Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ethics Panel Weighs Rules on Campaign Disclosures; Brown and Curry Political Committees Have Different Frequency Requirements

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ethics Panel Weighs Rules on Campaign Disclosures; Brown and Curry Political Committees Have Different Frequency Requirements

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Byline: David Bauerlein

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission debated but took no action Monday on whether it will ask a political committee supporting Mayor Alvin Brown to disclose its contributions more frequently than required by state law.

The political committees supporting Brown and his challenger Lenny Curry are where the big bucks have flowed in the mayor's race. Each committee has raised more than $1.6 million. State law lets individuals give unlimited amounts of money to political committees, so donors can cut large checks to committees in support of their favored candidates.

The political committees are separate from the candidates' campaign accounts. Individual contributions are capped at $1,000 to the candidates' campaigns. The campaigns for Brown, Curry and all local candidates are filing their reports weekly.

But the reporting schedules differ for the political committees.

Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level, which supports Brown's re-election, is a political committee registered with the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee. According to state law, it must report contributions on a monthly basis.

The most recent report listing contributions to that committee goes through the end of February. The report for its activity in March won't be due until April 10.

In contrast, Together for a Greater Jacksonville, which supports Lenny Curry's bid for mayor, is a political committee registered with the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

Based on state law, that committee must file finance reports every week because it's registered at the county level. Its next report is due at the end of this week for contributions through this Thursday.

As a result, voters casting ballots in next Tuesday's election can get more up-to-date information about the political committee supporting Curry than they can about the committee backing Brown. …

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