Board of County Commissioners Approves Expansion of Transparency Legislation
Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted 7-2 to expand legislation increasing campaign finance transparency and accountability. The legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Juan C. Zapata and co-sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, is a companion item to an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Levine Cava and passed by the Board that requires 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. The ordinance approved today will apply the same requirements to solicitations for 501(c)4 organizations and political parties.
"By shining a light on the process of fundraising for campaigns, this legislation will go a long way towards restoring the public's trust in government," Commissioner Levine Cava said.
Both ordinances require elected Miami-Dade County or municipal officers or candidates to file a one-day report within 5 days of initiating solicitation activities. The requirements will take effect January 1, 2017.