Ethics Commission Sues 14 Former Oklahoma Political Candidates

January 15, 2019 AT 7:10 AM

By Nolan Clay

In a crackdown on political candidates who file campaign reports late or not at all, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for the first time has filed lawsuits over unpaid late fees.

The watchdog agency on Thursday sued former state Sen. Anastasia Pittman and 13 other former candidates for public office.

It also sued two lobbyists and two political action committees.

The lawsuits filed in Oklahoma County District Court represent a new get-tough approach by the Ethics Commission. Its executive director warned Thursday that it would be going to court over outstanding fees once or twice a year “beginning now.”

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