Q&A2018-11-01T10:55:26+00:00

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A political committee is a group of people who support candidates and issues. While political committees can also support political parties, our city elections are nonpartisan. The State of Florida defines a Political Committee as two or more individuals that, in an aggregate amount in excess of $500: (1) Accepts contributions for the purpose of making contributions to any candidate, political committee, affiliated party committee or political party; (2) Accepts contributions for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or issue; (3) Makes expenditures that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate or issue; or (4) Makes contributions to a common fund, other than a joint checking account between spouses, from which contributions are made to any candidate, political committee, or political party.

For more information on Political Committees in Florida, here is a link to the Political Committee Handbook (2018): http://dos.myflorida.com/media/699280/political-committee-handbook-2018.pdf.

We first decided to form Citizens for a Better Pompano Beach to help educate voters on this past March’s voter referendum on Pompano Beach’s general obligation bonds, which overwhelimgly passed in a two-to-one landslide. With that vote, the residents of Pompano Beach showed they wanted to see the city continue to flourish, and we couldn’t agree more. Citizens for a Better Pompano Beach will now help educate voters on the issues and candidates for this November’s general election.

While there are a myriad of issues that candidates must face and address leading up to November’s election, below please find a non-exhaustive list of the issues that Citizens for a Better Pompano Beach believe are paramount to see Pompano’s continued success:

  • Implementation of $180 million of bond projects;
  • Smart, sustainable development;
  • Lack of workforce and affordable housing; and
  • Homelessness.

Citizens for a Better Pompano Beach was formed by a group of Pompano Beach residents and property owners to support efforts to keep our city moving in a positive direction. You can more about our Executive Committee and how we got started here.

If seeing our city continue its progress is a special interest, yes. If wanting to improve the quality of life for all Pompano Beach residents is a special interest, yes. If working to ensure those who are elected to serve our city maintain a heightened level of respect for Pompano Beach’s residents and businesses is a special interest, yes. To learn more about our interests, click here.

Yes. CBPB initiatives support the well-being and future economic stability and prosperity of the city and all of its residents and local businesses. Those initiatives include quality of life issues, parks and recreation, public safety, infrastructure, and good policy that helps to keep Pompano Beach moving forward in a positive direction.

Citizens for a Better Pompano Beach has endorsed the following candidates:

Mayor: Rex Hardin
District 1: Andrea McGee
District 2: Rhonda Eaton
District 3: Tom McMahon
District 4: Ed Phillips
District 5: Barry Moss

You can read more about our endorsements here.

Yes. We welcome contributions from residents, property owners, and businesses who support the issues we support and want to see continued progress in Pompano Beach. Click here to make a donation.

CBPB welcomes residents to volunteer to help us with informing their neighbors about Pompano Beach’s progress and the need to support candidates and issues that help Pompano Beach to move forward. Send us an email and let us know how you would like to get involved.

No. Unlike when contributing to a candidate, there is no limit to how much you may contribute to a Political Committee. As a Political Committee, we must report and make available to the public all contributions, expenditures, loans, disbursements, and transfers, regardless of amount, in accordance with the Florida Division of Elections.

According to the IRS, contributions made to candidates or political committees are not tax deductible.

No. Florida law does not exclude or prohibit companies who do business with local governments entities from contributing to Political Committees. Further, CBPB welcomes support from donors who believe in our mission and goals, including businesses and residents.

No. The City of Pompano Beach has a procurement and project management process that operates independently of any and all external parties, including CBPB. There are some candidates running for office who would like Pompano Beach residents to believe otherwise. It simply is not true.

Yes, CBPB has hired local residents to help canvas neighborhoods, promote our mission, and provide services on Election Day in support of the Pompano G.O. Bond referendums in the March 2018 election.

No. Florida law does not prohibit Political Committees from paying people to help promote its mission and issues. In fact, it is common practice to employ this grassroots approach to issue-based initiatives and elections in general.

No. There are hundreds of Political Committees or organizations that operate Political Committees in the state of Florida for various reasons, including (but not limited to) the Broward Teachers Union, Broward County Professional Paramedics & Firefighters, local and state unions, and more. To learn more about Political Committees in Florida, visit http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/frequently-asked-questions/faq-political-committees/. Or, to search Florida’s Political Committee database, visit: http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/committees/.

It is common practice in Florida and across the United States to hire a lawyer skilled in the legal and ethics laws that govern Political Committees. Additionally, managing a Political Committee is not an undertaking that should be done without proper legal advice. CBPB has acquired the skill set of a reputable lawyer who is familiar with setting up and operating a Political Committee to ensure CBPB’s approach is ethical, transparent, and legal.

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