Lauderhill commission in disagreement over campaign contributions

Mayor Richard Kaplan

Lauderhill City commission has shot down plans to prohibit campaign contributions from charter officials and city attorneys to candidates competing in city elections. The plan, proposed by city Mayor Richard Kaplan, was rejected by fellow city commissioners as an unnecessary regulation of a non-issue.

The City Commission will now have to revisit the issue, which went before the Florida Bar after County Commissioner Mark Bogen complained that the attorneys had contributed to a political campaign involving one of his opponents.

Vice Mayor Hayward Benson and Commissioner Ken Thurston were both of the opinion that Kaplan was trying to create a problem and then find a solution for it. Benson has openly spoken out against Kaplan’s initial plan, saying that he is unsure as to why this issue needs to be urgently put on the agenda.



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