For Immediate Release - January 09, 2013

Lawrence Mayor Sued by AG's Office for Failing to File Campaign Finance Report

Complaint Filed Today to Compel Mayor to File 2011 Campaign Finance Report, Pay Civil Late-Filing Penalty

BOSTON – The Mayor of Lawrence has been sued for failing to file a 2011 campaign finance report, required by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF), that discloses his political contributions and spending, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. The lawsuit also requests that the court order him to pay a civil late-filing penalty.

The lawsuit filed today pdf format of Commonwealth v. Lantigua and Soto
file size 1MB in Suffolk Superior Court against Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua requests that the court order him to file his 2011 year-end campaign finance report with OCPF. Ana Soto, Treasurer of the Lantigua Committee, which raises and spends money in support of the Mayor’s candidacy, is also named in the lawsuit. Under M.G.L. c. 55, § 18, Lantigua and Soto are required to file reports of the Lantigua Committee with OCPF to disclose the donations made to the campaign as well as the campaign’s expenditures.

“Political candidates by law are required to accurately report campaign contributions and expenditures,” AG Coakley said. “These disclosures ensure the integrity of the electoral system and help voters make informed decisions about who to support. Mayor Lantigua was ordered repeatedly to file these disclosures and pay the subsequent fine, yet has refused to do so. We are now seeking a court order compelling him to make these fundamental disclosures required of all political candidates.”

The lawsuit also seeks an order compelling Lantigua to personally pay the civil late-filing penalty imposed by OCPF, and not with Lantigua Committee funds. This penalty remains unpaid and has now reached the statutory maximum of $5,000. The 2011 report was due by January 20, 2012.


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