© 2022 All Rights reserved WUSF
News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Politics / Issues

FL Lawmaker Wants To Block Cabinet From Raising Money During Session

Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach)
Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach)
Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach)
Credit Mark Foley via FL House website
Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach)

A Florida Democrat wants to impose the same fundraising restrictions legislators face each session on the state’s cabinet officials.

Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach) believes if he and his colleagues can’t raise money, the governor, attorney general, CFO and agriculture commissioner should be cut off as well.  Jenne argues cabinet officials have legislative agendas just like lawmakers, and accepting donations while bills are being crafted presents a conflict of interest.  

During the 2017 session, Florida Governor Rick Scott raised about $1 million.  Ag Commissioner and gubernatorial hopeful Adam Putnam more than doubled that. 

And Jenne’s measure may be coming at an opportune moment.  Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran seems to be positioning himself for a gubernatorial bid of his own—approving Jenne’s bill could hamstring Putnam who already holds a big lead in fundraising.

Copyright 2020 WFSU. To see more, visit WFSU.

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.