Property Appraiser Lori Parrish refused campaign contributions from employees when she ran for re-election.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has a policy banning political donations.
Yet Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes accepted 25 contributions to her re-election worth up to $4,165 from employees at her office. Although it is a small fraction of her total contributions of roughly $49,000, her opponent David Brown said taking such donations is wrong.
“It’s unethical to take money from the people who work for you,” Brown said. “It can lead to allegations of favoritism in the office.”
“It puts undo pressure on employees,” Parrish said.
Snipes camouflaged that the donors worked for her by not listing the employees’ workplace on the campaign financial forms.
Although the law only requires that the occupation of a contributor be listed on state forms, many other candidates list the workplace to offer voters more transparency. Snipes lists many as “administrator,” technically accurate but not in the spirit of full disclosure.