The Marion County Election Board has hit dozens of former candidates and political action committees with more than $72,000 in late filing penalties.
Filings were due January 15th and candidates and PACs that file late can be fined $50 per day up to $1000. The fines only apply to who ran local offices such as city, county, school boards or township offices and still kept their campaign finance committees open.
Officials that received $1000 fines included former Marion County Clerk Beth White, Center Township Trustee Tony Duncan, former Mayoral candidate Sam Carson, State Senate candidate Belinda Drake*, former IPS school Board candidate Josh Owens and former City-County Councilor Marylin Pfister
Former Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who is now running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District was fined $50 for missing the filing deadline by one minute. He filed at 12:01 p.m. on January 15th. The deadline was at noon.
*Blake was fined for failing to file paperwork of her original exploratory committee for public office