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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2006
Contact: Kelly Huff
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
George Smaragdis
COMMITTEES FINED FOR FILING REPORTS LATE
 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission is releasing seven more Administrative Fines cases with $39,600 in civil money penalties, bringing to 1,276 the number of cases made public with $1,719,328 in fines collected by the FEC since the program began in 2000. 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 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 1118

RESPONDENTS:

Christensen 4 Congress (TX/04), Laura Beskar, treasurer

REPORT:

April Quarterly 2004

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$4,500 civil money penalty (not collected)(Reduced from $8,000 due to level of activity on report.)

2.

AF 896

RESPONDENTS:

Cooksey for Senate (LA), Ron Stewart, treasurer(See John C. Cooksey v. FEC, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Case #04-1152)

REPORT:

30 Day Post-General 2002

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$8,000 civil money penalty (not collected)(Reduced from $9,500 due to level of activity on report.)

3.

AF 1182

RESPONDENTS:

Jack Davis for Congress (NY/26), Robert Davis, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2004

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$9,000 civil money penalty

4.

AF 1239

RESPONDENTS:

Jack Davis for Congress (NY/26), Robert Davis, treasurer

REPORT:

48 Hour Reports – 2004 General Election

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$8,950 civil money penalty

5.

AF 1431

RESPONDENTS:

James A. Garner Congressional Committee (NY/04), Louis M. Eustache, treasurer

REPORT:

October Quarterly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-Filer

PENALTY:

$9,000 civil money penalty (not collected)

6.

AF 1142

RESPONDENTS:

Jon Kyl for U.S. Senate (AZ), Clarence A. DeLong, treasurer

REPORT:

July Quarterly 2004

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

Take no further action

 

PARTY COMMITTEES

7.

AF 1437

RESPONDENTS:

Kern County Republican Central Committee (CA), Conni Bruni, treasurer

REPORT:

December Monthly 2005

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$150 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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