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Dave Aronberg may have broken election law

A Democratic candidate for attorney general is facing questions about whether his campaign skirted Aronberg2 election laws to pay staffers. A former fundraiser for Dave Aronberg received payments from the campaign and a little-known federal political committee called Citizens for Effective Government, according to campaign finance records.

Ryan Hampton, a South Florida-based money man, made more than $10,000 from Aronberg's campaign and $1,000 from the federal committee. The committee — dubbed a 527 under IRS code — was closely tied to Aronberg, a state senator from Greenacres, before it closed shop in April amid questions.

Aronberg's chief consultant, Screven Watson, is listed as the founder, according to federal IRS documents. And Aronberg helped raise money for the committee, which paid three of his campaign staffers. Florida law puts a bright line between federal 527 groups and a candidate's campaign.

 "Can (federal 527) money flow over to the campaigns? No," said Mark Herron, an election law expert.

(Story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:38am]

    

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