Jacksonville, FL — The Florida Elections Commission has found probable cause to believe Jacksonville Democratic State Representative Kimberly Daniels violated state Election Code through three offenses.
FEC staff recommended to the Commission that there was probably cause last March, and the FEC formally heard the case February 28, 2017, and issued its finding.
The allegations stem from when Daniels was a candidate seeking re-election to City Council in 2015. The complaints include that Daniels used campaign funds “to defray normal living expenses”, falsely reported or deliberately failed to include information on at least one campaign report, and made or authorized a payment prohibited by Florida statute.
The limited documentation released on the case at this point shows the complaint filed against Daniels stated she used $4,000 in campaign finances to pay for advertising in Shofar Magazine, but the advertisement was for Daniels’ ‘Demon Dictionary’, instead of for a political purpose. An article written by Daniels was also placed in the magazine, but neither spread had a political disclaimer showing that it was political advertisement.
The order of probable cause says Daniels can elect to resolve the case with a consent order, request an informal hearing, or request a formal hearing.