SARASOTA - The Sarasota GOP and Martin Hyde have been fined for election law violations.

A series of complaints alleging election law violations by former Sarasota City Commission candidate Martin Hyde, the Sarasota GOP and two political committees associated with Sarasota County School Board member Eric Robinson resulted in two settlement agreements Tuesday.

The complaints alleged that Hyde, the Sarasota GOP and the committees chaired by Robinson schemed to get around the prohibition on partisan campaigning by moving money from Hyde to a political committee and ultimately to the party, which paid for a mailer saying the party backed Hyde in the 2017 election.

City elections are nonpartisan and candidates are prohibited from advertising their party affiliations.