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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2005

 

Contact:
Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis

INTERNATIONAL MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS

PAY $151,000 CIVIL PENALTY

Washington -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) today announced a conciliation agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District Lodges 141, 141-M and 142, Local Lodge 1487, IAMAW’s PAC (MNPL) and the PAC’s treasurer, in which they agreed to pay a $151,000 civil penalty for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) by using union treasury funds to reimburse union member contributions to IAMAW’s PAC. 

Between 2000 and 2003, IAMAW District Lodges 141, 141-M and 142 and Local Lodge 1487 held at least twenty conventions and conferences in which delegates voted, according to longstanding practice, to donate their registration fees to IAMAW’s PAC, MNPL.  Many delegates from these lodges were reimbursed out of union treasury funds for their registration fees.  Additionally, IAMAW officers and MNPL representatives at each district and local lodge were aware that registrations fees were being contributed to MNPL.

            The Act prohibits unions from making contributions or expenditures from their general treasury funds in connection with any election of any candidate for federal office. Under the Act, it is illegal to reimburse any person for their contributions to any federal political committee.   Therefore, a union may not reimburse its members, directly or indirectly, for any contributions they make to a political committee.

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MUR 5386

RESPONDENTS:

(a)   IAMAW District Lodge 141 (AKA International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 141)

(b)   IAMAW District Lodge 141-M (AKA International     Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 141-M)

(c)   IAMAW District Lodge 142 (AKA International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 142)

(d)   IAMAW Local Lodge 1487

(e)   Machinists Non Partisan Political League, Warren Mart, treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

Mark Sassman

SUBJECT:

Contributions in the name of another; union contributions

DISPOSITION:

(a-e)     Conciliation Agreement: $151,000 civil penalty*

DOCUMENTS ON PUBLIC RECORD:

Documents from this matter are available from the Commission’s web site at http://www.fec.gov by entering 5386 under case number in the Enforcement Query System.  They are also available in the FEC’s 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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