TerriPAC Site Back Online, FEC Again Targets Terri Schiavo’s Husband

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 19, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

TerriPAC Site Back Online, FEC Again Targets Terri Schiavo’s Husband Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 19,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The web site of Michael Schiavo’s political action committee, TerriPAC, is back online after an absence of over a week. However, the Federal Elections Commission, which already fined the PAC $1,350, has written another letter to the organization saying its reports contain inaccurate and incomplete information.

After ordering her painful two-week-long starvation and dehydration death in March 2005, Michael Schiavo created the PAC to target pro-life lawmakers who tried to stop him from killing her.

As LifeNews.com reported on August 13, the TerriPAC web site was not online and attempts to reach it landed at a leading web domain registration company. The company’s page for TerriPAC said the web site was offline pending deletion or transfer.

The disappearance appears to be a case of TerriPAC failing to pay for its domain renewal on time.

The registrar initially indicated the web site registration was set to expire on August 7, 2007, but it now indicates the registration is good through the same date in 2009.

Derek Newton is the administrative contact for the web site. He is affiliated with a Florida Democratic political consulting company called the November Group that TerriPAC has sent thousands of dollars to for organizational support.

Michael created TerriPAC with his brother Brian Schiavo and, since its creation, it has frequently run afoul of the federal agency by failing to file its campaign finance reports on time or include all of the necessary information.

In July, the FEC assessed TerriPAC a $1,350 civil money penalty. According to records from the FEC obtained by LifeNews.com, the elections monitoring agency said, "this civil money penalty has been paid."

Although the political action committee paid the fine, the FEC is again going after the group for filing incomplete financial reports.

The agency sent TerriPAC a letter on August 10 concerning its April report and it requests a response with more accurate information by September 10. The FEC tells the PAC that a failure to respond will invite "an audit or enforcement action."

According to the FEC letter, TerriPAC failed to itemize all contributions greater than $200, did not adequately detail its expenses on polling and research and whether they were done for specific candidates, and did not specific whether some fundraising was conducted for the PAC or for a specific candidate.

"Adequate responses must be received by the [FEC] on or before the due date noted above to be taken into consideration in determining whether audit action will be initiated," the letter says.

TerriPAC filed a July quarterly report saying it has $35,353.75 on hand and that it took in $2150.01 over the last quarter.

The report shows TerriPAC sent Newburgh, Indiana-based Indigo Design checks in April and May totaling about $425 for web site design work.

While Schiavo has engaged in politics, Terri’s parents and family have worked full-time for their foundation which seeks to help disabled patients and their families obtain appropriate health care and treatment.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org