Berny Jacques makes recommendations for judicial appointments. Do political donations sway his choice?

Berny Jacques will serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission in Pinellas County through 2024. But in the meantime, is he using the position to raise money for his state House run?

A review of contributions shows many of individuals who gave to the Seminole Republican’s campaign in House District 59 were later recommended for spots on the bench. In one case, a contribution was made within hours of the donor being recommended for a circuit court judgeship.

Jacques denies any relationship between campaign contributions and Commission attention.

“That has no bearing on the decision,” Jacques said. “The decision is made collectively

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