On February 17, 2016, Burt Odelson argued before the 8-member bipartisan State Board of Elections who unanimously found that a complaint filed against Kim Foxx was filed with good cause. The Board voted 8-0 to find that Kim Foxx violated the Illinois Election Code at least 3 times by failing to disclose a $25,000 in-kind contribution. Foxx filed her campaign statement of organization on June 3, 2015, when it should have been filed on February 3, 2015, when she received $25,000 in-kind contribution for a poll to test her viability as a candidate. That is a violation of section 5/9-3 of the state statutes. The fine that is called for in the law is $50.00 per business day, or a maximum of $5,000.
Further, Foxx violated section 5/9-10 of the Election Code by not filing an A-1 disclosure report within 5 business days of receiving the benefit of the contribution on February 3, 2015. The A-1 report is required to be filed with the State Board of Elections if a contribution of $1,000 or more is made to a candidate. The $25,000 for the poll the Board found is an “in-kind” contribution to Foxx. Since the date of payment was February 3, 2015, non-disclosure is a “continuing” violation, which the Board “shall” assess a civil penalty. The penalty could be as high as 150% of the total amount of the contribution (150% of $25,000 = $37,500); but in no event, less than 10% of the amount not reported, or $2,500.
The Board also unanimously found Foxx violated sections 5/9-10 and 5/9-11 of state law, which requires candidates to file quarterly reports of all campaign contributions and expenditures. Foxx failed to file a complete and accurate quarterly report by April 15, 2015. The civil fines set forth in the statutes call for a maximum of $5,000 for each report not filed.
The Board ordered Foxx to file the required reports by 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2016, and the staff review the filings for the imposition of all applicable civil penalty assessments.
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