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It was a Nixonesque moment — a politician asked about questionable campaign tactics — when Michael Grieco told the Miami Herald to “look right into my soul.”

 

Greico, a first-time commissioner elected in 2013, handed in his resignation at City Hall on Oct. 24. He faced a charge of accepting an illegal campaign contribution, but he avoided admitting guilt and said he didn’t do it.

 

State officials this month levied a $110,000 fine against the Republican Party of Florida. The party turned in a campaign finance report dealing with a South Florida House race 11 days late.

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Activists who spent months collecting signatures for an initiative to limit political contributions by people who make their living off of county contracts say county officials are holding up the process to get the initiative on the November ballot.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tried to return a controversial $25,000 donation from Donald Trump's foundation, but it was not accepted, an accountant who works for Bondi said.

The Florida Elections Commission is once again calling foul on State Democratic Senator Dwight Bullard.

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Florida’s campaign finance laws make for a unique governor’s race. In an analysis of television advertising through late September, the Rick Scott and Charlie Crist campaigns hadn’t spent much on TV advertising. Political parties and political action committees known as PACs have done most of the spending.

David Rivera Named Co-Conspirator In Campaign-Finance Violations

Aug 19, 2014
Miami Herald

Miami congressional candidate and ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera was officially named as a co-conspirator Tuesday in federal court when his friend and confederate pleaded guilty to criminal campaign-finance violations.

That defendant, Ana Alliegro, didn’t name Rivera — that was done by a federal prosecutor at the urging of a judge who wanted to know the identity of a man previously identified only as a “co-conspirator.”

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11/05/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an open-phone discussion with journalists Dan Ricker, publisher of the Watchdog Report, and investigative reporter Dan Christensen, who edits the Broward Bulldog. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regaldo appears to be a shoe-in for reelection Tuesday . . . yet has still spent campaign funds as though he were seriously challenged.

New Campaign Finance Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

Nov 1, 2013
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With little more than a year remaining before voters head to the polls in November 2014, candidates face something of a new world: Beginning Friday, they can rake in even more money from contributors to their campaigns.

Some of the biggest changes in a sweeping campaign-finance bill, approved last spring by the Legislature, take effect on Friday.