Nanaimo Liberal MLA candidate Walter Anderson's campaign group is getting penalized for failing to disclose 2013 provincial election financing reports before deadline.
Paperwork outlining campaign spending was due to the Chief Electoral Officer by August 12, but Anderson's financial agent didn't have the reports ready in time.
Now Anderson must pay a $500 fee out of campaign donations and have the paperwork in by Sept. 11.
Anderson's campaign manager Kim Smythe said it was a "frustrating" mistake that can be blamed on a rookie financial agent.
"It was the first time this financial agent had been involved in the campaign and he apparently didn't educate himself enough on the steps that were needed to file," Smythe said.
"I assure you our campaign budget was probably one of the smallest in the province which makes this even more frustrating."
Smythe said the largest campaign donation Anderson received was just over $2,000, but most of the donations were around $200 to $500.
The $500 fee will be paid out of leftover campaign money Smythe said is "lucky" enough to be still in Anderson's account.
He said Anderson has no comment on the matter.
"I'm sure he's just really embarrassed that his name is in the paper regarding this as a business guy," he said.
"This really has nothing to do with Walter."
Smythe said the reports are now filed.
According to Elections BC, ten candidates failed to file financing reports, and all ten lost in their ridings.
The list includes four NDP candidates, one B.C. Greens candidate and one B.C. Conservatives candidate.
MLA Leonard Krog's financing reports reveal his campaign expenses totaled $54,899.
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