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Hasner’s ethics agreement accepted, leaving at least one Democrat steamed

by John Kennedy | September 9th, 2011

The Florida Commission on Ethics accepted an agreement Friday with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner, who acknowledged that he failed to submit his 2010 state financial disclosure form on time.

Hasner, a former House majority leader from Delray Beach, left the Legislature last November, but still was required by law to submit his disclosure statement for that year. Hasner said the form had been sent to him by certified mail from the Legislature, but was returned as “unclaimed” in error by the Post Office.

Hasner turned in his 2010 form within a month of being notified that it was missing.  But a Palm Beach County Democratic activist, Diana Demarest, filed an ethics complaint against Hasner and Friday said “he still thinks he’s above the law.”

As part of the legal stipulation with Hasner, Friday’s public report is likely to prove the only punishment leveled against the candidate. The commission can only recommend fines or other penalties. But final action against a former representative would come from the House, which has shown no interest in pursuing the matter.

Hasner is among four top Republicans seeking the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Neither Hasner nor his attorney attended Friday’s hearing. A spokesman for the campaign also denied comment on the outcome.

Demarest, a political consultant who openly supports Nelson, said she was unhappy with the commission’s action. “These guys leave office and just blow off doing what they’re supposed to do,” Demarest said.

Hasner is the latest in a recent string of legislators running afoul of financial disclosure laws.  Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, who dropped out of the U.S. Senate race earlier this summer, was admonished last spring by the Senate for failing to fully disclose details about his finances from 2004 through 2008.


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7 Responses to “Hasner’s ethics agreement accepted, leaving at least one Democrat steamed”

  1. PBC since '44 Says:

    If it was returned by the Post Office as “Unclaimed” it probably wasn’t due to error. It means that a notice was given when delivery was attempted–either at a business or residence or placed in a Post Office Box.

    And the recipient FAILED to go to the Post Office and pick it up.

    ERROR on Hasner or his staff.

  2. Josh Burgin Says:

    Hasner missed a discloser filing date. He was no long in office and when contacted about it he quickly and properly corrected it.

    A democrat and political consultant openly supporting Nelson is upset not because Hasner failed to complete the state required paperwork, but because Hasner represents a threat potentially to her income and her values. This is standard political gamesmanship.

    Nelson has stood with Obama, Pelosi and Reid on virtually ever major issue over the past few years; the government healthcare takeover, wasteful stimulus spending, etc.

    Adam Hasner is a mainstream conservative who will work to bring balanced budgets, strong foreign policy and commonsense back to our Federal Government.

    Adam Hasner for US Senate!

  3. DavidW Says:

    Big surprise @ Josh! Nelson voted with Democrats. Duh. Show me how often Hasner voted with Democrats while he was in the state house. Now who’s talking “political gamesmanship.”

  4. Searcher Says:

    Adam Hasner is a CAREER POLITICIAN trying for the Big Leagues, but he can’t even follow the rules in a little election. Do we really want to have another Tea Party clone in office? Haven’t they already done enough, lowering our CREDIT RATING just for political points? I think so………

  5. Furnari Wannabe Says:

    Diana Demarest is trolling for a new campaign. Her success with Tom Ramiccio for LW Mayor (Rep) and John Cohen for WPB Commission (NPA) were huge successes to the residents of Palm Beach County (thank you for making them both unelectable).

    I hope she is the campaign manager for Sen Nelson too. The Furnari Play Book is attack the credibility of the ones who pose a threat. Funny that the PBP refers to you as a Dem Activist. We are awake and we don’t “sweat” the small stuff. Poke away, we’ll see you in DC in January 2013.

  6. Carrie Says:

    Searcher Says: Adam Hasner is a HACK REPUBLICAN CAREER POLITICO trying out for the Big Leagues

    But but he can’t even follow the rules in a little election.

    Do we really want to have another Tea Party clone in office?

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh The TTurd Party

  7. Carrie Says:

    Speaking of the TTURDS….

    Judson Phillips, the leader of the Tea Party Nation who already made some controversial comments about ” only letting property owners vote” is at it again!

    Chief Wing-nut who claim not to be a bigot is now singling out the “top five liberal hate groups” for distinction.

    The lucky winners to have made his list include:

    the Southern Poverty Law Center

    the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    the ACLU

    the SEIU : Service Employees International Union

    the NAACP

    Claiming that too often conservative groups are defined as “bigoted hate groups”

    So Phillips is eager to return the favor.

    Angry with the DHS for its failure to secure the border, inept airport security measures and for its “silly political posturing from the most corrupt regime in the history of this country,” the insults from Phillips just keep flying.

    He calls Secretary Janet Napolitano “the DHS Clown in Chief,” and claims DHS invades privacy of Americans while not going after terrorists.

    As for the ACLU, he sums up their hatred accordingly: “If you hate America, the ACLU loves you and if you love America, the ACLU hates you.”

    Regarding the NAACP, Phillips doesn’t like their eagerness to label their opponents as racists.

    Possibly Phillips’ over-the-top critical comments of these groups is an attempt to demonstrate the ridiculousness of insulting people while claiming to be a moderate republican with just causes but disagree with them and see what happens?????

    Or maybe he just Loves America but hates Americans????/

    TO ANSWER “Searcher question…” Do we really want to have another Tea Party clone in office? ”

    NO…and I mean Heck No!

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