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Fla Elections Commission owed $1.4-mil in unpaid fines

News Service of Florida: Candidates, consultants and political organizations owe the Florida Elections Commission almost $1.4 million in unpaid fines from cases stretching as far back as 1990, state records show.

The debts in 184 cases — many of which are already being written off by the state — has prompted members of the panel to consider whether and how to go after those who have defied an order to pay up for as long as 20 years. But the issue is complicated by how much authority the commission even has to use potentially effective tools to try to extract payments from the scofflaws.

The vast majority of the unpaid fines are for $5,000 or less, but there are also a handful of large payments outstanding.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:20pm]


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