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Sullivan FEC Audit

A Federal Election Commission audit of Rep. John Sullivan’s (R-Okla.) campaign for the period surrounding his special election in January 2002 revealed the campaign received excessive contributions and misstated its financial activity. [IMGCAP(1)]

The Sullivan campaign accepted $4,500 in excessive contributions from the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Business Development Fund, according to the final FEC audit report released this week. The amount was refunded in February 2002.

The campaign also understated its receipts by $19,144, the FEC found, and the campaign committee subsequently amended its reports. The understatement was the result of unreported individual contributions in the amount of $14,800, and other various accounting errors.

Saving Pfc. Lynch. Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) plan to introduce a resolution today to pay tribute to the Iraqi man named Mohammed whose “selfless acts of bravery played a critical role” in the rescue of Jessica Lynch.

“It was Mohammed who found Pfc. Lynch lying injured in the hospital, comforted her, sought out the Marines, and supplied our forces with invaluable intelligence,” Cunningham and Capps wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter touting their proposed resolution, which already has 18 co-sponsors.

Watching Out for Refugees. The United Nations high commissioner for refugees will honor Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), co-chairmen of the newly formed Bipartisan Congressional Refugee Caucus, at 1 p.m. today in a reception in Room 2337 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Congressional quartet will be joined by UNHCR Regional Representative Guenet Guebre-Christos, as well as other members of the caucus.

Ogilvie Memorial. A memorial service for Mary Jane Ogilvie, the wife of retired Senate Chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie, is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Hollywood, Calif., Presbyterian church that Ogilvie led from 1972 until 1995.

Mary Jane Ogilvie died last week in California following a year-long hospitalization for acute respiratory illness in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to the Barlow Respiratory Hospital Foundation, 2000 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026, or to the Foundation for Thoracic Surgery and Research, 8635 W. Third St., Room 975, West Los Angeles, CA 90048.

— Amy Keller and Bree Hocking

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