83°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Thu
84°
68°
80%
Fri
88°
69°
20%
Sat
88°
69°
20%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Political candidates owe nearly $1 million in fines

4 years ago February 07, 2011 Feb 7, 2011 Monday, February 07 2011 Monday, February 07, 2011 3:43:08 PM EST in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- Reports show political candidates owe nearly $1 million in fines for ethics violations, according to the Louisiana Ethics Board.

Some current elected officials like Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis are on the list.  He did not respond to calls about the status of the $6,000 the report claims he owes. 

Robert Travis Scott with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana says most of the fines are for people who filed campaign disclosure reports late.  He says collecting the outstanding fines is similar to dealing with traffic tickets; it's often expensive and time-consuming to make someone pay, especially when the fine is low.

Political analysts say the Ethcis Board already has the authority to keep people from running for office if they have a tab.  There could also be legislation in the works to help the board enforce penalities.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
Partly Cloudy
84°
67°
Thu
PM T-Storms
84°
68°
Fri
Mostly Sunny
88°
69°
Sat
Mostly Cloudy
88°
69°
Sun
PM T-Storms
89°
73°