Miami Herald: Circuit Court Judge William Thomas ruled the union-backed group behind the proposal to ban county contractors and their lobbyists from donating to county candidates followed all the required steps to secure a ballot slot.
"County lawyers promptly appealed Thomas’ decision, setting up a showdown next week before the Third District Court of Appeal in western Miami-Dade."
"An Accountable Miami-Dade, a new political committee, gathered nearly 130,000 signatures after presenting the proposal to commissioners in a spring public hearing. On Wednesday, commissioners voted 9 to 4 to accept the advice of county lawyers and rule the proposed ballot question legally insufficient for what the attorneys called misleading and over-reaching language."
"The proposal would ban vendors, their lobbyists and immediate relatives from giving to most candidates for county offices, and reduce the allowable maximum contribution for all donors from $1,000 to $250. Critics say the changes would benefit unions, which favor candidates with hundreds of smaller donations from individual members. Proponents see the plan as a sensible way to chip away at the conflicts of interest that arise when elected officials rely on campaign money from companies that depend on favorable decisions from those officials."