A new State Board of Election's effort to collect fines from delinquent campaigns has faltered before getting off the ground. The plan was to send letters to campaign treasurers and banks informing them that their accounts were frozen and would remain that way until fines had been repaid. But according to a report by the Albany Times Union a group of test cases was reduced to mailing only two letters to one campaign committee treasurer and their bank. A BOE representative said the effort was reduced because of discoveries they made in state law. Good government groups have long criticized the state BOE for failing to aggressilvely pursue delinquent campaigns. Replacing the current BOE enforcement system was the topic of a recent hearing of the state's corruption panel.
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