Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dania Beach Activist Makes a Difference

David Clark is an activist in Dania Beach who has been working to get his city to change how campaigns are financed.  After a lot of hard work, he got an ordinance he initiated passed by the commission.  The commissioners were not happy about it; basically they were shamed into passing it. 

At the meeting they pontificated with the usual noise about how nothing that they are given changes how they vote yadda, yadda, yadda.   Anyone with even a few functioning brain cells knows that if donations didn’t influence commissioners there wouldn’t be any corporate or lobbyist donations.  Duh!

Well done David!!!

Here’s what it does:

“The attached Ordinance would only permit natural persons to make contributions to any candidate for the office of Mayor or City Commissioner. 

The Ordinance would prohibit all entities and organizations (including, but not limited to, corporations, LLC’s, sole proprietorships, banks, labor unions, political committees and unincorporated associations) from making campaign contributions to any candidate for the office of Mayor or City Commissioner. 

Additionally, the Ordinance would make it unlawful for any candidate for the office of Mayor or City Commissioner to accept contributions from any entity or organization. 

Definitions have been included to further define the entities and organizations that are prohibited from making campaign contributions to candidates for local office.” 

 (From a memo to the commission from David M. Wolpin and Anthony Soroka on behalf of Weiss Serota Helfman law firm.)
To read the entire ordinance go to: and click on the items on the very top of the page. 

1 comment:

  1. Bett one of Dania's commissioners in his 2009 election to the Dania City Commission got $51,700 total campaign contributions.Of the total amount $46,425 came from businesses and individuals outside of Dania.This is almost 90% outside money coming into his campaign.In his re-election campaign for 2012,in the second quarter of this year he got $12,045 of which $10,145 was outside business and outside individual contributions for a grand total of 84% outside money.This same commissioner was the most vocal at trying to kill my bill.This is all public knowledge on the Dania Beach web-site in the city clerks section.