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Former lawmakers Reggie Fullwood, Dwight Bullard fined for campaign violations

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The Florida Elections Commission found Tuesday that former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood had committed 17 violations of Florida’s campaign financial disclosure rules and fined him $1,000 on each count — a total of $17,000.

The case involved failure to disclose more than $17,000 in contributions to Fullwood’s 2014 campaign, and to disclose contributions worth more than $13,000.

Additionally, his bank records showed $2,600 in expenditures not reflected in his campaign documents, according to the commission’s legal staff.

The commission voted unanimously on its findings after practically no debate. Commission member Joni Alexis Poitier recused, saying Fullwood had once carried a bill naming a highway after a relative and she wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Fullwood did not appear during the hearing. On Feb. 7, he was sentenced to time served and house arrest on federal wire fraud and tax charges.

Also on Tuesday, the commission imposed a $1,000 fine on former state Sen. Dwight Bullard for failure to file a campaign disclosure form on time. Bullard also skipped the hearing.

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Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.

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