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Bryant Miller Olive appeals $50 fine — and loses

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The Bryant Miller Olive law firm lost its appeal of a $50 fine for late-filing one of its lobbying compensation reports. The Florida Commission on Ethics made its decision to enforce the penalty at a Friday meeting. Commissioners, though, were split on whether to waive the fine. Some wondered why the firm was fighting a one-day fine; others asked why commission staff bothered to pursue it. It wasn’t contested, however, that the firm was one day late in turning in its…

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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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