glatt made a total of $20,600 in contributions to the Carden for Congress Committee through two conduit party committees. The Commission found there was no reason to believe any violation occurred.

           
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from these matters are available from the Commission's web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5393 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     
2. MUR 5396  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

(a)   Bauer for President 2000, Inc., Francis P. Cannon, treasurer

(b)   Campaign for Working Families PAC, Amy R. Myers, treasurer

(c)   America Direct, Inc.

(d)  Moore Response Marketing Services

(e)   RST Marketing Associates, Inc.

(f)   Lukens Cook Company
  COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated (Audit)

  SUBJECT: Corporate contributions (corporate extension of credit); excessive in-kind contributions
  DISPOSITION:

(a)      Conciliation Agreement: $31,000 civil penalty*

          [re: corporate contributions (corporate extension of credit); excessive in-kind contributions]

(b)      Conciliation Agreement: $15,000 civil penalty*

          [re: excessive in-kind contributions]

(c-e)   Reason to believe, but took no further action*

          [re: corporate contributions]

(f)       No reason to believe*

          [re: corporate contributions]

            MUR 5396 was generated from a Commission audit of the Bauer for President 2000 committee. The audit found the Committee received impermissible contributions which included an excessive contribution in the form of a mailing list exchange; a prohibited contribution from the rental of the Committee’s mailing list; an excessive contribution resulting from the purchase of assets by the Committee; and prohibited contributions from corporate vendors for improperly extending credit to the Committee. The Commission found reason to believe against three of the corporate vendors but decided to take no further action.  The Commission found no reason to believe against Lukens Cook Company with respect to the rental of the Committee’s donor list at a commercially reasonable rate.
  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from these matters are available from the Commission's web site at http://eqs.sdrdc.com/eqs/searcheqs by entering 5396 under case number. They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

     

*There are four administrative stages to the FEC enforcement process:

1. Receipt of proper complaint 3. "Probable cause" stage
2. "Reason to believe" stage 4. Conciliation stage

It requires the votes of at least four of the six Commissioners to take any action. The FEC can close a case at any point after reviewing a complaint. If a violation is found and conciliation cannot be reached, then the FEC can institute a civil court action against a respondent.

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