Bill Lindquist said he was “just a guy who wanted to improve my community, and get involved.”
Lindquist said he was surprised to learn in a phone interview late Wednesday he still faced a $600 fine for filing late campaign reports for the spring city election when those reports showed no money raised and no money spent.
At the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission meeting in Topeka, the Commission read his written request for a waiver of the original $1,160 fine. “We tried to cooperate and I sent a letter of appeal to them,” according to Lindquist.
In January Bill Lindquist, 25, filed to run for Overland Park City Council and he appointed his 21-year-old brother Jim Lindquist to be his treasurer.
The older Lindquist believes his brother sent the first campaign report a few days late in February. “I guess they never received it, or so they claimed.”
At the Ethics meeting Chair Sabrina Standifer said ”This office would call. He would say, ‘it’s been sent, it’s been sent, it’s been sent.’ Then we’d call again and he would say ‘it’s been sent, it’s been sent.’ Why they didn’t just resend it I don’t quite know.”
In his first run for public office Lindquist attempted to unseat incumbent Paul Lyons in the Overland Park Ward 2 city council position. In the April 5 election Lindquist received 621 votes to Lyons’ 1501 votes. In effect, Lindquist’s fine amounts to almost $1 per vote he received.
At the Ethics meeting Commissioner John Solbach asked “Is there anything sympathetic about this fellow that we should know about?” But no one on the Commission had any relevant information about Lindquist, and his request for a waiver did not provide details of extenuating circumstances.
The Ethics Commission was not aware of how young the Lindquist brothers are. Lindquist acknowledged “I never told them my age. I told them this was the first time doing this and we were inexperienced. We tried to comply to the best of our ability.”
Solbach said “we’re looking here at well over $1000 for a report that has no activity on it … I think a lesser amount would be sufficient for us to have the laws do their work.” Solbach’s suggestion led to a reduction of $560 in the fine to $600 ($300 each). In effect the Commission waived the fine for the first late report, but let the fines remain for the second late report.
Sobach suggested the partial waiver should only be good if the penalty were paid in the next 30 days.
Solbach’s motion passed unanimously.
Civil Penalty Assessment Orders
Late Filings of Various Receipts and Expenditure Reports
- Chris Covin, Candidate for Wichita School Board, $300 * 2
- Jennel Tebbetts, Candidate for Emporia City Commission, $260
- Doug Zeller, Treasurer for Jennel Tebbetts, $260
- Willie Dove, Candidate for State BOE, $50
- Pat Berning, Candidate for Willie Dove, $50
- Jeff Carson, Lobbyist for KC Regional Assn of Realtors, $300
Late Filings of 2011 Statements of Substantial Interest
- Yvonne Ballester, ESU, $40
- Chunsheng Ma, WSU, $60
- Ann Peuser, Dept. of Ag, $40
- Shanti Ramcharan, ESU, $120
Kyle Krull, attorney from Overland Park, replaced Jackie Williams as the appointee by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Williams recently accepted a position with the Attorney General’s office.
Gerald Goodell, who had served as Vice-Chairman of the Commission, resigned last week due to family health issues. A replacement will be chosen by the Kansas Supreme Court in September.
Other details of the meeting are in the Twitter Minutes, tweeted live with hashtag #ksethics.
@KansasWatchdog: Live tweets starting about 1 PM from the monthly meeting of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission http://t.co/FfNq2Ju #ksethics
12:59:02 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics 2 closed executives sessions on Kansas Gov Ethics Commission agenda. 1st for budget, 2nd for civil penalty assessment discussion.
13:01:10 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Kyle Krull from Overland Park to replace Jackie Williams on Commission as appointee of Sec. of State Kris Kobach.
13:02:33 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Jackie Williams resigned from KS Ethics Commission after taking a job at the Attorney General’s office.
13:03:41 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commissioner Gerald Goodell resigning due to family health reasons. No replacement announced.
13:04:38 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commissioner John Solbach jokes about Krull being appointed by Kobach: “We don’t have to show our birth certificates, do we?”
13:07:10 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Ethics Commission to announce new attorney to represent commission next month. Attorney from AG’s office temporarily serving now.
13:08:56 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Gerald Goodell was appointed by Kansas Supreme Court. Replacement likely to be announced in September.
13:11:51 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Carol Williams: 19 outstanding Statements of Substantial Interest are late. 706 were late at this time last year.
13:12:56 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Carol Williams: Late Statements of Substantial Interest: 5 from boards, 8 from universities and 6 from state employees.
13:13:46 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Live tweeting from Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission meeting in Topeka
13:14:57 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Carol Williams discussing Biennial Budget handout. [Will publish this document later.]
13:15:54 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Carol Williams: “We are running out of money”. Says fee funds will need to be increased.
13:19:14 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commission releases list of civil penalties for late filings of various sorts. 11 names. Will publish 3 lists later.
13:26:23 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commission considering over $1000 in fines for 26 yo candidate, 22 yo brother treasurer for failed filing of city council reports
13:27:11 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commission Solbach motions to impose $500 fine ($250 ea) on John Lindquist and Bill Linquist from Overland Park.
13:28:45 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Solbach’s motion changed to waive $280 each and impose $300 each on Bill/John Lindquist. Motion passes.
13:30:54 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commission considering missing “paid for by” attribution by SBOE 2012 candidate Steve Roberts. Self-reported problem.
13:31:31 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Solbach motions to send letter to Steve Roberts about missing attribution statement. Motion passes on voice vote.
13:32:43 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Commission to go into closed executive session for 10 minutes for attorney client privilege. Kyle Krull reading technical reason
13:43:55 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Closed executive session extended another 10 minutes.
13:55:42 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Out of closed executive session and back into another closed executive session on another matter. 15 minutes at first.
14:10:38 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics 2nd closed executive session extended another 10 minutes.
14:23:46 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Next Kansas Governmental Ethics Meeting scheduled for 1 PM, Sept. 28, 4th Wed of month (normally the 3rd Wed).
14:30:36 @KansasWatchdog: #ksethics Chair Sabrina Standifer: No public records about TerriLois Gregory complaint mentioned by @LJWorld http://t.co/hdrbAyb
Aug. 2011 document packet
p. 1: Agenda
pp. 2-5: Minutes from May 18, 2011 meeting
p.6: Minutes from June 2, 2011 telephone conference
p. 7: Status for 2011 Statements of Substantial Interest Filings
pp. 8- 16: FY2012 & FY2013 Biennial Budget
pp. 17-19: Omitted “Paid for By” Attribution Statement
pp. 20-23 : Civil Penalty Assessment orders
pp. 24-25: Request for Waiver of Civil Penalty Assessments from Bill Lindquist
- Ethics Commission announces almost $2000 in civil penalties, Kansas Watchdog, May 19, 2011.
- Ethics advisory opinion sought by Senator Julia Lynn, Kansas Watchdog, April 14, 2011.
- Ethics Commission delays decision on advisory opinion request from Senator Julia Lynn, Kansas Watchdog, April 11, 2011.
- Ethics Commission tells Kobach no KU honorarium, Kansas Watchdog, March 23, 2011.
- Governor, legislative leaders meet with Ethics Commission, Kansas Watchdog, Feb. 16, 2011.
- Lew Perkins Fined $4000 by Kansas Ethics Commission, Kansas Watchdog, Jan. 25. 2011.
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