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Rhoten missed Oct. 17 filing deadline

The latest financial filing for candidates in the Nov. 8 election was due this week on Monday, Oct. 17. Of the five candidates running for a seat on the King George Board of Supervisors, Robert Rhoten missed the filing deadline for the period beginning Sept. 1 and ending Sept. 30 for contributions, expenditures and loans.

Rhoten is vying against Ruby Brabo for the Dahlgren seat on the Board of Supervisors, which is being vacated at the end of the year by James Mullen, who is not running for reelection.

Under state law, late filings are election law violations which incur a mandatory fine of $100. 

His first and second attempts at filing the required financial report a day late, on Oct. 18, were both deemed “incomplete” by Registrar Lorrie Gump. See below for details.

FINANCIAL FILINGS
Contributors who have contributed an aggregate of $100 or less to the candidate/committee during a single calendar year are reported as “unitemized” on the report. This means that the candidate/committee is not required to list the name, address and employer of the contributor if an individual. For businesses/corporate contributors likewise under $100 aggregate, candidates don’t have to list the name of the business, address and type of business, as they must for larger donations.

However, if an unitemized contributor subsequently provides additional contributions that put the donor over the aggregate contribution threshold of $100, they become an “itemized” contributor. That means their name, address and occupation or business information must appear on the next campaign finance report.

Below is a roundup of financial reports filed so far by candidates running for the Board of Supervisor in King George for this election cycle. The latest filing deadline was this week on Monday, Oct. 17 for the period ending on Sept. 30.

This does not include contributions received or expenditures made after that date. Those would show up in the next set of financial reports due at the end of the month on Oct. 31.

SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES
For Dahlgren, Ruby A. Brabo and Robert Rhoten are running head-to-head. For James Madison, incumbent Supervisor Joseph W. Grzeika is being challenged by School Board member S. Renee Parker. For At-Large, incumbent Dale Sisson is running unopposed.   
RUBY A. BRABO - Brabo’s reports indicate she accepted a total of $1,599.09, with the bulk of that, $1,269.09 coming from her own pocket as self-financing as of the end of September. $250 was contributed by Robert Fuscaldo, who is a former King George Supervisor and School Board member and retired Commander of the Dahlgren Naval Base. The remaining $80 of her contributions came as an unitemized donation from a single contributor.
Brabo’s campaign expenditure disbursements have so far totaled $1,570.05, with an ending balance on Sept. 30 of $29.04. Her expenditures have included such things as campaign advertisements, business cards, printer ink, signs, and rack cards.  
ROBERT RHOTEN - Rhoten’s first financial report for the election cycle was filed on Sept. 15, as required, to report financial activity for Aug. 11-31. He noted two large campaign contributions of $1,000 each, both received on Aug. 31.
Rhoten described both business/corporate donors as, “Real Estate Properties.”

$1,000 was contributed by Pal-Bro, Inc, P.O. Box 342, King George. The company is listed with the King George Commissioner of Revenue’s office as having a business license. As a corporate/business donation, the owner’s name is not required to be reported on the campaign form. But The Journal dug a little deeper. The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) indicates Pal-Bro’s registered agent is Stanley Shawn Palivoda.

$1,000 was likewise contributed to Rhoten by SA Properties, LLC, P.O. Box 1352, Dahlgren. The company is not listed as having a business license in the county office, but is listed with the Commissioner of Revenue’s office as the owner of four properties in the county. Like the other corporate/business donor above, the SCC indicates the company’s registered agent is also  Stanley Shawn Palivoda.

It was verified that Stanley Shawn Palivoda is better known as Shawn Palivoda, not to be confused with his father, Stanley or Stan Palivoda, by checking online at the Real Estate Board of Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, which also currently indicates that Shawn Palivoda’s real estate sales license expired on Sept. 30. 

Rhoten filed his second campaign finance filing a day late, but his first attempt at that was deemed incomplete by Registrar Lorrie Gump. He was called to come in and complete the report.

That amendment included a donation of $300 listed from John Cheadle, who is a local licensed real estate broker and appraiser. It is unclear whether the contributor was listed as an individual or as a business. But regardless of the status of the contributor, Rhoten listed the date received as Oct. 2, which makes it outside of the reporting period required by the current report.

Including the contribution on the wrong report provided inaccuracies when Rhoten carried it forward to his Schedules G and H which are required forms for reporting statement of funds and a summary of receipts and disbursements.

Rhoten’s expenditures have so far totaled $1,749.78, with $1,719 for signs and $30 listed for a debit card. It’s not clear what the purpose or use of the debit card will be, but his listing it as an expenditure contributes to his report still being deemed incomplete by the Registrar. 

JOSEPH W. GRZEIKA - Grzeika has been self-financing his campaign through loans from his own pocket which totaled $750 as of the end of September. He had spent a total of $535, which included such things as campaign advertisements, including a hole sponsorship for a golf tournament for the Nick Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund, and palm cards.

S. RENEE PARKER - Parker has accepted two unitemized contributions totaling $149, and has been self-financing the rest of her campaign from her personal funds totaling $620.49 as of Sept. 30. Her expenditures were only for the purchase of signs for the election cycle, so far.

DALE W. SISSON, JR. - Sisson has filed an allowable exemption from reporting requirements declaring he does not intend to solicit or accept any contribution from any other person or political committee during the course of the campaign and will not contribute nor expend more than $1,000 of his own personal money during the course of the campaign.

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