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Docket No. 10-1111
 
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RE:
Appearance in connection with a request for reconsideration of the $800 and $900 late fees assessed against John F. Schwegmann, a candidate for Public Service Commissioner, Dis. 3, Jefferson Parish in the October 2, 2010 election, whose 30-P and EDE-P campaign finance disclosure reports were filed 8 and 9 days late.
Comments:
ELECTION: October 2, 2010
TYPE OF REPORTS: 30-P and EDE-P

DAYS LATE: 8 and 9

ASSESSED FEES: $800 and $900

REPORTS DUE: September 2, 2010 and October 12, 2010

REPORTS FILED: September 10, 2010 and October 21, 2010

ACTIVITY REPORTED: $0 activity for both reports

Facts:
In connection with his request for a reconsideration of a waiver of the $800 and $900 late fees assessed for the late filings of his 30-P and EDE-P campaign finance reports, John F. Schwegmann states that for several years his health situation has declined to the point that he was literally on his deathbed in Ochsner Hospital. His situation was a great distraction and he gradually became more and more anemic with great physical pain. He was eventually admitted to Ochsner and stayed for a week undergoing tests. He received more than a month of iron infusions. Mr. Schwegmann maintains that it has always been extremely important to him to follow the rules and regulation of the Ethics Administration, but there were extraneous circumstances that caused him to be late with his reports. Mr. Schwegmann has provided updated medical documentation from his doctor to support his claim. The letter states that Mr. Schwegmann was admitted to Oschner from May 31-June 3, 2012 and is still under medical care receiving outpatient treatment. The letter was dated October 24, 2012. The documentation is attached for the Board's consideration. Mr. Schwegmann is a major level candidate. This is his eighth campaign. He was an unsuccessful candidate.

Law:
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 as provided in R.S.42:1157 for each day until such report is filed.

Recommendations:
Decline to waive.
Assigned Attorney: Aneatra Boykin
 
 
ATTACHMENTS:
Description:
2010-1111- Email M Bowie 12-21-12
2010-1111- John F. Schwegmann-request for reconsideration
2010-1111- John F. Schwegmann-10-24-12 medical documentation