Florida Judge Leading Vote-Counting Board Donated To Trump 12 Times

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Duval County senior Judge Brent Shore also has placed Trump signs in his yard in violation of the rules.

The local judge heading up Duval County’s vote-counting board in Florida has donated to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and other GOP efforts on numerous occasions, despite rules requiring him to steer clear of political donations, The Florida Times-Union reports.

  • Duval County senior Judge Brent Shore also has plastered his home with Trump signs, which violates the rules as well.

Shore has served as chairman of the canvassing board because of his role as a county judge.

Yet judicial rules bar judges from political donations of any kind.

And canvassing board rules bar members from "displaying a candidate's campaign signs."

  • The judge reportedly first donated to Trump’s campaign in 2016 and “has donated 11 more times since then to Trump for a total of $170.”
  • Shore also has given “$178 in the last two years to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee,” according to the report.

Outside his home, his yard holds a Trump sign and two signs for Republican U.S. Rep. John Rutherford. A Trump-Pence banner hangs from his front window, and four stickers cover the window panels by his front door.

“Americans for the Trump Agenda,” reads one. “Keep the heat on Congress.”

Violating the judicial canons could land Shore, who wouldn't answer questions for this story, in front of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, where judges are prosecuted and even removed from their positions depending on the seriousness of their violations.

  • Shore's wife told The Florida Times-Union that the signs belong to her, not her husband, and she doesn't believe that he made the donations, telling the reporter that the database must be wrong.
  • However, the rules barring Shore from placing political signs in his yard also bar spouses from the same activity, given that any signs would suggest the judge living at the residence supports particular candidates.

Read the full report.

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