Moonlighting of Florida legislative aides may pose conflicts

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Associated Press
December 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of employees in the Florida Legislature - including the spokesman for House Speaker Richard Corcoran - have been working at jobs outside their taxpayer-paid positions.

While some employees have gone to work as waitresses, tutors, and flight instructors, others have jobs that could raise questions about potential conflicts.

Records show in one instance an aide to a Bradenton legislator was allowed to conduct "social media" work for a consulting company with ties to prominent Republicans such as Adam Putnam, a governor's candidate.

Fred Piccolo, Corcoran's communications director, had worked until recently for a media organization that covers state politics and the Legislature.

Legislative rules require employees to get approval for outside work. An official says Piccolo didn't follow that rule, but that the matter was subsequently addressed and corrected.

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