OKLAHOMA CITY (Good Politic) – The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has committed more than a dozen lawsuits as part of a crackdown on former candidates who filed lawsuits. campaign reports late or not at all.
The monitoring agency sued former Senator Anastasia Pittman and 13 other former candidates for the public service, reported The Oklahoman. She also sued two political action committees and two lobbyists.
The documents tabled Thursday confirm that the ethics commission has made repeated efforts to recover debts by certified mail and by email before proceeding. The maximum amount allowed for each late report is $ 1,000.
Ashley Kemp, Executive Director of the Ethics Commission, warned that it would go to court for unpaid debts once or twice a year "from now on".
"Oklahoma citizens expect candidates and political committees to file timely and accurate reports revealing the amount of money raised or spent on state campaigns," said Kemp.
Most of the former prosecution candidates ran in the parliamentary elections. Pittman, a Democrat in Oklahoma City, was elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and to the Senate in 2014. She was defeated by Republican Matt Pinnell in the November general election of the lieutenant governor.
The Ethics Commission has asked a judge to order Ms. Pittman to pay $ 1,100 for filing late reports for her campaign in the 2014 Senate and $ 1,000 for filing a petition. late report of his 2018 Lieutenant Governor's campaign.
The oversight agency has been criticized in the past for its uneven efforts in dealing with unpaid debts.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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