Lawmakers owe state thousands

ATLANTA — Nearly 50 Georgia lawmakers owe the state money after they filed their campaign finance reports late or didn't file the documents at all.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the sums are relatively small — about $11,000 in late fees total — but some of the debt dates back nearly 10 years. The newspaper reviewed state ethics commission records.

State lawmakers write ethics laws and fund the ethics commission.

The commission says that more than 2,000 officials, candidates and committees owe $300,000 in late filing fees. That list includes former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Ethics commission executive secretary Stacey Kalberman said last week that her agency doesn't have the money for mailings, which include notices to candidates and others that they didn't file campaign disclosures on time.

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