North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner Accused of Accepting Illegal Campaign Contribution From City Vendor

(PRN NEWSWIRE)   Myron Rosner, mayor of the City of North Miami Beach, is being investigated by Florida election officials for allegedly accepting more than $20,000 in illegal campaign contributions from a city vendor.

The allegations against Rosner, who is running for re-election, are contained in an official complaint filed April 13, 2011 with the Florida Elections Commission. Stephanie Kienzle, a local civic activist, filed the complaint against Rosner.

The complaint alleges that Rosner received close to $21,000 in bus-bench and bus-shelter advertising for his campaign from Martin Outdoor Media Inc., which rents the benches and shelters from the city in return for a percentage of sales.

The $21,000 figure is based on Martin Outdoor’s published rates for the advertising space provided Rosner, Kienzle wrote in her complaint.

However, the complaint notes that Rosnervastly understated the value of the advertising on his official campaign filing for the first quarter of 2011 (Jan. 1, 2011 through March 31, 2011) — he listed it as a $500 “in kind” campaign contribution from Martin Outdoor.

Under Florida law, contributions to candidates are limited to $500 per entity for each election.

What’s more, the complaint noted that Rosner’s official campaign filing for the period showed that he only had $787.87 cash on hand — so he could not have even paid fair market value for the advertising if he wanted to.

“This is just outrageous,” said Kienzle. “Not only did Mr. Rosner accept more than $20,000 in freebies, he accepted them from a city vendor.”

NOTE: Copies of the complaint and all correspondence with the Florida Elections Commission are available in PDF format from Stephanie Kienzle.

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