Local candidates for state office are among those facing fines as late filers of campaign finance reports to the Pennsylvania Department of State.
The amount they will owe depends upon how long it takes to provide the information, but it will not exceed $250, a department spokesman said Friday.
Sen. John Blake, D-Archbald, who is seeking his second four-year term for the 22nd Senatorial District, said he paid a $40 fine for missing the May 9 filing deadline.
“I file electronically. I filed early. But because I’m on the ballot I’m required to file a candidate’s affidavit,” Blake said. The affidavit was notarized and received by the department on May 13.
“It was just a mix-up on the notarized affidavit, ” he said.
Blake said his name will be removed from the list posted on the department’s website, www.dos.state.pa.us., under the section “Campaign Finance Deadline Missed.” By late Friday afternoon his name was not on the list.
Still on it was two-term incumbent state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township.
He was fined $20, but won’t have to pay it, he said.
“That’s going to be waived,” Mullery said, adding he filed his campaign committee report online and his notarized candidate’s report was postmarked May 9. His name will be taken off the list, he said.
His opponent in the May 20 primary for the two-year seat in the 119th Legislative District, Democrat Tony Bonomo of West Hazleton, acknowledged that he failed to file the candidate’s report on time. Because there was no activity he didn’t report anything, he said.
“It was not clear,” he said of the instructions on filing.
The candidate’s report doesn’t have much in it and new candidates often omit it, said Ron Ruman, a Department of State spokesman.
By law they are required to be filed along with the committee reports.
The Department will not penalize a candidate if the report is postmarked by May 9, Ruman said. The clock starts ticking after that. A $10-a-day penalty is charged for the first 6 days. The daily charges increases to $20 and is capped at $250, Ruman said.
“Once they pay it, it will come off (the list),” he said.
Other late filers were Democrat Gary Mack of Edwardsville. He is challenging Eileen Cipriani of West Wyoming in the primary for the seat in the 120th District held by outgoing state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston.
Late filers in Lackawanna County were incumbents state Reps. Kevin Haggerty, D-Dunmore, 112th District, and Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, 113th District. Lee Morgan of Scranton, a Democratic challenger to Flynn, also did not meet the deadline.