Agenda Item
Docket No. 17-1055
Request that the Board waive the $2,500 campaign finance late fee assessed against Johnese Smith, in her capacity as a candidate for Mayor, City of New Orleans, in the October 14, 2017 election, whose 90-P campaign finance disclosure report was filed 53 days late.
Johnese Smith states that she did file her personal disclosure statement on July 17, 2017, three days from the day that the Notice of Candidacy was filed with the Clerk of Court. She states she did not understand that she was also required to file the 90-P form which discloses contributions, loans and expenditures. Out of inexperience, she states she thought this form only applied to candidates who have been elected to public office. She states that she now has some understanding as to how the reporting works. She is asking to please waive these fees because they would in fact cause her financial hardship.

ELECTION: October 14, 2017
TYPES OF REPORT: 90-P report
REPORTS DUE: July 17, 2017
REPORTS FILED: September 8, 2017
ACTIVITY REPORTED: $-0 in Receipts, $-0 in Disbursements, and $-0 in Funds on Hand at Close

18:1505.4.A(1) Any candidate, the treasurer or chairman of a political committee, or any other person required to file any reports under this Chapter, who knowingly fails to file or who knowingly fails to timely file any such reports as are required by this Chapter may be assessed a civil penalty for each day until such report is filed.

18:1495.4D(1) If the final report of a candidate for an election, as required by Paragraph (5), (6), or (7)of Subsection B of this Section, shows a deficit or a surplus, the candidate and his treasurer, if any, shall file supplemental reports with the supervisory committee of all information required in R.S. 18:1495.5. Such reports shall be filed annually no later than February fifteenth and shall be complete through the preceding December thirty-first. Such a supplemental report shall be filed each year until a report has been filed which shows no deficit and until any surplus campaign funds have been disposed of in accordance with R.S. 18:1505.2(I). The report on surplus funds shall disclose the disbursement of such funds in the same manner as expenditures are reported.

Suspend all but $300 based on future compliance. The late fee must be paid within 30 days or the suspended portion becomes due and owing.
Assigned Attorney: Jennifer Land
2017-1055 Waiver Request
2017-1055- Request for appearance November Meeting