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For Immediate Release                                                                               Contact:  Bob Biersack
March 5, 2007                                                                                                          George Smaragdis
                                                                                                                               Michelle Ryan

FEC FINES NINE COMMITTEES FOR FILING REPORTS AFTER DEADLINES

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has fined nine political committees for a total of $10,805 in civil penalties through its Administrative Fines Program, bringing to 1,342 and $1,838,171 the total number of cases and fines collected by the FEC since the program began in 2000.

      The Administrative Fine Program has a two-fold 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 are 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)  receive higher penalties.  Closed Administrative Fines case files are available in the FEC’s Press and Public Records offices.

CANDIDATE COMMITTEES

1.

AF 549

RESPONDENTS:

Committee to Elect Bill Sinnott (MA/09), William A. Lovely, treasurer

REPORT:

 Year End 2001

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$ 1,800 civil money penalty (paid)

2.

AF 1524

RESPONDENTS:

Kim Clark for Congress (MI/06), William Kast, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$220 civil money penalty (paid)

 

3.

AF 1525

RESPONDENTS:

Wegner for Congress (NV/01), Jeanne Schneider, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$160 civil money penalty (paid)

4.

AF 1526

RESPONDENTS:

Hastings for Congress (FL/23), Tomas Eduardo McIntosh, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$975 civil money penalty (paid)

5.

AF 1527

RESPONDENTS:

Ned Lamont for Senate (CT), John Hartwell, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Convention 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$4,400 civil money penalty (paid)

6.

AF 1532

RESPONDENTS:

Louise Slaughter Re-Election Committee (NY/28), Bonnie Callaghan, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$450 civil money penalty (paid)

7.

AF 1534

RESPONDENTS:

Serrano for Congress (NY/16), Michael Winicki, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$900 civil money penalty (paid)

8.

AF 1535

RESPONDENTS:

Zanzi For Congress (NY/01), Ryan Adrian Morfin, treasurer

REPORT:

12 Day Pre-Primary 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Late

PENALTY:

$1,400 civil money penalty (paid)

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

9.

AF 1536

RESPONDENTS:

Allegheny Energy, Inc. Federal Action Committee (Allegheny PowerPAC – Federal), Michael T. Kriner, treasurer

REPORT:

September Monthly 2006

*LATE/NON-FILER:

Non-filer

PENALTY:

$500 civil money penalty (paid)

*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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