Posted: Feb 7, 2011 5:43 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Feb 7, 2011 5:43 PM
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.