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FEC Enforcement Statistics 1977-20171

(Updated September 14, 2017 to include data through August 31, 2017)

The following chart tracks the number of matters resolved, and the associated penalties, in the areas of FEC enforcement and alternative dispute resolution and the fines assessed each year under the Administrative Fines Program. The information for the current year is updated monthly. [PDF Version]

    Matters Under Review (MURs) Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Administrative Fines (AFs)
Fiscal
Year
Total Dollar Amount of All Closed Enforcement Matters Total
Matter Under Review (MUR) Cases Closed
Total
MURs w/Conciliation Agreement
Average Civil Penalty per MUR w/Conciliation Agreement Total MUR Civil Penalties Total Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Matters Closed2 Total
ADRs w/ Approved Settlements
Average Civil Penalty w/ Approved Settlements  Total
ADR Civil Penalties
Total Administrative Fine (AF) Cases Closed3 Total AF Cases w/Fines Average AF Amount Total
AF Penalties4
Total AF Amount by Two-Year Cycle5
2017 $1,580,055 144 19 $58,937 $1,119,800 20 14 $4,397 $61,555 189 166 $2,402 $389,700
$389,700
2016 $787,983 148 30 $19,848 $595,425 38 26 $2,262 $58,800 44 36 $3,716 $133,758
$423,931
2015 $777,821 88 14 $24,755 $346,569 49 37 $3,831 $141,079 191 162 $1,791 $290,173
2014 $597,429 132 16 $12,890 $206,235 72 60 $4,256 $255,381 60 54 $2,515 $135,813
$763,221
2013 $1,394,648 134 30 $24,346 $730,390 33 17 $2,168 $36,850 217 185 $3,391 $627,408
2012 $887,786 77 24 $26,226 $603,200 41 37 $3,828 $141,626 48 45 $3,177 $142,960
$770,368
2011 $1,007,739 145 18 $29,285 $527,125 25 19 $2,313 $43,950 333 294 $1,485 $436,664
2010 $822,537 135 16 $42,013 $672,200 45 40 $2,328 $93,100 47 42 $1,363 $57,237
$493,901
2009 $1,468,727 228 31 $26,035 $807,100 80 73 $2,718 $198,395 337 284 $1,631 $463,232
2008 $2,442,454 71 23 $103,698 $2,385,043 11 7 $3,221 $22,550 28 13 $2,682 $34,861
$498,093
2007 $4,511,834 165 55 $73,427 $4,038,478 71 45 $1,931 $86,900 274 246 $1,571 $386,456
2006 $5,918,133 126 30 $179,499 $5,563,069 61 44 $3,001 $132,049 91 82 $2,720 $223,015
$609,471
2005 $2,088,954 80 21 $68,014 $1,428,300 82 49 $3,026 $148,250 224 206 $2,487 $512,404
2004 $3,461,275 72 26 $115,811 $3,011,095 43 26 $2,669 $69,400 138 112 $3,400 $380,780
$893,184
2003 $2,995,466 86 41 $54,034 $2,215,375 61 32 $975 $31,200 403 378 $1,981 $748,891
2002 $1,180,079 91 41 $20,236 $829,688 28 17 $1,353 $23,000 122 108 $3,031 $327,391
$1,076,282
2001 $1,488,733 128 59 $15,132 $892,780 37 25 $1,286 $32,143 361 344 $1,639 $563,810
2000 $857,500 148 74 $11,588 $857,500
1999 $937,605 147 34 $27,577 $937,605
1998 $1,096,299 213 48 $22,840 1,096,299
1997 $875,052 236 46 $19,023 $875,052
1996 $1,239,152 220 51 $24,297 $1,239,152
1995 $1,999,350 260 77 $25,966 $1,999,350
1994 $909,054 (incomplete data) 64 $14,204 $909,054
1993 $572,599 115 54 $10,604 $572,599
1992 $466,903  (incomplete data) 128 $3,648 $466,903
1991 $430,112 (incomplete data) 161 $2,672 $430,112
1990 $227,900 (incomplete data) 132 $1,727 $227,900
1989 $428,124 145 137 $3,125 $428,124
1988 $271,730 190 159 $1,709 $271,730
1987 $301,765 182 125 $2,414 $301,765
1986 $210,200 167 120 $1,751 $210,200
1985 $170,285 268 169 $1,007 $170,285
1984 $71,850 106 56 $1,283 $71,850
1983 $110,200 123 47 $2,345 $110,200
1982 $237,370 109 44 $5,395 $237,370
1981 $65,200 175 63 $1,035 $65,200
1980 $129,550 219 60 $2,159 $129,550
1979 $80,130 380 72 $1,113 $80,130
1978 $75,725 237 44 $1,721 $75,725
1977 $8,695 160 7 $1,281 $8,695
                             

[1] As part of the upgrading of its information systems, the Commission has transferred historical enforcement matter information from an obsolete program to a modern database. Commission staff are continually reviewing historical files to verify the data entered for the years 1977- 1998. The information covering may be subject to modification as the data transfer is completed and verified.

[2] The ADR program started in October 2000.

[3] The AF program started in July 2000.

[4] A large proportion of Reason to Believe findings in Administrative Fine cases are made in connection with the reporting requirements surrounding the general election and the Year-End Report to close out the two-year election cycle. While the end of the election cycle falls at the end of the even-numbered calendar year, it falls in the first quarter of the odd-numbered fiscal year.

[5] AF Two-Year Total column, reflecting the sum of two fiscal years: 2001-2, 2003-4, 2005-6, 2007-8, 2009-10, 2011-12, and 2013-14.

Enforcement Priority System (EPS) Dismissals by Fiscal Year and Current Quarter to Date

Fiscal Year EPS Closed Matters
2017
Q1
13
Q2 27
Q3
18
Q4
Fiscal Year Total 58

Enforcement Matters Opened and Closed by Fiscal Year and Current Quarter to Date, Average Number of Days to Close a Matter, and Total Civil Penalties Assessed

Fiscal Year Total Matter Under Review (MUR) Cases Closed Average Number of Days (MUR) Open to Close Total Matters Opened Total MURs w/Conciliation Agreement Average Civil Penalty per MUR w/Conciliation Agreement Total MUR Civil Penalties
2017
Q1 35 479 67 3 $11,500 $34,500
Q2 30 480 28 5 $10,100 $50,500
Q3 48 460 29 5 $10,700 $535,000
Q4