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Butler campaign filings late but on the way

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The deadline for Assemblyman Marc W. Butler’s treasurer to file the 27-day post-general election campaign finance report with the state Board of Elections passed Dec. 3 without any action.

Mr. Butler, R-Newport, said the matter should be resolved soon.

Mr. Butler said his treasurer, Pat Reuter, “did have the report prepared but wasn’t able to file because of a computer error.”

“She mailed it to [the Board of Elections] on Monday,” Mr. Butler said. “They should have had it.”

Board of Elections Public Information Director John W. Conklin said a letter will be sent to the treasurer Tuesday if it still has not received the report.

“Then the candidate gets a letter the day after that,” Mr. Conklin said.

If the treasurer still fails to file the campaign finance report by the second week of January, she will face a $100 penalty.

If the matter is unresolved by February, a $1,000 fine will be levied.

Mr. Conklin said the treasurer may personally be fined $10,000 if she fails to comply for three consecutive filings in an election cycle.

However, Mr. Conklin said, it’s still early enough that the treasurer may file within the allotted time.

Before the election, Mr. Butler’s campaign raised $21,350.62, spent $20,516.29, and had $834.33 in reserves.

Mr. Butler’s opponent, Democrat Joseph Chilelli of Herkimer, raised a total of $4,410, spent $4,509.77 and had a negative balance of $99.77 on Dec. 3.

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