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Officials push deadline for disclosing finances

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Seven state lawmakers were among more than 600 state and local officials and employees testing a two-month grace period to file personal financial disclosure forms. Fines of $25 a day start to be imposed Saturday for those who don’t file or get their annual reports in the mail and postmarked Friday. Officials faced an initial July 3 deadline but were given until Sept. 1 to comply.

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Ethics panel could approve ex-Rick Scott official’s consulting work

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Can Melinda Miguel, formerly Gov. Rick Scott‘s inspector general, do consulting work involving a nonprofit doing business with the state’s child-welfare agency if she worked on a whistleblower’s report against that same concern? Yes, according to a staff recommendation of the Florida Commission on Ethics released Wednesday. The commission is scheduled to consider the opinion at its next meeting.

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Joe Negron’s personal wealth nears $1 million

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Senate President Joe Negron‘s net worth is now over $950,000, according to a financial disclosure filed last week with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Negron’s net worth as of Dec. 31, 2016 was $952,634, his filing shows. That’s up 15 percent from his 2015 reported worth of $828,646. As income, he listed $278,887 from the Gunster law firm and his $28,502 pay as a state lawmaker. In January, Negron—a Stuart Republican—quit Gunster, saying his decision was spurred by its representation of…

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Adam Putnam’s net worth now $8.7 million, report shows

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, also a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, on Friday posted an $8.7 million net worth, according to his financial disclosure filed with the state. Putnam’s form was received Friday by the Florida Commission on Ethics. The latest filing shows Putnam’s worth rising incrementally from $7.2 million in his 2013 filing, the earliest still available on the commission’s website. Assets include his 20 percent stake in Putnam Groves, his family’s citrus business in Bartow, valued at…

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Outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater reports $2.5M net worth

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has reported a $2.5 million net worth for 2016, as part of his annual financial disclosure statement. Atwater, a former banker whose last day in office is Friday, filed his disclosure with the Florida Commission of Ethics earlier this week. He’s leaving to become chief financial officer for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. New CFO Jimmy Patronis was sworn in Friday. The disclosure shows that his worth has gone up from his 2013 filing as…

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Pam Bondi’s net worth rises to $1.7 million, report shows

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Attorney General Pam Bondi has reported her latest net worth at nearly $1.7 million, according to her 2016 financial disclosure filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Her net worth now has risen from the $1.4 million reported in 2015 and from the almost $781,000 she reported for 2012, the earliest disclosure still publicly available on the commission’s website. Bondi’s reported worth was a little over $472,000 in 2010 when she first ran for office. Her net worth jumped significantly in…

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Ethics Commission clears Pam Bondi over Donald Trump contribution

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Florida’s ethics commission is throwing out complaints filed against Attorney General Pam Bondi over her decision to ask Donald Trump for a contribution to help her re-election campaign. The Florida Commission on Ethics on Friday voted to reject several complaints filed against Bondi by a Massachusetts trial attorney. One of the complaints questioned Bondi receiving a contribution around the same time her office was being asked about a New York investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University. Bondi asked for…

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