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|Johnson pays fine over campaign finance report flap|
Winnsboro Mayor Jackie Johnson has paid a $1,000 fine for failing to file campaign finance reports for his 2010 mayoral campaign on time, according to the Louisiana Ethics Administration.
The fine for failing to timely file campaign finance reports was paid by Johnson on March 24, said Alesia Ardoin, an attorney for the Ethics Administration.
A final campaign finance report for Johnson's 2010 mayoral campaign was due June 10, 2010. Candidates are required by law to file a campaign finance report on certain dates leading up to the election date for the office a candidate seeks. A candidate also must file a final campaign finance report for each election cycle.
"He (Johnson) was fined $1,000, which is the maximum fine that can be dealt to someone in his level of office," said Ardoin. "That fine has now been paid."
According to the Ethics Administration, Johnson filed a campaign finance report for the 2010 Winnsboro mayor's race on Feb. 15, about 250 days late.
The report was filed after The Franklin Sun reported in its Feb. 2 edition about Johnson's missing campaign finance reports stemming from the 2010 mayor's race. Johnson said he did not file the reports on time because he was not aware he needed to file them.
"The initial reason that they weren't filed is that I didn't know those particular forms had to be filed until The Franklin Sun brought it to my attention," Johnson said. "After learning of my mistake, I immediately filed them and I paid the fine."
Johnson previously told The Franklin Sun his campaign finance reports had been filed.
By law, candidates for public office in a district or municipality comprised of a population of 35,000 or less must report campaign contributions in excess of $200 from a single source, other than from the candidate's personal funds. Candidates also must report all expenditures if a campaign spent more than $5,000 in an election cycle.
Johnson's filings reveal that his campaign received $13,325 in contributions and borrowed an additional $6,740.
Most of the individuals and businesses that contributed to Johnson's campaign were not from or based in Winnsboro.
Citizens Progressive Bank of Winnsboro, which contributed $1,450, made the largest donation to Johnson's campaign.
Franklin State Bank contributed $100. Winnsboro State Bank and Progressive Bank each gave $500.
Nine individuals and/or businesses each gave $1,000 to Johnson's campaign.
Johnson's top reported expenditure—$4,750—was spent on election canvassing.
The campaign spent $3,450 on Johnson's inaugural ball at River of Life Church in Winnsboro.
Other expenses included $1,000 to rent BJ's Pizza, $444 in travel expenses, $900 for sign printing and about the same amount for election cookouts.
Campaign finance reports can be viewed online at the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program's website, www.ethics.state.la.us.