‘Ghost’ candidates, dark money wouldn’t be focus of DeSantis’ election security office
Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18, 2021. - MATIAS J. OCNER/Miami Herald/TNS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed election security office would have no authority to clamp down on “ghost” candidates or the dark money groups that support them, according to a Senate proposal that outlined the responsibilities of the new office. Investigators in the new office would be focused on voter fraud — not illegal or unethical behavior by politicians and their campaigns, said state Sen. Travis Hutson, who is sponsoring the Senate’s bill. State prosecutors and the state’s ethics commission are already handling campaign finance violations, Hutson said Tuesday night. “If i...