Published: Sep 06, 2011 4:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida elections panel says that politicians should be barred from campaigning if they owe money to the state.
The Florida Elections Commission is pushing the idea because candidates and campaign consultants and others owe $1.4 million in fines stretching back 20 years.
The commission currently has the power to place a property lien against scofflaws but it can't do anything else. Commissioners want the Florida Legislature to block any candidate from raising or spending money on a campaign if they have any outstanding fines.
The commission is a panel appointed by the governor that investigates whether someone violated state elections laws. The nine-member board - which has both Republicans and Democrats on it - has the power to impose fines on candidates, campaign treasurers and political organizations.

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