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Proposal to limit outside money in St. Pete elections remains up for discussion

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After hearing from legal experts, St. Petersburg council members agreed to a future discussion about a proposal that would limit donations from so-called super PACs in city elections. Most council members support the idea. But, they were all cautious about the possible financial liability that could hit the city if the proposed ordinance was overturned in court. “Intellectually, I’m there,” Amy Foster said. “Certainly, I’m concerned about risk.” Charles Gerdes was equally cautious, saying, “I need some time to talk…

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Tim Canova political group calls for Florida constitutional amendments on open primaries, redistricting commission in 2018

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Tim Canova wasn’t kidding when he said he was going to stay involved in the political process following his loss to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. The progressive Democrat announced the creation of a political and community action group last month called “Progress For All,” that he said would “will harness the power of our movement.” He now says the group is “making plans” for a series of referendums on the November 2018 ballot, some of which other activists have been working for years to try…

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Activist groups urge support for Darden Rice proposal limiting outside money in St. Pete city elections

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Back in July, St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice proposed an ordinance that would cap donations to political action committees that use money to influence local elections. Her fellow council members voted 6-1 to send her proposal to a committee of the whole for consideration. If it passes that group, it could come back before the city council for a formal vote. Rice’s proposal has gained steam with local activists and, now, on the eve of Thursday’s committee meeting, a…

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Mary Thomas targeted, boosted by late super PAC money in CD 2

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Candidate Mary Thomas was the target and beneficiary of late injections of political action committee money into Florida’s 2nd Congressional District race. The “North Florida Neighbors” super PAC dropped $3,540 into telephone calls intended to boost Neal Dunn, the Panama City urological surgeon fighting Thomas in the GOP primary. Thomas is general counsel to the Department of Elder Affairs under Gov. Rick Scott. Another Republican, former federal prosecutor Ken Sukhia, also is running. A second super PAC, the “House Freedom Action Fund,” spent $29,400 on get-out-the-vote and telephone calls…

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Proposal to limit outside money in St. Pete elections moves to committee

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A split St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday to send a proposal that would limit political action committees’ involvement in municipal election to a committee for discussion. If the idea passes the committee, it would come back to the Council. The proposal, which is the brainchild of Councilmember Darden Rice, is aimed at “super PACs,” political action committees that are allowed to raise an unlimited amount of money from corporations, unions, individuals and associations to influence the outcome of elections. Rice…

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Darden Rice seeks to limit outside political money in St. Petersburg city elections

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Donations to political action committees that use money to influence local elections would be capped under a proposal from St. Petersburg council member Darden Rice. The proposal, as Rice envisions it, would do two things: Cap donations made by corporations and other wealthy contributors to Super PACs and require corporations that donate to the super PACs to certify that they are not foreign companies. The ordinance would apply only to St. Petersburg city elections. The goal, she said, is “to…

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Outside groups deal themselves in for GOP delegate game

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After burning through millions of dollars in a mostly failed attempt to sway Republican primary voters, big-money outside groups opposing Donald Trump have turned to a far smaller target audience: the delegates who will actually choose the presidential nominee. Our Principles, which is devoted to keeping Trump from winning, and super PACs backing Ted Cruz and John Kasich are spending their time and money researching the complex process of delegate selection and reaching out to those party insiders. None of…

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