Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-309
Request that the Board waive a $480 campaign finance late fee assessed against Rodney B. Nicholas, a candidate for Parish President, St. John the Baptist Parish, in the October 12, 2019 election, whose Special campaign finance disclosure report was not filed.
Rodney B. Nicholas requests a waiver and states the following:

He is requesting a a waiver of a $480 fine for not reporting an in-kind contribution over $500. This was a campaign purchase made on his credit card which he was disputing because his card was overcharged and the vendor did not deliver as promised. It took the credit card company approximately 30 days to resolve the issue, so he didn't know the exact amount he would owe the vendor would be over $500 until after they researched the purchase. Therefore, he didn't know the exact amount of the transaction until the issue was resolved 30 days later.

ELECTION: October 12, 2019
REPORTS DUE: October 4, 2019
REPORTS FILED: In-Kind contributions identified on the 10-G

ACTIVITY REPORT: 10/1/2019 In Kind Contribution: Rodney B. Nichols (campaign mail out) for $5649.


Election 10/24/2015: 10-P (1 days late) - Suspend All - Reassessed $60- Paid

10-G (1 days late)- Suspend All - Reassessed- $60- Paid

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.
Assigned Attorney: Kathleen Allen
80-069 Campaign Finance Waiver Request