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Ethics complaints dismissed against Jamie Bennett, former campaign manager

The Florida Elections Commission deemed a complaint filed against mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett legally insufficient this week.

St. Petersburg resident Jim Donelon claimed Bennett, a City Council member, gave tickets to the city's suite at Tropicana Field to public officials in exchange for their endorsements and/or donations. Donelon also claimed Bennett reimbursed his campaign manager, Peter Schorsch, but did not report the expenses on his finance report as required by state law. Schorsch used the money to hire protestors to disrupt campaign events held by Bennett's rivals, according to the complaint.

The elections commission said it could not investigate the complaints unless Donelon provided further evidence.

The commission also declared a complaint filed against Schorsch legally insufficient because of insufficient evidence.

Donelon claimed Schorsch had paid a friend to file a false complaint against mayoral candidate Scott Wagman.

Donelon's complaints follow a St. Petersburg Times report in which Schorsch said he and Bennett conspired to sabotage the campaigns of several candidates and influence community leaders with free baseball tickets. Bennett denied the claims.

Ethics complaints dismissed against Jamie Bennett, former campaign manager 05/22/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:55pm]
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