Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-860
Request that the Board waive the $360 and $480 campaign finance late fees assessed against Gregory Cook, a candidate for City Judge, City Court, Division C, City of Baton Rouge in the July 11, 2020 election, whose 30-P and 10-G campaign finance disclosure reports were filed 6 and 8 days late, respectively.
Gregory Cook requests a waiver and states the following:

As a first time candidate for elected office, he found the ethics' report filing rules cumbersome and somewhat unclear. The election was rescheduled and therefore, the report filing dates should have been adjusted. He had lots of campaign report questions early in the process, as well as after the election, and discovered that the ethics' computer system wouldn't allow for past dates to be examined except for the filed reports. Also, he discovered that the 30 day report after the general election doesn't contain the appropriate subheading as he didn't make it to the general election and presumed that if there was no new data to report, there was no need to file the same report again. However, the rules are not clear with regard to this.

ELECTION: July 11, 2020
DAYS LATE: 6 & 8
ASSESSED FEE: $360 & $480
REPORTS DUE: March 5, 2020 and August 5, 2020
REPORTS FILED: March 11, 2020 and August 13, 2020

ACTIVITY REPORT: 30-P: $ 2,976.16 in Receipt; $2,976.16 in Expenditures and $-0 Funds on Hand at Close of Reporting Period

10-G $1,000.00 in Receipts; $1,000.00 in Expenditures and $353.80 Funds on Hand at Close of Reporting Period


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: Charles Reeves
2020-860 - CF Waiver Request Gregory Cook 30-P
2020-860 - CF Waiver Request Gregory Cook 10-G