Campaign finance report from Redus still not turned in

Outgoing Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. has yet to file a campaign contributions and expenditures report, despite telling a reporter in early November that the report would be turned in within a few days.

Arkansas law requires that candidates in municipal elections are required to file a pre-election report no later than one week before the November general election if they received contributions or had expenditures of $500 or more and to file a final report — regardless of contributions of expenditures — no later that Dec. 31.

A check at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office Friday indicated that no report from Redus had been turned in, and the Clerk’s Office as well as other county offices will be closed Monday.

Redus told a reporter on Nov. 2 that a computer malfunction was the reason his report had not been filed as required by law, but said the report should have been finalized and turned in by Nov. 5.

A message left at Redus’ office Friday afternoon was not returned.

The report from Redus as well as those for mayoral candidates Thelma Walker, John James Jr. and Kent Broughton were not turned in on time, but those for Walker, James and Broughton were turned in shortly after the Oct. 30 deadline.

Mayor-elect Debe Hollingsworth turned her report in on time, as did Alderman Steven Mays, Peter Daniels Jr., Clarence Davis and Tim Whisenhunt.

Graham Sloan, director of the Arkansas Ethics Commission, which monitors the reports, said candidates who fail to file a report could receive a public violation letter, which could range from a caution to a warning to a reprimand or be fined between $50 and $2,000.

In order for the commission to take action, a complaint must be filed, which would be followed by an investigation by the commission to determine if the law had been violated.

Sloan said the results of that investigation would be forwarded to the commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, and they would make a decision on any sanction issued.