|WASHINGTON -- Michigan will be holding primary elections on August 6,
2002, to select candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
of the Federal Election Campaign Act require committees supporting candidates involved in
the primary to file reports of their financial activity 12 days before the election.
As of 5 p.m. , August 1, 2002, disclosure reports from the following committee had not
MI...RACZKOWSKI FOR SENATE...ROBERT A. BOVITZ, TREAS...ANDREW EDWARD
The report was to include financial activity occurring from July 1 through July 17. If
sent by certified or registered mail, the report should have been postmarked by July 22.
Otherwise, the due date was close-of-business July 25. Mandatory electronic filing
requirements became effective as of January 1, 2001. Any committee that receives
contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in the current calendar year, or
that reasonably expects to do so, must submit its reports electronically. These rules
became effective for reporting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
Some individuals and their committees have no obligation to file reports under federal
election law, even though their names may appear on state ballots. If an individual raises
or spends less than $5,000, he or she is not considered a "candidate" subject to
reporting under the FECA.
The FEC notified committees involved in the primary of their potential filing
requirements on July 1. Those committees which did not file on the due date were notified
on July 26 that reports had not been received and that their names would be published if
they did not respond within four business days.
Other political committees supporting Senate and House candidates in elections (those
which are not authorized units of a candidate's campaign) also are required to file
pre-primary 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 a new administrative fine program which will subject
committees to penalties ranging from $125 to $16,000 or more.
The next regularly scheduled disclosure reports for candidate committees will be the
October quarterly report, due October 15. It will cover activity from July 18 through
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