Times-Union: Rep. Daniels Willing To Say She Filed False Financial Disclosures

Jan 10, 2019

Once again, state Rep. Kimberly Daniels is willing to admit she broke the law, according to our Florida Times-Union news partner.

The Times-Union reports that Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat who has repeatedly faced ethics and elections complaints during her eight years in politics, filed an agreement recently with the state that she would confess to filing false financial disclosures. In return, the agreement says, the commission should refer the case to House Speaker Jose Oliva for any further action.

The statewide ethics commission will meet Jan. 25 to decide whether or not to accept this deal. Oliva and Daniels both did not return a request for comment Wednesday.

Daniels has agreed to admit she filed inaccurate disclosures in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Daniels is perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the Legislature and has been a friend to Republicans in her anti-abortion advocacy and support for religious liberty. She authored a law that guaranteed students could express religious views at school, including by praying before, during and after class. Her most recent bill would require every public school to offer a class on the “objective study of the Bible.”

But ever since her time on Jacksonville City Council, she has also sparked ethics complaints. She previously agreed to pay a $1,500 fine related to a 2015 Florida Election Commission complaint that she illegally used campaign funds on personal expenses. In that case, she agreed that the commission could prove the facts.

A longer version of this story that goes into greater detail about the ethic complaints Daniel’s faced while on City Council is at Jacksonville.com.