The Florida Chamber of Commerce today filed a second complaint with the Florida Elections Commission against Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., the Political Action Committee sponsoring Amendment 4. The complaint lists 47 new violations of campaign finance law contained within FHD’s most recent report – bringing the total number of possible violations to more than 115.
This latest complaint follows an earlier one which was filed July 22 by Adam Babington, vice president of Governmental Affairs with the Florida Chamber. Of the 47 new violations, all are specific incidences of not reporting occupational information for contributions in excess of $100 – a violation of 106.07(4), (5) and 106.19(1)(c) Florida Statues.
“Just days ago, we said that their previous violations might just be the tip of the iceberg — it turns out that was correct,” said Babington. “These flagrant violations are only the most recent in a long history of evading Florida law. This pattern of behavior, which includes a $50,000 mystery donor, should not be allowed to continue. I urge the FEC to take action.”
Florida election law requires full disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures so that the public has complete knowledge of who is funding efforts to rewrite the state constitution. Generally, violations of state election law carry a fine of up to $1,000 per violation. The two complaints allege more than 115 specific violations which could carry fines of nearly $120,000 to Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc.
A copy of the complaint is available by visiting www.flchamber.com.