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ON Congressional candidates to file campaign finance reporting statements

Friday May 20 is the next crucial deadline for the 2016 election candidates running for the Fifth Osage Nation Congress – all candidates must submit their initial campaign reporting statements by the end of that day.

According to the ON election rules and regulations, each election candidate shall file two campaign reporting statements with the ON Election Office with the first statement deadline on May 20 and 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/ regulations.

All candidate campaign reporting statements must be filed with the Election Office and then the Election Board shall certify the reporting statements or notify the candidates of any deficiencies with the submitted statements. For campaign reporting statements with any deficiencies (i.e. missing support documents), those notified candidates shall have three business days to correct the deficiencies and report such corrections to the Election Supervisor.

Candidates who fail to submit their campaign reporting statements by the deadlines shall be fined $500 and must correct the deficiencies within three business days. Failure to comply shall prohibit the candidate from filing for office for future elections until the fine is paid. Unpaid fines shall be referred to the ON Attorney General’s Office at the discretion of the Election Board, according to the rules/ regulations.

Also, all votes for candidates who fail to comply with the campaign reporting statement rules and regulations shall be considered void and a notice of this fact will be posted by the Election Supervisor at the polling place and on the Osage Nation website before the polls open on Election Day.

Upcoming important dates

  • May 16-20: First campaign reporting statements due in Election Office.
  • May 25: First campaign reporting statement failure to file deadline.
  • June 1: All fines assessed by the Election Board due for payment. Nonpayment of fines will result in all votes for that candidate void.
  • June 3 from noon to 8 p.m. – Early voting Day 1 at the Election Office at 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.
  • June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Early voting Day 2 at the Election Office.
  • June 6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – General Election Day with polling place at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center at 1449 W. Main St. in Pawhuska.
  • June 21 – Second campaign reporting statements due in Election Office.
  • June 24 – Second campaign reporting statement failure to file deadline. 

By

Benny Polacca


Original Publish Date: 2016-05-19 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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