GOPer Under Investigation By DOJ And State Bar Over Campaign Finance Violations
Rep. Ross Spano is being investigated by the Florida Bar for his 2018 campaign, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The Federal Elections Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics received complaints that allege Spano illegally loaned his campaign $180,000 with money borrowed from friends, which constitutes a campaign violation.
A Justice Department probe is now looking into the complaints.
Spano has said any violation was a mistake, he did not know the practice was illegal, and he is cooperating with investigators.
“In a recent interview with WTSP-Ch. 10, Spano offered a new explanation for why he took the loans: He saw someone else do it,” the Tampa Bay Times reported. “Spano said he recalled Frank White, one of his opponents in the 2018 Republican primary for Florida attorney general, borrowing $1 million from his wife and giving it to his campaign … [but] the Times reported then that an election expert thought the contribution could be illegal.”
Spano defeated Democrat Kristen Carlson 53 percent to 47 percent in 2018, but faces several Democrats this year, including state Rep. Adam Hattersley, Alan Cohn, and Andrew Learned.