Man admits campaign violations
The state Ethics Commission has fined a Seminole man $500 for failing to register and file reports of a political action committee to oppose a Seminole County half-cent sales tax proposal in 2008. The commission on Tuesday announced an agreement was signed in which John Edward Griffin admitted the violations. Griffin formed a committee called "Citizens for Good County Government" to oppose the sales tax measure, according to the agreement. The committee received $1,912 in contributions and spent the same amount. State law requires committees that accept more than $500 in contributions to register within 10 days with the Ethics Commission. The sales tax proposal failed in November 2008.
Some runoff votes certified
The state Election Board certified Tuesday the results from last week's runoff elections. The certified results include provisional ballots and ballots from two voters who used the system for disabled voters. The new numbers didn't change the results and resulted in four additional votes being counted in the only statewide race, the Republican nomination for insurance commissioner. John Doak got three of the votes to 70.6 percent, or 84,573 votes, and John Crawford got the other to for 29.44 percent, or 35,295 votes. The board will meet next week to certify election results in the two Republican congressional races. .