A committee set up to collect private donations to pay for Mayor Jim Gray's January inauguration could be facing fines for failing to file a report listing donors by April 6.
Lexington Inaugural 2015, the committee formed to raise funds for the Jan. 4 inauguration of Gray and the Urban County Council, faxed the report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Friday after being contacted about the late forms by the Herald-Leader.
Walker Mattox, Gray's former campaign manager, said Friday that the committee forgot to file the report.
"It simply slipped through the cracks," Mattox said. "It was probably put on a calendar somewhere and we just missed it."
Mattox said even if the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance — which oversees financial reporting for campaigns and for inauguration funds — sent an official notice that the report was late, the campaign may not have received it because it was likely sent to a post office box that the campaign rarely checks.
Mattox provided the Herald-Leader with a copy of the report Friday.
The inauguration fund raised $48,250 for the event at the Lexington Convention Center. Top donors included some familiar names — developers Don and Mira Ball and several Ball family members; Steven Lawson, owner of Mountain Enterprises; and Preston and Anita Madden and several other members of the Madden family.
Five members of the Ball family contributed a total of $5,000. Lawson contributed $3,500. Five members of the Madden family contributed a total of $10,000.
The event cost $47,740, the finance reports show.
Mattox — who helped coordinate the inauguration, which included several musical acts, video presentations and food — received $15,000, according to the documents.
Emily Dennis, general counsel for the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, said fines for tardy finance reports can be as much as $5,000. The fine is $50 the first day the report is late and $10 a day for any additional days after the first day.
The registry does have some leeway in the way it assesses fines. If there are mitigating circumstances, the fine can be reduced, Dennis said.
Inauguration funds have no limitations on how much an individual donor is allowed to give. Individual donations are capped at $1,000 per election cycle for election campaigns.
The largest individual donor to the inauguration committee was Angela Beck, who is listed as a volunteer on campaign finance forms but is also the owner of Pomegranate, a home textiles business. Beck donated $10,000 to the inauguration committee.