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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

June 25, 2009

Julia Queen

  Christian Hilland

* Revised release

FEC TAKES FINAL ACTION ON SIX CASES

WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission recently made public its final action on six matters under review (MURs). In two matters, respondents agreed to pay civil penalties of $25,000 and $6,000. The Commission found no reason to believe a violation occurred in another matter, and dismissed one case. The Commission closed the file in two matters.

Under the law, the FEC must attempt to resolve its enforcement cases, or MURs, through a confidential investigative process that may lead to a negotiated conciliation agreement between the Commission and the individual or group.Additional information regarding MURs can be found on the FEC web site at http://www.fec.gov/em/mur.shtml.

This release contains only summary information.For additional details, please consult publicly available documents for each case in the Enforcement Query System (EQS) on the FEC web site at http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs.

MUR 5947

RESPONDENTS:

Poe for Congress and Lisa Lisker as Treasurer

COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated

SUBJECT:

In the normal course of carrying out its supervisory responsibilities, the Commission found that the Committee and Lisker, in her official capacity as treasurer, may have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the Act) by misstating receipts, disbursements, and ending cash on hand balances. Lisker was not treasurer at the time of the violations. Ted Poe was a candidate for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found reason to believe the Committee violated the law as detailed above. In a conciliation agreement, Poe for Congress agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000.

MUR 6186

RESPONDENT:

Mark Leggio

COMPLAINANT:

Self-Reported

SUBJECT:

Leggio, an auto dealership co-owner, reported to the Commission that he had reimbursed contributions made to federal candidates by his employees, thereby violating the provision of the Act that prohibits making a contribution in the name of another person. In doing so, Leggio made contributions to the candidates that exceeded the allowable individual contribution limit under the Act.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found reason to believe Leggio violated the Act as detailed above. In a conciliation agreement, Leggio agreed to pay a civil penalty of $6,000.

MUR 6099

RESPONDENTS:

Page for Missouri and Barbara Hoffman, in her official capacity as treasurer; Waverley Glen Systems Ltd.; and Sam Page

COMPLAINANT:

Todd P. Graves

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Page, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives who was running for the state’s Lieutenant Governorship, violated the Act by knowingly and willfully accepting a campaign contribution from a foreign company.

OUTCOME:

The Commission found no reason to believe Page for Missouri, Hoffman, Waverley Glen Systems Ltd. or Page violated the Act because the contribution apparently was made by a domestic subsidiary of the foreign corporation, the contribution was not derived from the foreign corporation’s funds, and no foreign national had any decision-making authority concerning the making of the contribution.

MUR 6070

RESPONDENTS:

Lyle Larson for Congress and Ernesto Ancira as Treasurer; and Lyle Larson

COMPLAINANT:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that Lyle Larson for Congress, Larson and Ancira, in his official capacity as treasurer, failed to include a written disclaimer on a television commercial indicating the candidate had approved the ad.

OUTCOME:

The Commission exercised its prosecutorial discretion and dismissed the matter in light of the Committee’s swift corrective action.

MUR 6094

RESPONDENT:

American Leadership Project

COMPLAINANT:

Democracy 21

SUBJECT:

The complaint alleged that the American Leadership Project, a 527 organization, violated the Act by failing to register with the FEC as a political committee after receiving contributions and making expenditures in excess of $1,000 to influence federal elections. The complaint also alleged that the American Leadership Project had failed to report its receipts and expenditures, and knowingly accepted prohibited contributions from corporations and contributions in excess of the allowable limits under the Act.

OUTCOME:

The Commission closed the file.

MUR 6082

RESPONDENT:

Majority Action

COMPLAINANTS:

National Republican Congressional Committee; Democracy 21; and Campaign Legal Center

SUBJECT:

The complaints alleged that Majority Action, a 527 organization with the purported major purpose of influencing candidate elections, violated the Act by failing to register with the FEC as a political committee and accepting excessive contributions and contributions from prohibited sources.

OUTCOME:

The Commission closed the file.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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