Two weeks ago, REDBROWARD shared video footage of Fort Lauderdale Mayor candidate Kenneth Cooper violating electioneering laws at the Coral Ridge Mall early voting location. Cooper, a seasoned Democrat candidate, approached voters at the entrance of the mall in violation of the 150 foot zone determined by Supervisor of Elections officials. A concerned resident confronted Cooper three times before returning with an elections office employee.
Cooper claimed ignorance. One day later, members of Cooper’s campaign mocking the rule in videos posted on Facebook.
Now, Kenneth Cooper appears to be violating another important part of the Florida elections rulebook.
Before accessing the main website, visitors to Kenneth Cooper’s online site are met with a screen asking for a campaign contribution. Visitors are asked how much they want to contribute, if they wish to make it an ongoing contribution and whether they wish to use a credit card, PayPal or Apple Pay.
Just one problem.
Florida law prohibits accepting and using campaign contributions this close to election day.
Appeals for campaign contributions were supposed to end October 29th at midnight. It’s spelled out on page 29 of the Florida candidate rule handbook.
As of October 31, Kenneth Cooper’s official website is asking for campaign money.