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Miami-Dade commissioner wants to crack down on PAC $$$ in local races


In her first-ever run for office last year, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava experienced the shadowy world of campaign finance firsthand — thanks to political action committees that supported her opponent.

“It was very difficult, if not impossible, to trace exactly where that money was coming from,” Levine Cava told the Miami Herald on Tuesday, after introducing a proposed county ordinance that would require greater PAC disclosures.

Levine Cava’s legislation is similar — though not identical — to existing state law, which requires state lawmakers, the governor and Cabinet members to disclose if they are affiliated with certain types of political action committees.

“It’s like a local loophole to not have the same requirement be in place for county officials and local municipal officials,” Levine Cava said.

If approved next year, Levine Cava’s new rules would require local political candidates to file reports for any political action committees for which they are fundraising. Those reports would have to “identify each contribution solicited, directly or indirectly, by the candidate, the name of the person or entity contributing the funds … the amount of the contribution, and a description of the relationship between the candidate and the political committee.”

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