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June 18, 2014

UPDATE: 3 House candidates miss key reporting deadline

ENID, Okla. — Three area state House candidates have have missed a key reporting deadline.

Campaigns had until Monday to file their most recent donor and spending reports, according to Ok­lahoma Ethics Commis­sion’s calendar.

The legislative candidates whose reports were not available on the commission’s website Tuesday were Mike Stuber, who is running for Enid’s House District 40, and House District 38 candidates Roy Chaney and Jason Warren.

Stuber’s treasurer said the report was filed over the weekend, but the Commission said Wednesday that they had not received the report.

Stuber’s campaign already missed one deadline in the spring. The first of the campaign’s financial filings was submitted five days after its April 30 deadline. At the time, Stuber told the News & Eagle it was an error in communication and an oversight.

When reached Tuesday, Warren said he didn’t know his newest report wasn’t online.

“I’ll get it all knocked out tonight. I didn’t even realize,” he said.

Chaney said his treasurer wasn’t clear on the rules and missed a switchover from quarterly reporting to a schedule based on election dates. His report would be filed Wednesday, he said.

In a manual for state office seekers, the ethics commission warns candidates that not filing on time is a violation of its rules. Missing reports can lead to fines or prosecution in district court.

“Failure to file any report is very serious,” the manual states.

Candidates have to file a report even if they didn’t raise or spend any money during the time period.

In HD 38, candidate Ralph Meade’s report was mailed to the Commission, so it will not be available online. The Nardin resident is one of six Republicans running for the seat.

Of the area candidates whose reports were available Tuesday, Enid physician Ross Vanhooser proved most adept at fundraising. Between April 1 and June 9, Vanhooser collected $43,783 and kept a little more than half of that to spend in the final two weeks before the June 24 primary.

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