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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2005
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON --The Federal Election Commission is releasing 4 more Administrative Fines cases with $18,710 in civil money penalties, bringing to 1,179 the number of cases made public with $1,627,257 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 1286

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Simon Pristoop for Congress Committee (FL/15), Stephen Ajhar, treasurer

 

REPORT:

30-Day Post General 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$195 civil money penalty

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

2.

AF 1338

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Campaign for Florida's Future (FKA Betty Castor for U.S. Senate (FL)), William R. Lewis, treasurer

 

REPORT:

48-Hour Reports - 2004 General Election

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

 

PENALTY:

$17,847 civil money penalty

     

3.

AF 1383

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Political Action Committee, Deborah J. Arvesen, treasurer

 

REPORT:

Year End 2004

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$118 civil money penalty

PARTY COMMITTEES

4.

AF 1410

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Monterey County Republican Central Committee Fed., Chris Steinbruner, treasurer

 

REPORT:

May Monthly 2005

 

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

 

PENALTY:

$550 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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