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For Immediate Release
July 14, 2005
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
ADR PROGRAM RESOLVES CASES

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is making public three cases resolved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. This brings to 180 the total number of cases released since the ADR program began October 2, 2000. The program's goal is to expedite resolution of some enforcement matters, reduce the cost of processing complaints, and enhance overall FEC enforcement. Closed ADR negotiated settlement summaries are available in the FEC's Press and Public Records offices.

For a case to be considered for ADR treatment, a respondent must express willingness to engage in the ADR process, agree to set aside the statute of limitations while the case is pending in the ADR Office, and agree to participate in bilateral negotiations and, if necessary, mediation.

Bilateral negotiations through ADR are oriented toward reaching an expedient resolution with a mutually agreeable settlement that is both satisfying to the respondent(s) and in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). Resolutions reached through direct and, when necessary, mediated negotiations are submitted to the Commissioners for final approval. If a resolution is not reached in bilateral negotiation, the case proceeds by mutual agreement to mediation. It should be noted that cases resolved through ADR are not precedential.

1. ADR 226  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

Nebraska Republican Party Federal Campaign Committee, Demarus Carlson, treasurer

  SOURCE: FEC Initiated (RAD)
  SUBJECT:

Failure to file accurate reports

  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT:

$10,000 civil penalty In order to avoid similar errors in the future, Respondents agree to set-up and maintain in the Committee’s offices a resource center to guide the Committee in complying with the requirements of the FECA; amend internal procedures to provide for an additional review of reports of the Committee’s financial activity prior to submittal to the Commission; and send a minimum of four officers and/or staff of the Committee to a FEC seminar on Federal election campaign reporting requirements, within 12 months of the effective date of this agreement.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 226 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.
     
2. ADR 250  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

Your Art Here, Inc., Owen Mundy, treasurer

  SOURCE:

MUR 5574: Paul Cauley

  SUBJECT: Disclaimer
  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT:

The ADR Office recommends the matter be dismissed and the Commission agrees to close the file.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 250 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.
     
3. ADR 259  
     
  RESPONDENTS:

Republican National Committee, Michael L. Retzer, treasurer

  SOURCE:

MUR 5602: Barbara J. Evans

  SUBJECT: Contribution in the name of another
  NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT:

The ADR Office recommends the matter be dismissed and the Commission agrees to close the file.

  DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD: Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 259 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FECs Public Records Office at 999 E St. NW in Washington.

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