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Miami commission candidate to be fined for late campaign-finance report


As Miami commission candidate Richard P. Dunn II announced a handful of endorsements Wednesday before next week’s runoff election against Keon Hardemon, city elections coordinator Dwight Danie was crafting a letter informing him he would be fined up to $6,000 for the most recent campaign report — due at the beginning of the month but filed 12days late.

Dunn, who was considered a favorite to win the Nov. 5 election, has changed his management team since his surprising second-place showing. He said Wednesday if he receives a letter from the city about the fine he will appeal to the state’s Division of Elections.

“We have a new team working on that now,” he said.

The fine — $500 a day for each late day — is the latest in what is now a laundry list of campaign-finance irregularities the senior pastor at Faith Community Baptist Church is dealing with as he campaigns for the city’s District 5 seat to replace term-limited Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones. Spence-Jones, still popular throughout her district, is a key supporter of Hardemon’s.

The city received Dunn’s most recent report on Tuesday, 12 days past the Nov. 1 due date. It lists contributions of $46,950, but no expenditures.

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