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The Score Compliance Cases Made Public - FEC Press Release

For Immediate Release

News Releases, Media Advisories

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2001

Contact:

Kelly Huff
Ron Harris
Sharon Snyder
Ian Stirton

 

COMPLIANCE CASES MADE PUBLIC

 

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has recently made public its final action on 21 matters previously under review (MURs).  This release contains only summary information. Closed files should be thoroughly read for details, including the FEC’s legal analysis of the case. (See footnote at the end of this release.) Closed MUR files are available in the Public Records Office.

1.    
     
  RESPONDENT:

Philip R. Davis (MS)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

Referral by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, Election Crimes Branch, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (DC)

 

SUBJECT:

Fraudulent misrepresentation in campaign materials

 

DISPOSITION:

Reason to believe, but took no further action*

 

 

 

2.

MUR 5045

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) Patrick J. Buchanan (VA)

(b) Buchanan for President, Inc., Angela Buchanan, treasurer       (VA)

(c) Matching Funds, Inc. (MFI), Scott B. MacKenzie,   President (VA)  

 

COMPLAINANT:  

FEC Initiated (Audit)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to disclose outstanding debt; failure to collect and report contributor information (“best efforts”); spending in excess of candidate’s personal limit; excessive contributions

 

DISPOSITION:

(a) Conciliation Agreement: $15,000 civil penalty*

      [re: spending in excess of candidate’s personal limit]

(b) Conciliation Agreement: $35,000 civil penalty*

      [re: failure to disclose outstanding debt; failure to collect and report contributor information (“best efforts”)]

      Reason to believe, but took no further action*

      [re: excessive contributions]

(c) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

      [re: excessive contributions]

 

 

 

3.

MUR 5100

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

McCallion for Congress, Darrell L. Paster, treasurer (NY)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

National Republican Congressional Committee, Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel (DC)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to file disclosure report; failure to file 48-hour reports; unsecured loans/prohibited contributions

 

DISPOSITION:

Reason to believe, but took no further action*

[re: failure to file disclosure report]

No reason to believe*

[re: failure to file 48-hour reports; unsecured loans/prohibited contributions]

 

 

 

4.

MUR 5104

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) Honorable Timothy J. Roemer (IN)

(b) Hoosiers for Tim Roemer, Christine A. Lauber, treasurer       (IN)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

National Republican Congressional Committee, Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel

 

SUBJECT:

Use of official resources in connection with federal election/personal use of campaign funds

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-b) No reason to believe*

 

 

 

5.

MUR 5110

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) KBHK-TV (CA)

(b) The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. (VA)

 

COMPLAINANT:

David Blake (CA)

 

SUBJECT:

News story exemption

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-b) No reason to believe*

 

 

 

6.

MUR 5120

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)

(b) Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee, Inc.,       William J. Cunningham, treasurer (NY)

(c) The White House (DC)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Anne McDonald (NY)

 

SUBJECT:

Use of government mailing list in connection with federal election

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-c) No reason to believe*

 

 

 

7.

MUR 5148

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) Nebraska Republican State Central Committee, DeMarus       Carlson, treasurer (NE)

(b) Stenberg for Senate 2000, Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr. (NE)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

Anne Boyle, Chairperson, Nebraska Democratic Party (NE)

 

SUBJECT:

Disclaimer

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-b) Reason to believe, but took no further action*

         Sent admonishment letters.

 

 

 

8.

MUR 5151

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

New Jersey State Laborers’ PAC, Robert S. Garrison, treasurer (NJ)

 

COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to file disclosure report timely; failure to file amended Statement of Organization

 

DISPOSITION:

Conciliation Agreement: $3,950 civil penalty*

 

 

 

9.

MUR 5162

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a) CBS Corporation (NY)

(b) American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) (NY)

(c) Cable News Network (CNN) (GA)

 

COMPLAINANT:

George A. Young, Esquire (TX)

 

SUBJECT:

Election day media coverage

 

DISPOSITION:

(a-c) No reason to believe*

 

 

 

10.

MUR 5168

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

Local Union Drive No. 25, George W. Cashman, treasurer (MA)

 

COMPLAINANT:

FEC Initiated (RAD)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to file disclosure report timely

 

DISPOSITION:

Conciliation Agreement: $1,000 civil penalty*

 

 

 

The Enforcement Priority System (EPS) rates all incoming cases against objective criteria to determine whether they warrant use of the Commission’s limited resources.

Cases dismissed under EPS fall into two categories:  low-rated cases and stale cases.  Low rated cases are those that do not warrant use of the Commission’s resources to pursue because of their lower significance relative to other pending matters. Stale cases are those that initially received  a higher rating but have remained unassigned for a significant period due to a lack of staff resources for effective investigation.   Effective enforcement relies upon the timely pursuit of complaints and referrals to ensure compliance with the law.  Investigations concerning activity more remote in time usually require a greater commitment of resources, primarily due to the fact that the evidence of such activity becomes more difficult to develop as it ages.   The utility of commencing an investigation declines as these cases age, until they reach a point when activation of a case would not be an efficient use of the Commission’s resources.   As cases reach this point, they are recommended for dismissal.

 

 Dismissed -Low Rated

 

11.

MUR 5016

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Larry Graham (NY)

(b)  Larry Graham for Congress, Richard Laster, treasurer        (NY)

(c)  Progressive Management Associates, Inc. (NY)

 

COMPLAINANT:

John Hicks (NY)

 

SUBJECT:

Corporate contributions

 

 

 

12.

MUR 5053

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Honorable Calvin M. Dooley (CA)

(b)  Dooley for Congress, James Wise, treasurer (CA)

(c)  HCC Properties Ltd. (CA)

 

COMPLAINANTS:

Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)

 

SUBJECT:

Corporate contribution

 

 

 

13.

MUR 5056

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Eric E. Vickers (MO)

(b)  Citizens for Eric E. Vickers, Samuel Ansari, treasurer        (MO)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Paula Johnson (MO)

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to file disclosure reports timely; personal use of campaign funds

 

 

 

14.

MUR 5087

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  South Carolina Education Television (SCETV) (SC)

(b)  League of Women Voters of South Carolina (SC)

 

COMPLAINANT:

George C. Taylor

 

SUBJECT:

Failure to use pre-established objective criteria for participation in debates

 

 

 

15.

MUR 5091

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

Committee to Elect Patrick J. Buchanan, Angela M. Buchanan, treasurer (VA)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Ann E. Kolata (IN

 

SUBJECT:

Misreporting contribution

 

 

 

16.

MUR 5105

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:               

(a)  Curtis E. Clinesmith (TX)

(b)  Clinesmith for Congress, Karl Lynch, treasurer (TX)

 

COMPLAINANTS:           

Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)

 

SUBJECT:

Excessive contribution (in the form of a guaranteed loan); bank loan made outside the ordinary course of business

 

 

 

17.

MUR 5113

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Simmons for Congress, Anne Simeone, treasurer (CT)

(b)  Rob Simmons (CT)

(c)  American Legion, Department of Connecticut State        Headquarters (CT)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Michael E. Pohl (CT)

 

SUBJECT:

Disclaimer

 

 

 

18.

MUR 5118

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENT:

Aristotle International, Inc. (CA)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Michael Ravnitzky (NY)

 

SUBJECT:

Sale and/or use of contributor information for commercial purpose

 

 

 

19.

MUR 5126

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Mike Ross for Congress Committee, W. Herman Brown,        treasurer (AR)

(b)  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,        Howard Wolfson, treasurer (DC)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Donald F. McGahn, II, General Counsel, National Republican Congressional Committee (DC)

 

SUBJECT:

Excessive contribution

 

 

 

20.

MUR 5134

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Joseph Christopher Chocola (IN)

(b)  Chris Chocola for Congress, Inc., James R. Evans,        treasurer (IN)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Honorable Tim Roemer (IN)

 

SUBJECT:

Excessive contributions; raising money after an election when no debts existed

 

 

 

21.

MUR 5142

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONDENTS:

(a)  Republican National Committee - RNC, Alec Poitevint,        treasurer (DC)

(b)  Forbes, Inc. and Steve Forbes, President (NY)

(c)  Honorable Rick Lazio (NY)

(d) Lazio 2000, Inc. Anthony J. Picarillo, treasurer (NY)

(e)  Honorable Bob Barr (GA)

(f)  Swing States for a GOP White House (DC)

(g)  Conservative Leadership Political Action Committee,        Loren Smith, treasurer (VA)

(h) House Managers Political Action Committee, Gregory D.        Roney, treasurer (DC)

(i)   Alliance Defense Fund (AZ)

(j)   AmeriCares and Barbara Bush, Ambassador-At-Large        (CT)

(k)  Gilder Publishing (IA)

(l)   The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (NY)

(m)                  Archdiocese of New York (NY)

 

COMPLAINANT:

Tery Spataro (NY)

 

SUBJECT:

Use of contributor lists for solicitation

*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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