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Miami-Dade commissioner facing recall goes on spending spree with office funds

On the same day voters will decide whether to oust her from office, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas wants to steer nearly a quarter of a million dollars in taxpayer money to her favorite causes.

The $245,000 cash giveaway — totaling more than a quarter of her office budget for the current year — is slated to go to 11 local nonprofit groups and community programs.

The powerful commissioner, whose district includes Hialeah and Miami Lakes, is tapping her office funds to support groups which according to the commission’s preliminary agenda include the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida, the Dan Marino Foundation and St. John the Apostle School.

Seijas, an 18-year veteran of the commission who is facing the toughest political battle of her career, didn’t respond to written questions seeking comment on her decision to dole out the money at an Election Day commission meeting. Full story from Matthew Haggman and Martha Brannigan here.