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[Updated] Broward County Reports Sen. LeMieux Did Not Disclose Financial Interests During Time on Lauderdale Board

UPDATE / CORRECTION The post below was based in part on conversations with the Fort Lauderdale City Clerk's office, which now says that members of the advisory board were obligated to file financial disclosure forms because that board did not have financial responsibilities. As such, LeMieux was not required to financial disclosure forms.

This month Fort Lauderdale native George LeMieux became Broward County's first U.S. Senator, but his public service to the region can be traced to much more humble beginnings. Between 1999 and 2001, LeMieux served on the Fort Lauderdale Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board.

The experience, it seems, is not one that LeMieux feels inclined to brag about -- it doesn't appear on most of the bios released in advance of his appointment to the senate. Apparently, LeMieux also didn't bother filing mandatory financial disclosure forms in connection with his role on that board.

The point of the disclosure forms, of course, is to monitor a city official's personal interests with his public duty -- in this case, advising the city as to how best to spend its resources in Fort Lauderdale Beach. An official with the Broward Supervisor of Elections could find no disclosure forms under LeMieux's name.

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Thomas Francis

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