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Sens. Klein and Miller cleared



The state Commission on Ethics has dismissed complaints against Democratic state Sens. Ron Klein and Les Miller, saying there was no legal support for the allegation. The decision was released Wednesday.

The complaints were filed by Alan Bergstein, an unsuccessful candidate for Palm Beach County Commission and member of the Boca Raton Republican Club. He accused the men of violating state law by transferring $55,904 from the Democratic Florida Senate Victory fund to the Senate minority office.

"None of the allegations in the complaint indicate that the respondent received anything of any personal benefit to him from any of the contributions," reads the dismissal report.

Democrats said the move was nothing more than dirty tricks in an election year. Klein, of Boca Raton, and Miller, of Tampa, are running for Congress.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:09pm]


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