Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-187
Request that the Board waive the $420, $540, $480 and $660 campaign finance late fees assessed against Ricky J. Gonsoulin, a candidate for State Representative, 48th District in the October 12, 2019 election, whose 10-G, 40-G and 2 Special campaign finance disclosure reports were filed 7, 9, 8 and 11 days late, respectively.
Ricky J. Gonsoulin requests a waiver and states the following:

He did all the reporting himself due to the cost of outside services that would be required to provide these reports. During the campaign, his family had a tragic death in the family which caused difficult times. He and his brother are partners in a 3,000 acre family farm in Iberia parish and the workload was shifted all on his shoulders during harvest season and campaign. He overlooked the deadlines. In the past reporting periods, he has meet all deadlines and intends to in his future required reports.

ELECTION: October 12, 2019
TYPES OF REPORT: 10-G, 40-G, Special & Special
DAYS LATE: 7, 9, 8 and 11
ASSESSED FEE: $420, $540, $480 and $660
REPORTS DUE: November 6, 2019, December 27, 2019, October 3, 2019 and September 30, 2019
REPORTS FILED: November 13, 2019, January 5, 2020, October 11, 2019 and October 11, 2019

ACTIVITY REPORT: 10-G: $2,070.00 Receipts; $6,988.60 Expenditures; $48,803.32 Funds on Hand at the Close of Reporting Period.

40-G: $12,921.19 in Receipts; $49,395.22 in Expenditures; $9,659.29 Funds on Hand at Close of Reporting Period

Special (8 Days): 9/30/2019 Contributions of $2500 and $1000

Special (11 Days): 9/25/2019 Contribution of $1000


Election 10/24/2015: 2016 SUPP (4 days late)- $160

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.

Decline to waive for the 10-G, 40-G and Special report that was 8 days late.

Suspend all but $200 based on future compliance for the Special report that was 11 days late. The late fee must be paid within 30 days or the suspended portion becomes due and owing.

Assigned Attorney: Kathleen Allen
2020-187- Waiver Request 40-G _ Speical (8 days)
2020-187 - Staff Memo 10-G _ Special (11days)