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Inauguration fund for Mayor Jim Gray pays $510 fine for filing contribution report 46 days late

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City Address in the Patterson Ballroom of the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel in Lexington, Ky.,Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Hosted by the Lexington Forum, the event was free and open to the public. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City Address in the Patterson Ballroom of the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel in Lexington, Ky.,Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Hosted by the Lexington Forum, the event was free and open to the public. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's inauguration fund has paid a $510 fine for filing financial records 46 days late.

The board of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, which oversees campaign finance laws in Kentucky, approved the settlement agreement between the fund and the registry at a board meeting Sept. 24, said Emily Dennis, the general counsel of the registry.

The fund — Lexington Inauguration 2015 — voluntarily entered into the agreement with the registry and paid the fine on June 5.

The fund raised more than $48,000 in private donations for Gray and the Urban County Council's Jan. 4 inauguration. The fund was supposed to file financial records with the registry by April 6. It didn't file until May 22. The report showed who contributed to the fund.

Officials with the inauguration fund have said the failure to file the documents by the deadline was an oversight. The group promptly filed the financial report after receiving a call about the late filing from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Top donors to the fund included some familiar names: developers Don and Mira Ball and several Ball family members; Steven Lawson, owner of Mountain Enterprises; Preston and Anita Madden; and several other members of the Madden family.

The event at the Lexington Convention Center cost $47,740, the finance reports show.

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