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For Immediate Release
March 24, 2005
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINDED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON --The Federal Election Commission is releasing 13 more Administrative Fines cases with $34,487 in civil money penalties, bringing to 1,055 the number of cases made public with $1,421,660 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 1151

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Cowan for US Senate, Howard Wagner, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$250 civil money penalty(Reduced from $5,500 due to level of activity on report.)

 

 

 

2.

AF 1076

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Enzi for U.S. Senate, June V. Tope, treasurer

 

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2003

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$600 civil money penalty(Reduced from $1,000 due to recalculation of penalty because of change in the numbers of days late.)

 

 

 

3.

AF 1175

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Friends of John Conyers, M. Mickey Williams, treasurer

 

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$1,350 civil money penalty

     

4.

AF 667

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Joe Slovinec for Congress Campaign Committee, Joseph G. Slovinec, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$1,800 civil money penalty (not collected)[See J. Slovinec vs. FEC 03 CV 877]

 

 

 

5.

AF 1156

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Leticia Hinojosa for Congress, Kandii Meadows, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$250 civil money penalty(Reduced from $9,000 due to level of activity.)

     

6.

AF 1180

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Meeks for Congress, Joan E. Flowers, treasurer

 

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$4,500 civil money penalty

 

 

 

7.

AF 1177

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Obama for Illinois Inc., Harvey S. Wineberg, treasurer

 

REPORT:

48-Hour Reports - Illinois Primary Election 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

11,062 civil money penalty

     

8.

AF1134

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Sharpton 2004, Andrew A. Rivera, treasurer

 

REPORT:

April Monthly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$1,600 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

 

 

9.

AF 1138

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Sharpton 2004, Andrew A. Rivera, treasurer

 

REPORT:

May Monthly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$175 civil money penalty (not collected)

     

10.

AF 1152

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Stephanie Summers O’Neal for U.S. Congress, Deborah J. Thornton, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$4,375 civil money penalty (not collected)

 

 

 

11.

AF 1155

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Virgil Yanta for Congress, Karol K. Yanta, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$2,700 civil money penalty (not collected)

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES 

12.

AF 1096

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Local 13000 CWA AFL-CIO, Patricia A. Maisano, treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2003

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$4,550 civil money penalty

     

13.

AF 1165

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

RCG PAC, David Dill, treasurer

 

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$1,275 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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