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Donors violate Miami Beach’s campaign finance laws, but face no discipline

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Former Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco derailed his political ascent by getting involved with a committee secretly raising money for his failed mayoral bid. Yet, lobbyists and vendors that built up the PAC’s $200,000 war chest have not faced any consequences despite a city ban designed to stop them from contributing to local candidates and political action committees if they do business with Miami Beach government.
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David Smith starts Florida House run with $25K loan; David Santiago, Mike La Rosa raise $21K

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Republican candidate David Smith has started his run for Florida House District 28 with a personal $25,000 loan to his campaign.
Smith, of Winter Springs, is running to replace state Rep. Jason Brodeur, who is term-limited out in 2018, in a district that covers east Seminole County.
The former Marine colonel and modeling and simulation business consultant faces student Devin Guillermo Perez, who reported no campaign money through the end of February, in the latest information filed with the Florida Division of Elections and posted Friday.
Smith raised more than $200,000 in a failed primary challenge to then U.S. Rep. John Mica

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Jason Brodeur raises nearly $400K in 2020 Florida Senate bid, then gives $165K back

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur had a very, very good fundraising month in February in his campaign for Florida Senate District 9 in the 2020 reelection, raising nearly $88,000 in his campaign account and another $318,000 in his independent political committee – but then gave much of it back.
“We worked real, real hard,” Brodeur, of Sanford, stated in comments to FloridaPolitics.com, adding that his PAC, Friends of Jason Brodeur, is going to report in April that it raised another $100,000 in the first few days of March before the Legislative Session started and shut down all fundraising.
However, a big

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Paul Paulson seeds state ag commissioner campaign with $120K

Monday, February 13th, 2017
Orlando businessman and former lawyer Paul Paulson has seeded his campaign to run for Florida Agriculture Commissioner in 2018 with a $120,000 personal loan.
Paulson, a state committeeman with the Orange County Republican Party and 2015 candidate for Orlando mayor, entered the agriculture commissioner race in late December, seeking to succeed fellow Republican Adam Putnam, who is term-limited out at the end of 2018.
Republican state Sen. Denise Grimsley of Lake Placid also has entered the race.
New campaign finance reports posted by the Florida Division of Elections show he lent his campaign $120,000 in January. He also spent $32,000, with $18,000

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George Soros spends $1.8 million in Florida local races; backs four winners, two losers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Billionaire New York Democratic campaign financier George Soros‘s interest topped $1.7 million in Central Florida politics and $1.8 million statewide this year as he financed independent campaigns that helped three Democrats win local or state legislative races while three others he backed lost.
Soros’ biggest investment came early, backing Aramis Ayala to the tune of $1.38 million in TV commercials and mailers provided by his Florida Safety & Justice political action committee to fuel her winning long-shot bid upsetting incumbent State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit in August. Ashton was overwhelmed by the campaign, most of it attack ads,

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Loranne Ausley outraises Jim Messer more than 3-to-1

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Democrat Loranne Ausley has posted total contributions of over $501,000 in the race for House District 9, trouncing Republican opponent Jim Messer‘s $148,000.
Final campaign finance reports before the election were posted Saturday on the state’s Division of Elections website. The last report covers Oct. 22-Nov. 3.

For the last reporting period, Ausley raised roughly $51,500 to Messer’s $9,900, records show. Her contributors include Wal-Mart, Humana health insurance and NBCUniversal.
Total expenditures were nearly $458,000 for Ausley and around $143,000 for Messer.
Ausley seeks to replace the term-limited Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda in the seat. Ausley, an attorney, herself held the seat 2000-08 until she was term-limited.
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Darren Soto draws $42K in big checks in closing weeks of CD 9 race

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Democratic nominee Darren Soto has collected $42,200 in large checks for his bid to be elected in the Orlando-based Florida’s 9th Congressional District since he filed his last full campaign finance report stating he had raised $1 million overall and had $83,000 in the bank.
Soto’s opponent, Republican nominee Wayne Liebnitzky has neither the starting money nor any recent large contributions, according to 48-hour filing reports the campaigns must file on big checks since the Oct. 19 campaign finance reports were filed.
Soto, seeking to become Florida’s first Puerto Rican member of Congress and to succeed retiring Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep.

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Val Demings continues to attract business, labor money in CD 10 race

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Democratic congressional candidate Val Demings of Orlando continues to collect a mix of big checks from business and labor groups in her bid to be elected in the Florida’s Orlando-based 10th Congressional District.
The latest campaign finance reports filed through Wednesday show Demings had collected another 20 four-figure checks in the previous week, raising $44,200 for her campaign. She had raised a similar amount the previous week, with that $90,000 or so coming on top of the $1.4 million she had raised through the latest full reporting period, which ended Oct. 19. On that date, she had $56,000 in the

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PAC money now flooding into CD 7 race

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
U.S. Rep. John Mica and his Democratic opponent Stephanie Murphy now are getting showered with many tens of thousands of dollars in political action committee money heading into the final days before their showdown in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
In the past seven reported days, from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, Mica’s campaign reported receiving 52 checks from political action committees and another 19 from individuals who all contributed at least $1,000 towards his re-election campaign. Total draw during that week of reports on big checks: $138,000.
Murphy had a similar week but only drew about half as much money, partly

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Old-guard money pouring in for John Mica in CD 7

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
The old guard of Orlando-Winter Park Republican politics is coming to the aid of U.S. Rep. John Mica in his hard-fought re-election battle, with tens of thousands of dollars pouring in the past few days for the 12-term incumbent in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
The donations include one from Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University, the for-profit school to which Republican Mica’s Democratic opponent Stephanie Murphy has close ties.
Jones had previously contributed $2,700 to Mica in February, but that was long before his business partner’s daughter-in-law, Murphy, entered the race in late June. On Thursday Jones donated another $2,700 to Mica’s campaign,

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Loranne Ausley opposes special interests – while her PAC takes their money

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Democratic House candidate Loranne Ausley‘s recent ad bemoans “special interests” who “run our state government and control our legislators.”
“They get the benefits,” she says in a voiceover. “We get the cuts.”
But campaign finance records show Ausley also has taken thousands of dollars from special interests for a political committee (PC) that she controls.
The story was first reported Monday on Tallahassee political gadfly Steve Stewart‘s blog, Tallahassee Reports.
Ausley, a Tallahassee attorney, opened her “Florida 2020” PC on Oct. 7, 2014, about seven months before she declared her candidacy for House District 9 on May 4, 2015. She’s listed as chair; her husband, William Hollimon, is

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John Mica, Stephanie Murphy, each raise about $400K in latest period

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Though he has not yet drawn the kind of massive outside campaign support backing his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. John Mica raised $400,000 in the seven weeks prior to October and had more than $1 million left to spend against Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
Murphy also raised nearly $400,000 between the Aug. 10 report and Sept. 30, when the latest reporting period closed.
Yet Murphy, a first-time candidate who did not file until late June, began her deluge of campaign spending in August and she entered October with just $167,000 in the bank, according to the latest reports,

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John Mica, Stephanie Murphy, each raise about $400K in latest period

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Though he has not yet drawn the kind of massive outside campaign support backing his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. John Mica raised $400,000 in the seven weeks prior to October and had more than $1 million left to spend against Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
Murphy also raised nearly $400,000 between the Aug. 10 report and Sept. 30, when the latest reporting period closed.
Yet Murphy, a first-time candidate who did not file until late June, began her deluge of campaign spending in August and she entered October with just $167,000 in the bank, according to the latest reports,

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John Mica, Stephanie Murphy, each raise about $400K in latest period

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Though he has not yet drawn the kind of massive outside campaign support backing his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. John Mica raised $400,000 in the seven weeks prior to October and had more than $1 million left to spend against Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
Murphy also raised nearly $400,000 between the Aug. 10 report and Sept. 30, when the latest reporting period closed.
Yet Murphy, a first-time candidate who did not file until late June, began her deluge of campaign spending in August and she entered October with just $167,000 in the bank, according to the latest reports,

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Labor, tourism, citrus money coming in for Victor Torres in SD 15 race

Monday, October 10th, 2016
Democratic state Rep. Victor Torres‘s bid for a promotion to Florida Senate District 15 is getting the financial blessing of several big Orlando business interests, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Torres, who is facing Republican Peter Vivaldi, received thousands of dollars in the last two weeks of September from interests representing the Walt Disney Co., Mears Transportation, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, beer distributors, and several unions, along with several thousand dollars in citrus agriculture money.
Torres had a tough primary battle and spent almost all of his campaign money to date prior to the Aug. 30

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Carlos Guillermo Smith not taking independent opponent Shea Silverman for granted

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Democratic House District 49 nominee Carlos Guillermo Smith never drew a political party opponent in his quest to win Florida House District 49 back from the Republicans, and he’s not taking lightly his lone rival, independent candidate Shea Silverman.
Smith, who has pushed one of the strongest fundraising campaigns in Florida of any non-incumbent running for the Florida House of Representatives, also is spending that money. The latest campaign finance reports show Smith spent more than $40,000 on campaign mailers in the past three weeks.
Smith, a gay rights lobbyist, former legislative aide, and former Orange County Democratic chairman, raised nearly $137,000

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Barack Obama signs short-term bill to fund government past election

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week.
Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks, beyond the Nov. 8 election.
Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election.
The bill Obama signed Thursday also provides $1.1 billion to address the Zika crisis. And it has $500 million to help Louisiana flood victims.
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Donald Trump campaign plans $140 million ad buy

Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Donald Trump‘s campaign is planning for what it says will amount to $140 million worth of advertising from now until Election Day.
The total, if executed, would include $100 million in television airtime and $40 million in digital ads, according to senior communications adviser Jason Miller.
The plan represents a new approach for the billionaire businessman, who has repeatedly bragged in recent weeks about how much less he’s spent than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and seemed to rely heavily on free media coverage of his large rallies.
Through this week, the Trump campaign has put only about $22 million into TV and radio

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Dean Asher swamping Linda Stewart in SD 13 campaign money, spending

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Democratic nominee Linda Stewart maintains that she’s not afraid of money being spent against her.
Here it comes. Republican nominee Dean Asher spent more than $28,000 between the last reporting period prior to the Aug. 30 primary through last Friday and still has nearly $300,000 in the bank in his quest to defeat Stewart in Florida Senate District 13.
The latest campaign finance reports show that Asher was able to raise $8,800 while spending nearly three times that much in the first three weeks of the general election period. Meanwhile his official campaign has $138,806 in the bank and his political

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Gold cards and red hats: A Trumpian approach to fundraising

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
Donald Trump is underwriting his presidential bid by selling the Donald Trump lifestyle — and campaign finance records show it is working.
For the low price of $25, you can snag a Trump Gold Card emblazoned with your name or join a campaign “Board of Directors” that comes with a personalized certificate. For $30, grab one of Trump’s signature red hats — billed as “the most popular product in America.” Supporters can elevate themselves to “big league” by ponying up $184 for a signed, “now out of print” copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”
There’s a catch to

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Donald Trump signed improper charity check supporting Pam Bondi

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Donald Trump‘s signature, an unmistakable if nearly illegible series of bold vertical flourishes, was scrawled on the improper $25,000 check sent from his personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Charities are barred from engaging in political activities, and the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign has contended for weeks that the 2013 check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation was mistakenly issued following a series of clerical errors. Trump had intended to use personal funds to support Bondi’s re-election, his campaign said.
So, why didn’t Trump catch the purported goof himself when he signed the foundation check?
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.
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Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.
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