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Florida GOP to appeal $110,000 fine tied to campaign finances

The head of the Republican Party of Florida, Blaise Ingoglia, is appealing $110,000 in fines the party accrued for not filing state campaign finance reports on time for the House District 116 Special Election.

State Rep. Daniel Perez won the seat and filed his report on time detailing $30,950 in contributions from the party, which included polling, research and one campaign staffer. But the Party failed to submit its report to the Division of Elections when it was due on Sept. 22.

The state’s Party claims it did not receive any notification from the Division of Elections that it had not yet filed its report, and that they only became aware of the mistake 11 days after the deadline, when $110,000 in fines had been accumulated.

For state executive committees, the penalty for failing to submit campaign finance reports after the special election has taken place jumps up to $10,000 a day.

“Providing public access to campaign finance information prior to an election is important,” Benjamin Gibson, the counsel for the state’s party, said. “The current instance, though, is not a case where the public was deprived of information prior to the special election, or where the act of omission was intentional.”

A hearing on this case will be held before the Florida Elections Commission on Nov. 28 at the Capitol.

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Ana covers politics and policy Before joining the News Service of Florida she wrote for the Naples Daily News and was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.

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