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For Immediate Release:
December 01, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Board of County Commissioners approves first reading of ordinance to increase campaign finance transparency in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County, FL- Today, the Board of County Commissioners passed on first reading an ordinance that would increase campaign finance transparency and accountability. The ordinance was presented by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and passed first reading 8-3.

The ordinance would require all elected officeholders and candidates to report to the Miami-Dade Elections Department when they solicit funds for a political committee or electioneering communications organization. This is currently not required at the local level and would bring county policy in line with Florida law.

“While I was on my campaign, I consistently heard from residents that they do not vote because they have lost trust in the political process and don’t think that their voice matters. Increased transparency and accountability has been my priority since I ran for office and this legislation is a simple, common-sense step towards a more engaged and informed Miami-Dade. Our entire community benefits when the relationship between citizens and our government is stronger and more participatory,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava.

After receiving the completed form, the Elections Department would publish the reports on their website and provide a link to the relevant municipal reports. The legislation will be discussed in committee and is tentatively assigned to the Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee on January 12th.