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Bullard fined again for failing to file timely campaign reports



The Florida Elections Commission has fined Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, for the second time this year for failing to properly amend his campaign treasurer's reports with the Florida Division of Elections. 

The commission fined Bullard $2,000 for two counts of filing incomplete reports in 2013 and 2014 after the Division of Elections sent him at least six letters asking him to update his reports. Bullard's reports claimed he raised no money for his re-election campaign and he filed the form without a signature. The commission concluded that his actions were a "willful violation" and unanimously agreed to assess the fines.

In May, the commission also fined Bullard $5,000 for five violations from 2013 to 2015 for also filing incomplete elections paperwork.

Bullard, a high school teacher is seeking a second Senate term. He serves as his own campaign treasurer. He said Tuesday that the fines "will be paid" and he takes responsibility for his repeated violations. 

"It has happened to me in the past. It's unfortunate. It's painful,'' he said. "They definitely sent notices out but, between session, the school year and campaigning, my priorities are focused on other things and I missed the deadlines." 




[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 2:31pm]


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