PAC Pays $60K Penalty for Lack of Disclosure

Officials of the Amer. Fedtn. of State, County & Municipal Employees on Sept. 19 paid a $60,000 penalty to the Fed. Election Commission (FEC) for failing to disclose spending by their political action cmte. (PAC) on non-federal campaigns.

From 1995 through 2000, the PAC, Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality (PEOPLE) failed to disclose $10,092,568 in transfers from its accounts for federal campaigns to those set aside for state and local races, thus falsely inflating their claims of how much cash they had on hand. In Oct. 2000, PAC officials notified the FEC of the false reporting, and eventually corrected their reports from January 1995 to Sept. 2000. After receiving the penalty payment , the FEC voted unanimously on Sept. 25 to conclude the case. [FEC MUR 5270, 9/25/02]