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Published April 01, 2011, 08:18 PM

Price for Late ND Campaign Reports: $100

Several North Dakota political candidates have been fined $100 each for being more than two months late in filing campaign finance disclosure reports, a state official said Friday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several North Dakota political candidates have been fined $100 each for being more than two months late in filing campaign finance disclosure reports, a state official said Friday.

The reports, which mostly list money contributions and donation totals received during 2010, were due Jan. 31. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said candidates, district committees and others that were required to file were given reminder notices by mail and telephone.

"We try to do everything to prevent having to collect a fee," Jaeger said. "We're not in the business. We don't want to collect a fee. We want everybody to respond by the deadline date."

State law allows Jaeger to charge a $25 fee for candidates who file within six days after the deadline. The cost goes up to $50 by the eleventh late day, and to $100 thereafter.

Jaeger notified four North Dakota House candidates, a Senate candidate and a state tax commissioner hopeful — all of whom lost to their rivals — that they had been fined $100. The chairmen of five state legislative districts and the leaders of initiative campaigns to restrict abortion and limit public officials' terms in office were also notified.

Three other filings were on time but did not match up with earlier information, and the filers could owe $200 if the information is not corrected within 10 days, Jaeger said.

More than 460 disclosure reports were due in January, said Lee Ann Oliver, an elections specialist in Jaeger's office. Statewide candidates, legislators and political committees are among those required to file reports detailing contributions from campaign supporters.

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