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UPDATED Suspended Homestead mayor arrested over campaign finance violations

By Lidia Dinkova

After Steve Bateman was reelected Homestead mayor in 2011, he threw himself a party.

Two years later, he is paying for it.

On Friday, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office arrested Bateman, charging him with breaking state election law with some of his post-election expenditures.

The state attorney stayed tight-lipped about the charges, saying only that Bateman faces seven misdemeanor counts for allegedly spending campaign contributions illegally. The expenditures took place from Nov. 6 to Dec. 23 in 2011, according to the state attorney.

“Whoop-de-doo!” Bateman said to emphasize that he did nothing wrong. “I am allowed to spend campaign money to buy my campaign workers lunch. It’s all very innocent, and they are reaching out to poke at me.”

More here.

This post has been updated.