OPENING A CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT:
Before opening a campaign account, a potential candidate must designate a campaign treasurer, or deputy treasurer and a bank depository. (The candidate can serve as either treasurer or deputy treasurer.) This information must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office before opening a campaign account. Within ten 10 days of opening the campaign account, candidate must file with the City Clerk a “Statement of Candidate-Form (DS-DE-84)” as prescribed by (Section 106.023, F.S.) willful failure to file this form is a first-degree misdemeanor and a violation of Sections 106.19(1) (c), 106.25(3), Florida Statutes.
POLITICAL COMMITTEES & ELECTIONEERING COMMUNICATION ORGANIZATION SOLICITATIONS:
Effective January 1, 2017 and in accordance with Ordinance No. 16-46 and 16-75, codified in Sections 12-14.2 and 12-14.2.1 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, respectively, Miami-Dade County and Municipal Elected Officers, and Candidates must file form MD-ED 28 (attached) to publicly disclose the commencement of fundraising activities for Political Committees, Electioneering Communications Organizations, Political Parties, and/or 501(c)4 organizations. THIS REPORT MUST BE FILED WITHIN FIVE DAYS of commencing solicitation activities, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of said organizations(s).
The South Miami City Commission adopted Ordinance No. 10-91-1475, which limits the maximum allowable campaign contribution of $250.00 to any one candidate by any one person.
The South Miami City Commission adopted Ordinance No. 27-99-1701, which prohibits contributions by vendors; prohibits contributions by vendors and other persons on behalf of vendors to candidates for Mayor or Commissioner of the City of South Miami; prohibits candidates from soliciting or accepting contributions by vendors or other persons on behalf of vendors.
Reports shall be riled on the 10th day following the end of a calendar month from the time the campaign treasurer is appointed, except that if the 10th day following the end of a calendar month occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the report shall be filed on the next following day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
Campaign Treasurer’s Reports must be filed with the City of South Miami City Clerk. Reports must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. of the day designated; however, any report postmarked by the United States Postal Service no later than midnight of the day designated is deemed to have been filed in a timely manner. Campaign Treasurer’s Reports are subject to a fine if designated late, in accordance with Florida Stature 106.07. Failure to file a report on the designated due date shall subject the candidate to a fine of $50 per day for the first 3 days late and, thereafter, $500 per day for each late day; not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. However, for the reports immediately preceding each primary and general election, the fine shall be $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report, as provided in F.S. Section 106.07(8). For a candidate’s termination report, the fine shall be $50 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater for the period covered by the late report. All fines must be paid from the candidate’s personal funds – NOT campaign funds.
The City Clerk will review reports for timeliness of filing. It is the Candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the information contained in the report is true, correct, and in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida.