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ORDINANCE NO. 2017-4110 <br /> AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE <br /> CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, AMENDING MIAMI BEACH <br /> CITY CODE CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE VII, DIVISION 5 ENTITLED <br /> "CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM," BY ADDING THERETO SECTION <br /> 2-491 ENTITLED "PROHIBITED LOBBYING BY CAMPAIGN <br /> CONSULTANTS," PROHIBITING CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS AND <br /> CERTAIN AFFILIATED PERSONS OR ENTITIES FROM LOBBYING <br /> CITY COMMISSION FOR 12 MONTHS SUBSEQUENT TO SWEARING <br /> IN OF SUBJECT ELECTED OFFICIAL(S), ESTABLISHING <br /> DEFINITIONS, AND LIMITED EXEMPTION; PROVIDING FOR <br /> REPEALER, SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE <br /> DATE. <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Miami Beach has a paramount interest in preventing corruption <br /> or the appearance of corruption which could result in the erosion of public confidence; and <br /> WHEREAS, corruption and the appearance of corruption in the form of campaign <br /> consultants exploiting their influence with City elected officials on behalf of private interests <br /> may erode public confidence in the fairness and impartiality of City governmental decisions; and <br /> WHEREAS, permitting a political consultant to lobby the City Commission for a certain <br /> period of time immediately following the swearing in of that consultant's former <br /> client(s)/Commission member(s) increases the likelihood of corruption or the appearance of <br /> corruption in the form of quid pro quo sale of official action; and <br /> WHEREAS, prohibitions on campaign consultants lobbying former clients/members of <br /> the City Commission will protect public confidence in the electoral and governmental processes. <br /> It is thus the purpose and intent of the Miami Beach City Commission in enacting this Ordinance <br /> to prohibit campaign consultants from exploiting or appearing to exploit their influence with City <br /> elected officials on behalf of private interests. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY <br /> COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA: <br /> SECTION 1. That Miami Beach City Code Chapter 2, Article VII, Division 5 entitled <br /> "Campaign Finance Reform," is hereby amended by adding the following City Code section 2- <br /> 491 entitled"Prohibited Lobbying by Campaign Consultants"to read as follows: <br />