The Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics was wrong to dismiss complaints against Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis and village landowner Victoria McCullough last week on the grounds that a $4,000 donation that violated the ethics code was inadvertent and unintentional.
The cover story is that Ms. McCullough mailed the check last March to the mayor’s legal defense fund before he was sworn into office on April 9 and before she became a principal of lobbyists, but the check never arrived. The violation occurred when Ms. McCullough wrote a replacement check on July 22. By that time, the mayor had been sworn in, and she had hired a lobbyist to represent her interests before the village council.
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