Siplin’s Troubles Continue, Must Admit Guilt to Campaign Violations, Pay Fine
Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando), has reached a tentative agreement with the Florida Elections Commission (FEC) over alleged campaign finance violations during his 2008 re-election campaign, thefloridacurrent.com reports.
The settlement provides for Siplin to pay a $3,000 fine and admit to accepting $1,000 from Florida Phosphate CCE, $500 more than the law allows. Siplin must also acknowledge that he certified campaign finance reports, without including the full names and addresses of poll workers who received three separate money orders amounting to $13,000 during the campaign.
The tentative agreement allows Siplin and his wife, Victoria, who is running to succeed her termed-out husband, from being deposed, according to floridacurrent.com. On four separate occasions the Siplins were scheduled to be deposed, but each time the depositions were postponed, shortly before they were due to be taken.
Earlier this week, the senator made headlines when a Florida Times-Union investigation revealed, millions of taxpayer dollars “passed through” Florida A&M University, for a non-profit group with close ties to Siplin.