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More trouble for April Sheffield

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Just as the story is breaking about April Sheffield’s multiple issues before the Florida Election Commission, another story is developing. Evidently, the origin of Sheffield’s problems with her first website stem from the fact that she did not pay the designer who built the site.  Saint Petersblog has obtained an e-mail from Nick Hinckley, the managing director of Realizing Media, LLC, which outlines how Sheffield stiffed his firm: A few months ago, I was contracted by the April Sheffield campaign…

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How can Mitch Kates not be blamed for another paperwork screw-up by one of his candidates

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***Updated***”Everyone knows in this state we have a resign-to-run law,” said Scott Paine, a political science professor at the University of Tampa. “They really should have caught this.” ***Updated***Linda Saul-Sena’s resignation letter here. Forced to resign her city council seat in haste this morning after failing to submit on time her resign-to-run paperwork, Hillsborough County Commission candidate Linda Saul-Sena find her entire campaign in jeopardy because of sloppy paperwork. Failing to dot the i’s correctly may end up costing Saul-Sena…

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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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Charlie Justice used campaign funds to pay off election fine

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I am the last person who should be writing about screwing up with Florida Election Commission, but… Gary Fineout reports: It turns out State Sen. Charlie Justice, who is running for the congressional seat now held by veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, used donations to pay off a state fine. Justice, D-St. Petersburg, paid $1,000 out of his now shuttered state senate campaign account in Oct. 2008. The money was used to settle a case over the fact…

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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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Florida Election Commission punts Google Ad Words controversy to the Legislature, rules ‘No Probable Cause’ in Scott Wagman case

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The Florida Election Commission ruled there is no probable cause to pursue to charge Scott Wagman with violating Florida election law requiring a political advertisiement to be marked with the appropriate disclaimer. The ruling stems from a complaint I filed against Wagman’s campaign for failing to disclaim a series of Google Ad Words hyperlinks expressly advocating Wagman’s election. The case has drawn national media coverage as well as attention from Florida lawmakers interested in keeping the state’s election laws current…

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