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Mark Daily
Lou Sennick, The World

COOS BAY — Former Coos Bay City Councilor and mayoral candidate Mark Daily will be fined by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, according to officials.

The fine stems from Daily’s mayoral campaign finance transaction filings.

According to Alma Whalen, compliance specialist for the elections division with the office, Daily was 16 business days late in filing an in-kind contribution of $8,505.

Daily filed the contribution on Nov. 1, when it was due on Oct. 10.

The penalty is $680.

The Secretary of State’s office calculates the amount by multiplying the transaction by half a percent and then multiplying the number of business days late.

“At this point in time, we have not sent a proposed penalty notice yet,” Whalen said in an email. “Generally, cases for a particular month are reviewed and generated approximately three months after the end of a month.”

According to Whalen, Daily will get a notice of the penalty around mid-March.

Michael Calcagno, communications director for Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, confirmed the fine on Tuesday.

During his campaign, The World began an investigation into Daily's campaign finance activity when the candidate failed to file any expenses or contributions with the state until Oct. 20, well past the deadline for most of his transactions.

The investigation found that DB Western Texas, a chemical firm that was pursuing the privatization of Coos Bay's wastewater treatment system, had been paying for Daily's radio advertising, on his five-day-a-week political radio program, "Flushing Out the Truth," according to an inspection of 105.9 The Wave's public file.

The contributions from the firm totaled more than $15,000.

Daily signed a statement in his Aug. 29 candidate filing that he did not expect to spend or receive more than $750 for the 2016 calendar year.

 Daily did not respond to requests for comment.

Reporter Spencer Cole can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 249, or by email at Follow him on Twitter: @spencerdcole.