Florida Attorney General: Pam Bondi (R) / Dan Gelber (D)

Pam Bondi (R)

Prosecutor | Age: 44 | Single | Family: 4th generation Floridian from a family of educators. I have no children | Currently resides in Tampa, FL | Birthplace: Tampa, FL | Education/Degrees: I went to King High School in 1983, received my BA from the University of Florida 1987 and went on to receive my law Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 1990. | Community Involvement: The Junior League of Tampa, Goldberg Criminal Law Inn of Court, The Spring of Tampa Bay Board of Directors (Tampa’s Shelter for Domestic Violence), Frequent community lecturer on subjects involving safety for senior citizens, schools and universities, Florida Bar lecturer on continuing legal education, Founded a program to adopt a local low-income school to provide entire holiday gifts for the entire school, Active in animal rescue, and Annual guest lecturer to Leadership Tampa and Hillsborough
610 S. Boulevard, Suite 102, Tampa, FL 33606
Campaign Phone: Phone: (866) 246-9110
www.pambondi.com
info@pambondi.com

The First District Court of Appeal recently ruled that members of the public have no right under Florida's Sunshine Law to be heard in public meetings that fall within the Sunshine Law provisions. What action, if any, would you take in response to this ruling?
I will be a strong advocate of government operating in the light of day. I believe that broad proposals to exempt information from public record can set a dangerous precedent and erode away the public’s access to government, diminishing our rights and freedoms.

What legal action, if any, will you take in response to the DeepWater Horizon oil disaster?
The Attorney General has an important responsibility to protect the needs and rights of Florida's families, businesses, consumers and our environment. I will aggressively seek just and appropriate compensation for those who have been impacted by the oil spill, in a court of law if necessary.

What changes, if any, would you make in the Medicaid fraud unit, or any other fraud investigation unit?
As a career prosecutor, I have the courtroom-tested experience to protect Floridians from fraud. I will work with our Legislature to ensure that our AG has the appropriate authority and necessary resources to aggressively seek out and prosecute criminals who commit fraud against our citizens.

What changes, if any, would you make in the present organizational structure as it relates to fraud investigation, financial regulation and financial integrity?
I will work to reallocate resources within the office of the statewide prosecutor to focus on all the fraud cases that are on the rise due to our ailing economy. I will also work closely with the State Attorney's Offices and the United States Attorney's Offices to share resources and information.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I believe our Attorney General has the profound responsibilities to defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep our families, seniors, elderly and children safe from crime and must defend our Constitution. My career as a prosecutor has given me the experience necessary to be Florida's Top Cop.
Dan Gelber (D)

Attorney | Age: 49 | Married | Family: Wife: Joan Silverstein Kids: Sophie, 12; Hannah, 9; Max, 6 | Currently resides in Miami Beach | Birthplace: Miami Beach, FL | Education/Degrees: B.A., History, Tufts University J.D., University of Florida | Community Involvement: Big Brothers, Big Sisters program for 26 years, Co-founder of Camp Fiesta, a camp for kids with cancer, 100 Days of Service as part of the campaign
801 Arthur Godrey Road, Suite 300, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Campaign Phone: (305) 538-8373
www.DanGelber.com
dan@dangelber.com

The First District Court of Appeal recently ruled that members of the public have no right under Florida's Sunshine Law to be heard in public meetings that fall within the Sunshine Law provisions. What action, if any, would you take in response to this ruling?
I haven't read the ruling and don't want to comment on something on which I may have to take a legal position. I believe that having open meetings are inadequate if there is not an opportunity for the public to be heard. I have advanced much legislation intended to make government more accessible.

What legal action, if any, will you take in response to the DeepWater Horizon oil disaster?
My first concern is that the crush of litigation doesn't overwhelm the interests of Floridians. I have recommended a legislative agenda to aggressively hold BP accountable. Small businesses and individuals who may lack the ability to file claims should be given needed aid from the state.

What changes, if any, would you make in the Medicaid fraud unit, or any other fraud investigation unit?
For Medicaid fraud, I would ask for more manpower (as more investigators or prosecutors means greater return to taxpayers). I would try to coordinate better with other agencies tasked with enforcement and focus on the kinds of cases that change the behavior in the marketplace.

What changes, if any, would you make in the present organizational structure as it relates to fraud investigation, financial regulation and financial integrity?
I think the AG office needs to take on a greater enforcement mission that up to now was spread over various agencies. The enforcement mission should be primarily with the AG – when you give regulators a dual mission of regulation and enforcement, you make it harder to do both well.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of Florida’s citizens?
I would use my office to aggressively prosecute consumer fraud; and attack waste and abuse in government programs. Additionally, I would partner with agencies with a public corruption mandate. Finally, I would have zero tolerance for public records law violations.
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