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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…

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Jose Vazquez says “mental fatigue” caused missed hearing

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Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa blames “mental fatigue” for his missing a hearing in his own lawsuit challenging state Rep. Dan Raulerson‘s re-election this year. Vazquez may have even more on his mind: The Florida Elections Commission now is suing him for unpaid fines levied for campaign finance reporting irregularities from his unsuccessful 2014 campaign. “Something’s wrong in Tallahassee,” he said in a Monday morning phone interview. “I don’t know whether they have something against candidates of the Democratic party or something against Hispanics…

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Florida Dems file election complaint against Donald Trump in Pam Bondi deal

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant filed a complaint Thursday with the Florida Elections Commission charging that Donald Trump violated Florida law with his $25,000 donation to a committee supporting the re-election of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The complaint does not charge Bondi with any wrongdoing. And it doesn’t delve into the relationship between Trump and Bondi. Rather, it deals with what happened later as the money moved around. The elections charge against Trump involves his 2013 Trump Foundation’s…

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Dwight Bullard ordered to pay fines in elections panel case

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The Florida Elections Commission Tuesday ordered state Sen. Dwight Bullard to pay $2,000 in fines for filing faulty campaign finance reports. Bullard, a Cutler Bay Democrat, had been charged with failing to fix incomplete reports in 2013 and 2015 — even after being told how to do so, staff told commissioners. He was given “multiple opportunities to respond” but never did, a commission lawyer said. Bullard did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. Because Bullard knew of the problem and failed to…

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Rick Scott picks Elections Commission members

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Two people were appointed and another re-appointed to the Florida Elections Commission, Gov. Rick Scott‘s office announced Monday. The Commission’s nine members are picked by the governor “from lists of six names provided to him by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the minority leaders of both houses,” according to the commission’s website. Kymberlee Curry Smith, 35, of Cooper City, is the Senate Democratic Leader’s pick. She’s a sole practitioner who received her undergraduate degree…

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South Pasadena resident files elections complaint against Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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A South Pasadena resident has filed an official complaint with the Florida Elections Commission alleging a flurry of election law violations against St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown. In the complaint acquired by SaintPetersblog, James Donelon accuses Wheeler-Brown of violating at least three sections of Florida’s election law, including use of campaign funds, accuracy of reports and petty cash funds allowed. Donelon wrote that Wheeler-Brown used campaign funds for “unlawful living expenses,” certified numerous campaign finance reports, may have violated…

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Gov. Scott announces long list of Tampa Bay-area board appointments

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After the Florida Senate’s inability to consider reappointments by the 2015 Regular Legislative Session sine die, Gov. Rick Scott announced 112 reappointments to various boards and commissions throughout the state, including these from the Tampa Bay region: Board of Athletic Training Brian Hudson, 51, of St. Petersburg, is vice president of sales and marketing for Pyramid Healthcare Solutions. His reappointment is for a term ending October 31, 2018. Board of Directors, Enterprise Florida, Inc. Jesse Biter, 39, of Sarasota, is…

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