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Stop stealing our video, Florida Channel says

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The Florida Channel wants you … to stop stealing its videos. A new disclaimer began popping up Friday under the channel’s online video feeds: “Programming produced by The Florida Channel CANNOT be used for political, campaign, advocacy or commercial purposes!” It adds: “ANY editing, embedding or distribution without permission is strictly PROHIBITED. Direct linking to complete video files is permissible, except in the case of political campaigns.” Florida Channel executive director Beth Switzer on Monday explained the “terms of use” reminder…

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Florida’s new political ad law could drive dollars online

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A recently signed Florida law dealing with political ad disclosure could drive more online ad dollars from state and local candidates and other groups to Google, Facebook, and other Web ad sellers. While most states have yet to craft rules about disclosure of payment for search, display, or social network ads, Florida’s new rules allow political candidates to run all sorts of online ads without including a “paid for by” style disclaimer. “Political advertisers on the state and local level…

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Florida’s new political ad law could drive dollars online

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A recently signed Florida law dealing with political ad disclosure could drive more online ad dollars from state and local candidates and other groups to Google, Facebook, and other Web ad sellers. While most states have yet to craft rules about disclosure of payment for search, display, or social network ads, Florida’s new rules allow political candidates to run all sorts of online ads without including a “paid for by” style disclaimer. “Political advertisers on the state and local level…

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I file my first Election Complaint against Brian Blair, Douche Canoe

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It didn’t take me long to find several instances where Brian Blair, candidate for Florida House District 47 and a Douche Canoe, ran afoul of Florida election law. So, today, I filed my first complaint with the Florida Election Commission, this time for Blair not using the right disclaimer on an invitation to a campaign fundraiser.To read more about Brian Blair, Douche Canoe, please visit my new blog Brian Blair is a Douche.

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Ethics Commission finds probable cause that Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering baseball tickets. But will the Times get the story right?

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At its December meeting, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that St. Petersburg City Councilman Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, provided by the City, for the benefit of his campaign: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary purpose for distributing at least some of the tickets was for garnering political support…

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Elections complaint against St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman dismissed

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The Florida Election Commission has decided that Internet ads used by mayoral candidate Scott Wagman this summer didn’t violate election rules, though the group is recommending that lawmakers clarify how old campaign laws should apply to new media. A complaint had been filed with the commission claiming Wagman’s ads violated elections law because they didn’t include disclaimers declaring them “political advertisement paid for and approved by Scott Wagman for mayor.” The candidate said there wasn’t room on those small, hypertext…

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Charles Darwin for Mayor of St. Pete?

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Of course, this sign doesn’t have the proper disclaimer.

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