From: Office of the Secretary of State Filed 5/14/07 GCN
The Mississippi Code Ann. § 23-15-817 (1972) requires the Secretary of State's Office to compile a list of all candidates for the Legislature or any statewide office who fail to file a campaign disclosure report by 5:00 p.m. on the day set by law and to disseminate the list to the members of the Mississippi Press Association within two working days after such reports are due.
The most recent report from candidates was due Thursday, May 10, at 5:00 p.m. All candidates for legislative, state district, and statewide office, and all political committees, are subject to fines for filing reports late or for failure to file reports. Beginning with the tenth calendar day after the filing deadline, the Secretary of State’s Office must assess a fine of $50 per day for up to ten days for failure to file a campaign finance disclosure report. This fine is per day and part of any day until a valid report is delivered.
Candidates must continue to file disclosure reports until they file a termination report. Only by filing a termination report indicating that no more money will be raised or spent may a candidate end reporting responsibilities.
The next report for candidates is due June 8, 2007.
Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-811 (1972) states that any candidate or any other person who shall willfully and deliberately and substantially violate the provisions and prohibitions of [the law] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine in a sum not to exceed $3,000.00 or imprisoned for not longer than six (6) months or by both fine and imprisonment. In addition, Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-811 (1972) states that "no candidate shall be certified as nominated for election or as elected to office unless and until he files all reports required by this article due as of the date of certification and that no candidate who is elected to office shall receive any salary or other remuneration for the office unless and until he files all reports required by this article due as of the date such salary or remuneration is payable."
77 candidates did not file reports by Thursday, May 10. An asterisk indicates those who have filed since Friday.
The Secretary of State’s Office strives to make campaign finance reports accessible to the public. To view a copy of any report, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.ms.us.