Vito Sheeley fined for sloppy financial records
State House candidate Vito Sheeley this month got slapped with a fine from the Division of Elections for sloppy financial reporting.
The St. Petersburg Democrat blamed the issue on a transition to a new campaign treasurer but doesn’t believe the hiccup will deter his attempt to defeat incumbent state Rep. Wengay Newton this month in state House District 70.
“I was going through a situation where a new treasurer wasn’t up to date on what to file,” Sheeley told Florida Politics. “We needed to get through that, got help on that end, and once the information was updated and ready to go, that was that.”
On Aug. 1, Bureau of Election Records Chief Kristi Reid Willis sent a letter outlining that records due to the state on July 13 did not get filed until July 30. Sheeley was fined $748.45, a levy he must pay from personal funds and not his campaign account.
A report filed with the state shows Sheeley appointed a new treasurer, Sharon Janis, on July 26.
Newton said voters should take note of the oversight.
“Somebody wants to represent you in Tallahassee with $88.7 billion in taxpayer