If passed, the order 2020-705 would require advisers to register in a searchable database, as is currently the case by lobbying groups.
Jacksonville, Florida – A bill recently introduced to Jacksonville City Council will require political advisors to record their information and dealings in a searchable database, similar to lobbyists.
If approved, Order 2020-705 That would amend the city’s code of ethics that deals with lobbyists, who can The search has already been done By the general public online. The bill will add political advisers to the law.
“These are the people behind the scenes who are controlling politics,” said House member Garrett Dennis, sponsor of the bill.
Dennis said his goal in introducing the legislation is to increase transparency in the Jacksonville government. He said he believes that a small group of advisors are closely related to a number of lawmakers and officials in the city, and that these ties influence the decision-making process.
“They are very much in control of the message and the legislation here in the city government,” Denise said. “This gives responsibility to the candidates when they are nominated, as well as to advisors.”
He added, “This is not to say that the work of political consultations is bad.” “But you have some advisors who give it a bad name. Let’s see who these clients are.”
Domestically, political advisor Tim Baker ran the campaigns of several Jacksonville City Councilors. Baker, a close ally of Mayor Lenny Carey, was summoned last month as part of the board’s investigation into the failed privatization of JEA.
Florida Times Union I mentioned Baker He had a consulting contract with Florida Power & Light for bidding while also advising JEA on the sale.
Dennis named Baker specifically in debating the bill, saying that Baker’s influence on the board and in the JEA disaster is his concern.
First Coast News has contacted Baker for comment but has not yet heard a response. This article will be updated with a refund if received.
“Political advisors can play a role in the decision of the elected official,” said Virginia Hamrick, a personnel counselor at the US State Department. Florida Foundation First Amendment.
Hamrick initially said the legislation would expand local government openness, allowing the public to see who is funding whom.
She said, “The public will see who is in the sphere of influence and who gives power to his elected official.”
Denise said he hopes fellow councilors will support the bill, but expects opposition.
The legislation is due to be formally presented at a council meeting next week.