Scott hit with campaign fine, says he’ll appeal
Rep. Ray Scott owes the state $2,300 in fines, but the Grand Junction Republican said that soon won’t be the case.
Scott amassed that fine soon after filing with the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 5 as a candidate for Senate District 7, the seat being vacated by Sen. Steve King, who plans to run for Mesa County sheriff.
He was supposed to file a personal financial disclosure report, as all candidates and elected officials are required to do.
He didn’t, and for more than a month was fined $50 a day.
Scott said he was told by someone in the office that he didn’t have to file a new report because he had already done that in 2010 before he was first elected to the Colorado House.
“I don’t want to make a bunch of excuses, but it’s a combination of a bunch of misinformation that they gave me,” Scott said. “That was something they told me I didn’t have to do because I had already done it.”
The office’s website has 14 different forms and checklists for candidates and elected officials to download and fill out. Half of them, however, don’t work, including two personal financial disclosure forms.
As a result, Scott asked that the office fax him a copy so he could update his previous report, which he said he did and immediately sent back.
“They said they didn’t receive it,” Scott said.
A month later, the representative received another letter from the office saying he still hadn’t filled out the report, and his fine had reached into the thousands of dollars.
It isn’t the first time Scott has paid such fines, but never so large. When he first ran for the House seat, he was late in filing his campaign finance reports, paying $350 and $50 fines in June and July of that year, respectively.
He’s been fined at least one other time, too, but that fine was waived because of similar “bureaucratic” issues, Scott said.
He plans to file for a waiver on the current fine, saying he’s confident it, too, will be waived.
“Now I’ve got to file a waiver form, argue my points, which I have plenty of, and then hope to get the waiver,” he said. “You’re kind of guilty until you prove yourself innocent with their system. You can talk to two or three different people over there and get two or three different answers.”