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Campaign workers for Miami commission candidate say they were paid in cash

@ChuckRabin

Two women who have done work for the Rev. Richard P. Dunn’s campaign say they were paid in cash — a violation of state election law if true — and that they were not paid as many times as the front-runner for Miami’s District 5 seat claims on his most recent campaign finance report.

Loretta Richards and Regina Jackson told the Miami Herald on Monday that on some of the days they worked for the campaign, usually knocking on doors or handing out fliers, they were given $20 or $30 at the end of the day.

Richards, 52 and unemployed, said she worked for the Dunn campaign for about three weeks until mid October. Jackson, 51 and also looking for work, said she’s been with the campaign for about six months.

“I was paid maybe $150 or $180 altogether, $20 a day, maybe eight times,” said Richards. “I was paid in cash, never a check.”

Dunn’s most recent report filed with the Miami city clerk’s office on Friday shows his campaign paid a group of seven women a total of $18,283.60 in 43 installments between July 1 and Sept. 27.

Except for two occasions totaling $80 in cash, the payments were listed as being paid by check. Each payment is shown as being made to the whole group, not broken out by individual names.

The checks ranged in amounts from a low of $60 on Sept. 5 to a high of $3,000 on Sept. 27.

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