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Former PSC member hit with fine

The Florida Commission on Ethics on Friday voted unanimously in favor of fining former State Rep. and Public Service Commission member Rudy Bradley $5,000 for knowingly receiving an ex parte communication from Verizon and then reading it into the record during a PSC meeting. The commission rejected arguments from Bradley's attorney that there was no evidence that Bradley knew a memo came from Verizon. The matter now goes to Gov. Charlie Crist, who must decide whether to impose the fine.

The commission also approved a settlement with former PSC member Brauilo Baez where Baez agreed to pay a $1,169 fine for breaking state law when he dined at a swanky South Beach restaurant courtesy of a lobbying firm whose clients included Florida Power & Light. Bradley has a separate complaint pending against him regarding the same meal.