Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-324
Request that the Board waive a $900 and $300 campaign finance late fee assessed against Stephen Beard, a candidate for Bienville Parish Sheriff, in the October 12, 2019 election, whose Special campaign finance disclosure reports were not filed.
Stephen Beard requests a waiver and states the following:

This is his first time running for any elected office and the last time. It was a misunderstanding of the statute that these reports didn't get filed. They understood "receipts" to mean actual contributions and not in-kind contributions. Due to this interpretation on his part, he felt the "exception" applied.

ELECTION: October 12, 2019
ASSESSED FEE: $900 & $300
REPORTS DUE: September 27, 2019 and October 7, 2019
REPORTS FILED: Both Identified on the 10-G

ACTIVITY REPORT: 9/24/2019 In-Kind Contributions for $1,574 from TL Folk
Contribution and 10-2-19 In-Kind Contribution from Davis & Assoc (campaign push cards) for $990


30-P (1 days late)-$60

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 Special report with a $900 late fee.

Suspend all but $200 for the Special report with a $300 late fee. The late fee must be paid within 30 days or the suspended portion becomes due and owing.

Assigned Attorney: Kathleen Allen
80-083 Campaign Finance Waiver Request