Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava's legislation requiring political fundraising disclosure passes committee, heads to Board of County Commissioners
The Miami-Dade Strategic Planning and Governmental Operations Committee unanimously approved Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava’s ordinance requiring greater campaign finance transparency. The Board of County Commissioners will have the final vote on the ordinance in February.
If adopted, the ordinance would require all elected officeholders and candidates in the county to report to the Miami-Dade Elections Department or the clerk of their municipality when they solicit funds for a political committee or electioneering communications organization. The Elections Department would publish the reports online and provide a link to municipal reports.
“I directly experienced the consequences of undisclosed campaign funding on my own campaign and restoring public trust has been my priority since I ran for office. This has motivated me to deliver solutions on this issue, and empower residents to play a direct role in our democracy and our government. My legislation is a simple, first step to reducing barriers between citizens and their government and it ensures that information is in the hands of the people. When residents believe they have a voice, they are more likely to get involved in building a community that works for us all,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.
Under the new ordinance, candidates and officeholders would file a simple Statement of Solicitation form when they fundraise for a political committee or electioneering communications organization. This is currently not required at the local level and would bring the county’s regulations in line with state law.