Miami Judge Fined Over Campaign Loan From Dad

     (CN) – A Florida judge was reprimanded and fined $5,000 for exceeding campaign spending limits through loans from her father.




     The Florida Supreme Court approved the sanction recommendation against Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Yvonne Colodny from the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
     While Colodny was campaigning for her seat on the 11th circuit in 2008, she had listed $125,000 of her campaign funds as loans from herself, when in fact her father made the loans. Campaign spending limits stipulate that candidates must report all loans used for campaign purposes exceeding $500 within 10 days of being elected.
     Colodny admitted that she used the loan “specifically for her use in campaigning for judicial office and was made for the purpose of influencing the results of the election,” according to the ruling.
     The Supreme Court agreed with the commission’s finding that Colodny did not make any intentional misrepresentation and therefore should not face a substantial fine.

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