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Election Board reviews second round of campaign reporting statements


Benny Polacca

On June 30, the Osage Nation Election Board examined the second round of candidate campaign reporting statements submitted by those 15 Osages who ran for Congressional office.

After review and discussion, the Election Board found that six candidates had deficiencies on their reports which, required corrections and one candidate submitted a statement late, which resulted in a $500 fine.

According to the ON election rules and regulations, each election candidate shall file two campaign reporting statements with the ON Election Office with the second reporting statement deadline set for June 21.

All donations from individuals, corporations, LLCs or any business entity, whether organized by state, tribal or federal charter, shall be reported. Also expenditures from the beginning of the campaign (whether or not such campaign began prior to the official candidate filing period) up to the statement filing date shall be reported in the campaign reporting statements.

The candidates are also required to open a separate bank account in the name of the candidate or candidate’s campaign, which all donations shall be deposited into for any and all campaign purposes. The campaign reporting statements must include bank documentation showing the campaign account deposits and deductions and the balance of funds at the time of the statement, per the election rules and regulations.

Those candidates found to have reporting statement deficiencies were Myron Red Eagle, Joe Tillman, Shannon Edwards, Jacque Jones, Danette Daniels and Brandy Lemon. The deficiencies included missing information including bank documents, which were minor, according to Election Board Chairwoman Shannon Lockett.

The Election Board also found the reporting statement for Fi Davis was submitted three days past the deadline. Election Office staff told the board a Davis family member submitted the reporting statement on June 24.

Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre said she submitted an email reminder to the candidates on the Friday prior to the deadline about the due date coming. The board also discussed the possibility the handout sheet detailing the election candidate “Important Dates” was misread and agreed it should be clarified for the next election.

According to the Important Dates handout distributed to the candidates, the second campaign reporting statement due date is June 21 and a June 24 second campaign reporting statement failure to file deadline is also listed. The latter deadline pertains to those who have deficiencies in their submitted reporting statements.

According to the election rules and regulations, candidates have three business days to correct deficiencies to their reporting statements, which would be June 24 for the second reporting statement.

Afterward, the board voted to certify those statements with no deficiencies, to notify those with deficiencies and to issue the fine to Davis.

The next Election Board meeting is scheduled July 12. Rencountre said Davis has filed an appeal of his fine, which will be considered at the scheduled meeting.

For more information on the Election Office and to request forms for voter registry, address updates and to participate in the privacy program, visit the office website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/elections


Original Publish Date: 2016-07-11 00:00:00


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Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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