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For Immediate Release

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Judith Ingram

March 16, 2012

Julia Queen
  Christian Hilland

FEC Cites Committees for Failure to File 12-Day Pre-Primary Financial Report

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission cited two campaign committees today for failing to file the 12-Day Pre-Primary Election Report required by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as revised (the Act), for Illinois’ primary election that is being held on March 20, 2012.

As of March 8, 2012, the required disclosure report had not been received from:

  • Greg Aguilar for Congress (IL-17)
  • Citizens for Ray Lodato (IL-1)

The report was due on March 8, 2012, and should have included financial activity for the period January 1, 2012, through February 29, 2012. If sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by March 5, 2012.

Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal campaign finance law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to reporting under the Act.

The Commission notified committees involved in the Illinois primary election of their potential filing requirements on February 13, 2012. Those committees that did not file on the due date were sent notification on March 9, 2012 that their reports had not been received and that their names would be published if they did not respond within four business days.

Other political committees that support Senate and House candidates in elections, but are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign, are also required to file quarterly reports, unless they report monthly. Those committee names are not published by the FEC.

Further Commission action against non-filers and late filers is decided on a case-by-case basis. Federal law gives the FEC broad authority to initiate enforcement actions, and the FEC has implemented an Administrative Fine program with provisions for assessing monetary penalties.

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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