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Elections commission investigates Evan Jenne for not returning excessive contributions fast enough

The Florida Elections Commission has found probably cause to fine state Rep. Evan Jenne, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, for waiting more than three months to return five $500 contributions after his treasurer learned that his campaign had already accepted $500 contributions from the companies.

The companies who double-donated to the second term rep: Palma Nova; M. Austin Forman; American Marketing Westport, Ltd.; and National Resource Recovery, and Hartman Tyner.

The FEC decision came at its November 12 and 13 meeting. Also at that meeting, it fined two Tampa Bay legislators, Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, and Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg for campaign violations as well. Justice was fined $1,000 for accepting two $500 checks from Humana before the 2006 primary. Rouson was fined $750 for publishing an ad for a fundraiser that didn't include a disclaimer. State law requires that advertisements say that the purchase of tickets or contributions made at the fundraiser were contributions to the campaign. The complaint also alleges that his political advertisements didn't include a disclaimer saying that the ads were paid for by his campaign. The commission noted that it considers the allegation a minor violation.

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