June 29, 2005

Further details of Evans agreement

From Quad Cities Online...
The Friends of Lane Evans will pay the Federal Election Commission $185,000 in a consent judgment filed this week in federal court.

The agreement will let the defendants settle the case without admitting or denying the allegations made in the suit.

The FEC filed the lawsuit in January 2004 in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, against the Friends of Lane Evans and its treasurer, Samuel M. Gilman; the 17th District Victory Fund and its treasurer; and the Rock Island Central Democratic Committee and its treasurer, John A. Gianulis.

The suit was filed after the Rock Island County Republican Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in 2000 regarding the 17th District Victory Fund. The complaint included 17 causes of action relating to the 1998 and 2000 election campaigns when Rep. Evans, D-Rock Island, defeated challenger Mark Baker.

The agreement calls for the Friends of Lane Evans to pay $50,000 within 30 days and nine equal payments of $15,000 every 30 days after until the full amount is paid, the judgment states.

The Rock Island Democratic Central committee will pay $30,000 within 30 days and the 17th District Victory Fund will pay all funds remaining in its accounts as of June 9 -- the day the parties agreed to a stipulation for consent judgment.

The agreement calls for the 17th District Victory Fund to end its status as a federally registered political committee after it has paid the FEC.

A jury trial in the case was set for Sept. 12, but, according to the stipulation, the defendants agreed to the consent judgment to avoid more legal expenses.

In a statement Monday, Rep. Evans' office called the Republican Party's complaint a "political witch hunt." It claimed the 17th District Victory Fund did nothing wrong and was created to help counteract large amounts of money the Republican Party was using to try to defeat the congressman.

The Rock Island County Republican Party "wanted to do in a courtroom what it could not do at the ballot box," the statement said. "We agreed to settle this matter because it wasn't worth the time and money it would take to conclude it in court."

Tom Getz, chairman of the Rock Island County Republican Party, said he was satisfied with the judgment and doesn't think the defendants would have agreed to settle if they thought they were innocent of the FEC allegations.

He noted Mr. Baker nearly beat Rep. Evans in the 1998 election and thinks things could have been different if the alleged violations hadn't occurred.

"We think we would have won the election if it wasn't for the fraudulent activities of the Lane Evans committees," he said.

The FEC claimed the 17th District Victory Fund is an "alter ego" of the congressman's campaign committee that took donations and spent money to directly benefit the campaign. Donations to that fund would have violated statutory limits on campaign contributions if they were made directly to the Evans' campaign.

It also claimed that Mr. Evans' campaign committee and Victory Fund were intertwined and that the Victory Fund didn't have a charter, members or regular meetings, according to the complaint.

The Rock Island Democratic Central Committee was accused of making in-kind contributions to Mr. Evans' campaign using prohibited sources. The suit claimed Mr. Gianulis failed to make disclosures detailing those expenditures.


At 6/29/2005 11:26 AM, Blogger diehard said...

As I said in the other blog. john Ganulis cannot concentrate on anything that does not benefit john Ganulis.
He gets a huge state job and lots of credit whenever a Democrat gets elected.
The fact is this area has trended Democrat in spite of him.
Evans was elected to congress because of the Paula Parkinson scadal that Tom Railback was entangeled in.plus Railsback's involvment in the Watergate investigation riled his republican base.
the evans orginazation was able to capitalize on his win and expand the party in this area.
mainly by talking about and to Veterans and performing excellent constituant service.
the rest is history!

At 6/29/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger shamalamadingdong21 said...

Diehard or is it Blowhard, I actually read the FEC's complaint against the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee. I will help you understand, as well as anyone else who cares, what their involvement was. At the time of the alleged infractions John G. was not even the treasurer of the committee.

The committee took out a newspaper ad to Get Out The Vote for all of the Rock Island County Democrats. The ad included Lane Evans. The FEC claimed that Cong. Evans was featured more prominantly in this ad than the other candidates. It was a big ad and therefore expensive. The FEC determined that this ad was not a local GOTV ad as intended, but was an in kind contribution to Lane Evans.

Now here is where the bootstrapping argument begins. Since the ad was an in kind contribution AND it's value was over $1000, the committee who purchased the ad must be registered as a federal campaign committee, AND the money spent on the ad must have been raised in compliance with ALL federal campaign laws AND money so raised must be documented to prove that money spent in support of a federal candidate was raised within those laws. Oh, and if you are now a federal committee you have to file reports, etc.

So a local committee, supporting our local candidates, with local money, creates a newspaper ad and urges people to vote for Lane Evans, which is within the rules, is determined to violate the rules because Cong. Evans, according to the FEC was featured too prominantly in the ad. If this interpretation is changed, then absolutley ZERO federal paperwork needed to be filed by the Rock Island Democratic Central Committee and absolutely NO federal campaign law even had the appearance of being broken.

The Rock Island Committee did not file federal paperwork because they were a local committee and had no intention of becoming or acting like a federal committee.

The $30,000 settlement paid by the Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee is probably only a third of what it would have cost them to prove their innocence of this frivolously filed claim. The charges should have been dropped, but between Mr. Gianulis' unwavering support and loyalty to Cong. Evans and the overzealousness of the FEC prosecutors to keep the cases together, this paltry 30K settlement was a huge Victory and now we can close the chapter and move on.

At 6/29/2005 7:47 PM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

lying liars and the lies they tell...way to go demos. you know poor tom railsback used the house bank for his personal use, and got booted. lane evans, his campaign staff, local dems whomever are just as guilty of shennanigans as railsback... you hide money in decatur, and funnel to lane. Dope- didnt i point this story out over a month ago that the verdict was coming down the pike? and you dems knew so you plead it out.lane, you cheated, you got caught, why are all you demos shriveling cowards? hasnt anyone in your party have the balls to run?

At 6/29/2005 9:20 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

Republican Joe - that might be the funniest post I've read in a long time! Dems as the "lying liars"? Your fearless (or should I say clueless)leader can't open his mouth without lying, even on the world stage. Your House majority leader is guilty of the most blatant abuses of accepting illegal gifts and campaign contributions in recent memory. The Speaker of the House claims he can make a medical diagnosis based on watching a video clip. Karl Rove is a raving lunatic who claims liberals want to offer comfort to terrorists. I could go on forever!

Evans is here to stay. There won't be any chump challenger that even gives him a decent battle. And when he decides to step down, the next Dem, whoever that might be, will use Andrea Zinga, Mark Baker, or anyone else as a punching bag, and I look forward to it.

At 6/29/2005 9:22 PM, Blogger texas QCer said...

Oops! I meant Senate majority leader - you know who I mean. See what happens when you get all riled up? (Heap on the abuse...I can take it).

At 6/29/2005 10:13 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

Hey Republican Joe -

What's your position on Tom DeLay?
Should he resign?

At 6/30/2005 5:44 AM, Blogger RepublicanJoe said...

yea delay should resign. so should lane. lane evans campaign staff has committed these "oversights" for years, and never had to pay the piper. mark baker points this out and evans denies it, some 8 years ago. that's a lie in my book. you have a prop up there in the 17th, and he needs to go. just another reason.

At 6/30/2005 9:06 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

Do you guys know about the republican's press conference yesterday? what's everyone's take on a possible civil suit from Baker?

At 6/30/2005 9:06 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

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At 6/30/2005 11:26 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Who are you John G the 3? Oh maybe John got you a state job, maybe even in the Senate?
as for the Tresurer Gillman all he did was sign the checks he had no clue as to what was going on.
I agree with you ding dong the charges against Evans are unfounded. It's Ganulis's unwavering support Im just not sure about.

At 6/30/2005 12:54 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

As usual, partisan Republicans who seem to despise Lane Evans can't let this die. Come on. Lane and the RI Dems made mistakes, they were sloppy, they are now standing up to the plate to pay a fine. That's what they should do.

Someone told me that the late great Paul Simon was hit with a $750,000 fine by the FEC and he was a good guy. Mistakes are made in this business. The regulations are very complex.

At 6/30/2005 7:27 PM, Blogger illinoisone said...

YoungDem, You know we could examine everyday businesses and find them in violation of stuff all the time and see the fines they pay but would we then tell them to pack up and go home. I think not. They continue their business and move on in life. They don't quit over fines or mistakes.

We are all human and not perfect - even our elected officials - golly.

What I find interesting is that the settlement stated that neither side would admit to any wrongdoing or discuss it and then pay the fines. IT was supposed to be over.

Now the Republicans just can't resist pounding that drum over and over again. Someone should have given them a gag order or something.

This is a sickening abuse by the Republican Chair of his cozy relationship with the Republican owner of the Dispatch.


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