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Fines Not Being Collected for Campaign Finance Violations

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are taking Delaware's elections commissioner to task for repeatedly allowing violations of campaign finance reporting laws to go unpunished.

During a presentation to the legislature's budget-writing committee Wednesday, Commissioner Elaine Manlove was quizzed about fines for late or missing campaign finance reports often being waived or going uncollected.

One lawmaker says figures she recently received from the elections commission show more than $800,000 in outstanding fines, and more than $70,000 in fines that have been waived. That's compared to less than $10,000 in fines that have actually been paid. In one case, an elected official didn't file reports for 2006 until last year.

Manlove indicated that her office has been holding off on enforcement when working with candidate committees to resolve issues regarding late, incomplete or missing reports.

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