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Tallahassee can’t investigate Gillum’s potential misuse of state funds.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 20, 2017, 11 a.m.

State Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mis­sion­er Adam Put­nam (R) “ap­peared to skirt state elec­tion law Wed­nes­day when his Twit­ter ac­count mis­takenly pos­ted a mes­sage that bore an ‘Adam Put­nam for Gov­ernor’ logo — even though he’s not an of­fi­cial can­did­ate yet. … Un­der state elec­tion law, people can’t make a cam­paign ex­pendit­ure un­til they be­come a can­did­ate.”

Con­sult­ant Justin Hol­lis: “The im­age was in­ad­vert­ently pos­ted by our di­git­al part­ner. We im­me­di­ately asked for it to be re­moved.” (Politico)

ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT. Tal­l­a­hassee’s “in­de­pend­ent eth­ics board doesn’t have the au­thor­ity to in­vest­ig­ate ‘mis­use of po­s­i­tion’ of its of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees, and has even less teeth than the state Com­mis­sion on Eth­ics, an at­tor­ney for the board told mem­bers this week. … Speak­ing be­fore the board Tues­day, Butzin re­ferred to what he called the ‘ele­phant in the room,’ — pub­lished re­ports about” Tal­l­a­hassee May­or An­drew Gil­lum’s (D) “use of city funds to buy a soft­ware pro­gram from a Demo­crat­ic Party vendor to email po­ten­tial donors and sup­port­ers of his gubernat­ori­al cam­paign.” (Tal­l­a­hassee Demo­crat)

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