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Is the candidate responsible for the treasurer's actions?

Abstract Appeal by Matt Conigliaro has this item:

Hey, Legislature! Election law fans will enjoy reading this decision yesterday in State Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla's appeal of $311,000 in fines imposed on him by the Florida Elections Commission in connection with his 1999 senate campaign. The Third District held that a candidate cannot be vicariously responsible for a campaign treasurer's reckless conduct, at least not where the candidate shouldn't actually know of a discrepancy in the treasurer's reports. The court found, however, that candidates can be personally responsible for approving some items, such as ads, that don't meet election law requirements. The court ultimately called on the Legislature to revisit and clarify the law regarding a candidate's certification of campaign reports.

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