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Elections commission dismisses complaint against Tampa car dealer

TAMPA — The Florida Elections Commission has dismissed a complaint against car dealer Jason Kuhn, who reimbursed his employees for donations to a 2007 Tampa City Council race.

State law makes it a felony to give multiple campaign contributions to candidate Julie Brown through other people. Kuhn has said he wasn't aware of the law and gave the employees their money back after he learned the contributions might be illegal. The state attorney's office opted last year not to file criminal charges against Kuhn, saying it did not appear he knowingly violated statutes, a requirement for prosecution.

That prompted Tampa resident Richard Reavis to file a complaint against Kuhn with the Florida Elections Commission.

Incumbent Council member John Dingfelder defeated Brown and a second challenger, Joseph Citro, in the election. He has filed to run for the Hillsborough County Commission in 2010. Brown has said she plans to take another shot at the Tampa City Council in the 2011 election.

Elections commission dismisses complaint against Tampa car dealer 12/10/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:20pm]
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