According to Vero Beach City Clerk, Tammy Bursick, and Indian River County Supervisor of Elections, Leslie Swan, where political action committees and electioneering communications organizations are to register and report their financial activity depends on the elections and/or issues in which they are involved. Clean Sweep For A Brighter Tomorrow, a PAC funded by Florida Power & Light and by a few dozen John’s Island residents, appears to be skirting, if not violating these reporting requirements. The PAC has raised a total of $106,000.
According to Bursick, PACs and ECOs involved only in Vero Beach’s municipal elections, are to register with and report to the City Clerk’s Office. If these groups are involved in municipal elections, and also in countywide races and issues, they are to register with the Supervisor of Elections. However, if a PAC or ECO seeks to influence the outcome of elections beyond a single county, they are to register with and report their financial activity to the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections.
Clean Sweep For a Brighter Tomorrow, better known by its slogan, “Flip the Switch for a Brighter Tomorrow,” is a PAC focused exclusively on Vero Beach’s municipal election. The group’s stated goal is to “sweep” into office three candidates, Laura Moss, Lange Sykes and Norman Wells, who have pledged to support Shores leaders and FPL in their effort to acquire Vero Electric’s Shores customers for $30 million. Three other candidates, Sharon Gorry, incumbent Randy Old, and Tony Young have all said they would support the proposed partial sale, but not at $30 million. They believe a team of five independent utility experts are correct in assessing that it will take $47 million to partition and downsize Vero Electric without the move leading to higher rates for the remaining customers.
By registering with and reporting to the Florida Division of Elections, rather than with the City Clerk’s office, Clean Sweep For a Brighter Tomorrow, chaired by local attorney, Dan Stump, has managed to avoid having its contributions and expenditures presented on the City’s website, where all other campaign finance reports are made available for public review.
In addition to being supported by Clean Sweep For a Brighter Tomorrow, Moss, Sykes and Wells have received a total of $63,350, nearly all of it from Indian River Shores residents.
Following is a link to page on the Division of Elections website listing Clean Sweep For a Brighter Tomorrow’s financial activity. http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/cgi-bin/TreSel.exe