Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: CAMPAIGN DONATION RULES AND STATE CRITERIA SOURCES
Agenda Date: 4/13/2005
Agenda Item Number:
DISCUSSION CHANGING CAMPAIGN DONATION RULES TO COINCIDE WITH STATE CRITERIA FOR DONOR SOURCE AND AMOUNT
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
Chairwoman Heyman initiated discussion among the Committee members regarding changing the campaign donation rules to coincide with the State criteria for donor source and amount. She stated Miami-Dade County’s existing legislation limited campaign donations to $250.00 and did not conform to the State criteria of $500.00. Chairwoman Heyman expressed concern that the intent of the County’s legislation had outlived its purpose.
Commissioner Moss stated while he was not opposed to revisiting the issue of campaign donations, he felt the Committee should receive feedback as to how municipalities within Miami-Dade County and other locations within the State regulated campaign donations. He also spoke in support of identifying companies that donated to campaigns of candidates running for office.
Commissioner Jordan concurred with Commissioner Moss’ comments but also suggested the State’s requirement be reviewed while revisiting the County’s existing legislation.
Commissioner Seijas stated she voted against the existing County legislation as it did not identify the companies making contributions to candidates. She noted the County was governed by the Home Rule Charter and did not need to use the State’s guidelines. Commissioner Seijas suggested the existing legislation be amended to the original language of $500.00.
Commissioner Gimenez spoke in support of the County adhering to the State’s guidelines for campaign donations.
Chairwoman Heyman requested that the county attorney prepare appropriate legislation changing the campaign donor source and amount to coincide with the State criteria. She also requested that a workshop on campaign donation rules be scheduled for the May 11, 2005 Committee meeting and that notice be provided to the public, Commissioner Sosa and Elections staff.
Assistant County Attorney Hugo Benitez advised that an ordinance amendment would be prepared.
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