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Federal Elections Commission reopens corruption case against ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Federal Elections Commission will get another crack at holding former Miami congressman David Rivera accountable for his role in an infamous South Florida campaign scandal.
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Construction giant Odebrecht goes after former top So. Fla execs for stealing trade secrets

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Odebrecht, the controversial global conglomerate that has an extensive portfolio of big-ticket government construction projects across Florida, is accusing three of its former top South Florida executives of pillaging trade secrets, company data and clients over the last two years.
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Broward’s elections chief misled ethics commission about Scott’s sham blind trust

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s newly appointed Broward elections boss was a staunch defender for Scott’s sham blind trust, and falsely told the Florida’s ethics commission five years ago that it was “modeled on” a federal blind trust.
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White property owners get full refunds for streetcar snafu, black community’s CRA takes hit

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale killed the controversial Wave streetcar in May and earlier this month the city announced that about $10 million in tax refund checks will go out on Feb. 1 to downtown property owners who paid a special tax to help build it. But a local agency created to clean up slum and blight that also kicked in heavily will up to $3 million hit.
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Big-name founders of Miami’s U.S. Century Bank in big-money fight with bank’s board

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
U.S. Century Bank, founded by big-name Miami developers and businessmen, has a turbulent history. Now it and appears headed for even more turmoil.
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Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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SFWMD’s last minute move to extend sugarcane lease triggers hearing demand

Friday, December 7th, 2018

By Katherine Lewin
FloridaBulldog.org
Nineteen years ago, the South Florida Water Management District bought 16,158 rural acres south of Lake Okeechobee leased for sugar cane farming as part of the massive Everglades restoration project. But one night last month, just hours before the district’s morning meeting, a resolution was quietly added to the governing board’s agenda that would extend the lease to a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, delaying restoration for as long as eight years.
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Who were pedophile Epstein and prosecutor Acosta protecting with ‘bizarre’ deal?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

By Noreen Marcus and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The secret deal that lawyers for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein struck with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta a decade ago did much more than protect the disgraced billionaire from an extended prison term. It also shut down a South Florida grand jury probe that could have reached to others in Epstein’s international sex-trafficking ring.
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What is Waste Management trying to hide about antitrust review?

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
High-stakes Broward litigation has heated up with a judge’s ruling that a recycling company has provided sufficient evidence to establish that Waste Management’s effort to hide certain corporate records is bogus because the garbage giant may have sought legal advice to perpetrate a crime or fraud.
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Inmates with hepatitis C, and their chief advocate, race against time

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal judge ordered Florida to give thousands of prisoners with chronic Hepatitis C virus a standard treatment with a cure rate of 95 percent. A year later, Florida could move faster to save lives.
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Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool if used correctly; it can help to promote your business by reaching a lot of new customers through your posts. The Financial Advisors can also make use of social media platforms to stay updated and advance their professional image. Many business persons and financial advisors create their social media accounts but are not seen to be very active on it, which is not a very good sign. Here are some mistakes all the financial advisors should avoid if they want to be seen as one of the leading in the business.
1) Not very active: It is important to keep your social media account or the website updated with recent posts. People who stay active on social media by posting frequent and important posts have many followers as compared to people who are not very active. People want to see the new and recent posts that help them to learn new things by reading your posts. It is a good idea to share important information or tips on your account so people can read it and share it.
2) Selling, guaranteeing or forecasting: It is a good idea to share some tips on your social media accounts but guaranteeing the market results on the social media accounts is not a very good idea. Why would you give the advice for free when you can charge for it? Instead, you can just give some suggestions or write about common mistakes people do and they can contact you for professional services.
3) Not using the platforms efficiently: Different social media platforms have different features like some allow limited words and so can be used for headlines, others allow putting up lots of photos so you can use it for providing pictorial

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Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool if used correctly; it can help to promote your business by reaching a lot of new customers through your posts. The Financial Advisors can also make use of social media platforms to stay updated and advance their professional image. Many business persons and financial advisors create their social media accounts but are not seen to be very active on it, which is not a very good sign. Here are some mistakes all the financial advisors should avoid if they want to be seen as one of the leading in the business.
1) Not very active: It is important to keep your social media account or the website updated with recent posts. People who stay active on social media by posting frequent and important posts have many followers as compared to people who are not very active. People want to see the new and recent posts that help them to learn new things by reading your posts. It is a good idea to share important information or tips on your account so people can read it and share it.
2) Selling, guaranteeing or forecasting: It is a good idea to share some tips on your social media accounts but guaranteeing the market results on the social media accounts is not a very good idea. Why would you give the advice for free when you can charge for it? Instead, you can just give some suggestions or write about common mistakes people do and they can contact you for professional services.
3) Not using the platforms efficiently: Different social media platforms have different features like some allow limited words and so can be used for headlines, others allow putting up lots of photos so you can use it for providing pictorial

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Factors To Be Considered While Applying Loan For Small Business

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Factors To Be Considered While Applying Loan For Small Business
In order for a small business to keep continue with its operation or to begin commencing its business. It needs finance and often it would be attained through a business loan. The small business can approach a financial institution or banks to apply for a loan. The bank normally does not fund a start-up business but it would offer loans to small businesses that have commenced its operations and has been generating revenues. Another quick way to raise funds easily is through digital currency trading. In recent years with the advent of technology, anyone can easily trade in these currencies using the automated trading platform. Continue reading to know more about it.
Below mentioned are the steps one should follow for the loan application process.
Amount of the loan and reason for applying- The first thing you should do is to take time out and articulate clearly why the business needs a loan and the amount it needs.  You should be clear in your reasoning while you approach the bank or institution.
Review the credit score and credit history- Once the amount is decided, you should run a quick check of your credit history. This can be easily done through online websites of the concerned authority. Request for the credit report from these sites and review the reports. If you find any errors, you could clear it out with the agency. And if your credit score is poor, find ways to mend it. Good credit score plays a critical role in getting your loan approved.
Review the borrowing options- Take a look at commercial banks that offer loans. You would have a better chance of getting your loan approved if you approach regional small banks rather than going for national, large commercial banks. Also,

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Factors To Be Considered While Applying Loan For Small Business

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Factors To Be Considered While Applying Loan For Small Business
In order for a small business to keep continue with its operation or to begin commencing its business. It needs finance and often it would be attained through a business loan. The small business can approach a financial institution or banks to apply for a loan. The bank normally does not fund a start-up business but it would offer loans to small businesses that have commenced its operations and has been generating revenues. Another quick way to raise funds easily is through digital currency trading. In recent years with the advent of technology, anyone can easily trade in these currencies using the automated trading platform. Continue reading to know more about it.
Below mentioned are the steps one should follow for the loan application process.
Amount of the loan and reason for applying- The first thing you should do is to take time out and articulate clearly why the business needs a loan and the amount it needs.  You should be clear in your reasoning while you approach the bank or institution.
Review the credit score and credit history- Once the amount is decided, you should run a quick check of your credit history. This can be easily done through online websites of the concerned authority. Request for the credit report from these sites and review the reports. If you find any errors, you could clear it out with the agency. And if your credit score is poor, find ways to mend it. Good credit score plays a critical role in getting your loan approved.
Review the borrowing options- Take a look at commercial banks that offer loans. You would have a better chance of getting your loan approved if you approach regional small banks rather than going for national, large commercial banks. Also,

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Assignment of benefits scams rip off tens of millions of dollars a year

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
Over the last several years, the assignment of benefits by consumers has become a major source of fraud, abuse and overpricing. Insurance companies estimate that AOB abuse costs Florida property owners and insurance companies tens of millions of dollars a year.
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Gun murders remain higher 13 years after Stand Your Ground – especially in white suburbs

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

By Christopher Persaud
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida’s gun murder rate reached record lows in 2005. But ever since state lawmakers passed the nation’s first “Stand Your Ground’’ law in October that year, the rate has crept up to levels not seen since the 1990s. And firearm homicides increased most in white suburban areas, say a team of researchers led by a University of Oxford professor.
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‘Stand Your Ground on steroids’ before Florida Supremes; Flood of cases could be reopened

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a souped-up version of the controversial “Stand Your Ground’’ law, and the court may use it to reopen thousands of criminal cases.
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A Look at How Online Trading Works

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

A Look at How Online Trading Works
Stock markets have always been elusive; nobody knows when the sudden spike in the prices will happen until it actually hits the center stage in financial markets. It was once the realm of the rich to plunge into the stock markets, but today the entire scenario is different and there is an investor in each of us who has at least once dabbled in the stock markets at least for a short stint into the highly volatile global online trading markets. As the accessibility to online trading markets has become easier and simpler, that should mean it is a cakewalk, there are impending challenges when it comes to picking the right price and time limit of expiry in trades executed through online markets.

buyers sell their stocks through exchanges for a commission that is usually paid to a licensed broker who simply facilitates the transaction from his login credentials, either electronically or over the phone
in online trading the power to predict and invest in the price of stock vests on the trader who should be having a clear understanding of the pricing and other factors that could influence the pricing
as they largely take over the role of a physical broker their advice on the stock picks should be unbiased and not influenced by other vested interests
using the online trading tool Crypto Code, the trader can decide to invest in the pricing prediction of a particular stock or currency in solo or pairs, that is typically traded across in global crypto exchanges, the software Crypto Code, gives the best possible favorable trades that influenced the trader to invest
the broker could be an individual or firm, housing experts who can be aligned into your online trading account
setting up the trading was never so easy, with a simple

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Picking The Best Online Broker For Trading

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Picking The Best Online Broker For Trading
When you decide to become a trader there is one main question to ask yourself, would you leave it to a bot like Crypto Code or would you be working with an online broker. Working with the bots gives you the benefit of being able to automate the whole process. Bots like these run a piece of code that allows them to pick the best stocks from the market or the best cryptocurrencies and then perform a technical analysis on the chosen asset. The placement of the order could also be automated. As the process is fully automated even those who still do not know much about trading would be able to easily place orders from these bots.
Working with online brokers can be very much similar to working with brokers in the conventional trading system. With online systems, the benefit is that everything takes place on the computer, the interaction with the broker, the order placement, fund transfer and even the tracking of the orders and the monitoring of the profits made. As there are numerous online brokerage firms catering to the different types of traders here are a few things to consider to ensure that you have chosen the most suitable broker who can take care of your trading process. There are some online trading platforms that use a broker in the background. In this case, you would be interacting with the system and there would be no direct contact with the broker who is handling your accounts. There are some firms that assign you to specific brokers and allow you to get in touch with them and explain your goals for investment.
Do not pick only the big names
There might be huge brokerage firms handling the accounts of the large investors. These might

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Come out to support and celebrate 9 years of watchdog journalism on Nov. 13

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Dear Reader – It’s been said that news is what people want to keep hidden, and that everything else is publicity. We know you appreciate Florida Bulldog’s brand of watchdog reporting that delivers exclusive, fact based news that’s important to you.
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Key Biscayne businessman orchestrated $200 million rip-off against foreign investors seeking green cards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For eight years, Ariel Quiros lorded over a slate of Vermont real estate projects that raked in more than $350 million in capital from rich foreigners aiming to obtain green cards for themselves and their family members through the U.S. government’s EB-5 visa program. Now the Key Biscayne-based entrepreneur is set to relinquish what’s left of his stake to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint that accused him of misusing $200 million of those foreign investments.
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Key Biscayne businessman orchestrated $200 million rip-off against foreign investors seeking green cards

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For eight years, Ariel Quiros lorded over a slate of Vermont real estate projects that raked in more than $350 million in capital from rich foreigners aiming to obtain green cards for themselves and their family members through the U.S. government’s EB-5 visa program. Now the Key Biscayne-based entrepreneur is set to relinquish what’s left of his stake to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission civil complaint that accused him of misusing $200 million of those foreign investments.
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Outline Of The Steps Involved In Auditing        

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Outline Of The Steps Involved In Auditing                                           
Financial accounts of the individuals or business or an organization can be checked formally by means of an auditing. Auditing code for the crypto flaw is more important and read more about Crypto Code for the proper use of cryptocurrency. Two types of auditing are done where internal auditing is done by the members of the same organization or the business place and the external auditing is carried out by the regulatory and the government agency. To have a successful auditing one should follow these six steps.
1) Request for the document             
The notice will be given to an organization about the auditing and then the auditor should request for the documents which are necessary for the preliminary checklist. The list of documents required for the auditing is audit report of the previous copy, bank settlements of original, receipts and the ledger of the business details. The auditor can also get the documentation of the charts of the organization including the board and committee minutes copies and the standing rules and bylaws.
2) Preparing an audit plan
The documents collected from the organization should be analyzed and the information provided is checked and then plan is made to conduct an auditing by the auditor. A workshop is made to find the problems and after this audit plan is drafted.
3) Scheduling open meeting
An open meeting is conducted for and the senior management and the administrative staff are invited to the meeting. The scope of an audit should be presented in the meeting by the auditor. Time for the auditing should be framed and any issues regarding the timings for the scheduled vacations are planned and it should be hand over to them. Possible interviews should be informed to the staff by the head of the department.
4)

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Don’t Give In To Temptation

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Don’t Give In To Temptation
Credit cards are a god send just like the new entrant Crypto Code, an automated trading system which makes entry to the trading world really simple. What makes credit cards attractive besides providing you the ability to indulge in cashless purchases is the ability to get a cash advance.
But what you must realize is that when you use your credit card for any reason you are also looking at a high-interest rate. Therefore, minimize the use of your card and more so for withdrawing cash. It is important, though, for you to know that in an emergency when you need cash and your wallet is empty your credit card can be the friend you need.
Here are a few reasons why you must resist the temptation.

They are expensive: The way banks treat cash advance against your credit card is different from the way the usual credit card purchases are treated.

There is a fee levied by the bank for such cash advances which are usually a percentage of the amount withdrawn. Normally banks charge between 2-5 percent on cash advances.
If you use a bank ATM then you pay an additional fee not only to your bank; but if you use the ATM of another bank you pay additional service charges to the other bank.
The interest rates are also higher for cash advances and hence if you delay paying the cash you accrue more interest. There is no grace period; the interest starts building up from the day of the transaction.

You have financial issues: A onetime cash advance against your credit card is fine but if you make it a habit there is a deep underlying financial problem that must be addressed. You must plan your finances in such a way that you have the required money to cover

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A Rick Scott Story Part II – how political giving and getting is done

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Since shortly after Rick Scott was sworn in as governor in 2011, he and the Republican Party of Florida have raked in nearly $1.2 million in contributions from companies owned or controlled by Dr. Daniel Dosoretz. State election records show that many of those contributions appear to have been timed to influence the award of a billion dollar state Medicaid contract…
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Headlines and links to Florida Bulldog’s five years of reporting on Gov. Rick Scott

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

From a Miami reader of Florida Bulldog:
“Your series on [Gov. Rick] Scott and corruption has been terrific and significant. How about, as soon as possible, posting a summary, i.e. the headline and link to your archives, so that readers can see all the relevant stories in one place? ” A great suggestion.
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Fraud allegations against Florida developer/political donor with ties to Trump, Kushner

Friday, October 26th, 2018

By Deirdra Funcheon
FloridaBulldog.org
When Nicholas Mastroianni II appeared on stage at a real estate forum in Shanghai in 2016, the other panelists — including ex-New York governor George Pataki – deferred to him as the expert on the U.S. government’s EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors and their family members to get their green cards, and eventually citizenship, if they invest at least $500,000 in certain U.S.-based projects.
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State attorney, SEC close probes of Miami Gardens officials with no criminal charges or sanctions

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
After being probed by local, state and federal authorities for more than a year, Miami Gardens officials have come out mostly unscathed after the two investigations.
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Rick Scott has millions invested in Puerto Rico electric company

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott led a delegation of utility providers to Puerto Rico last year to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico he also was protecting his investment.
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A Rick Scott story – how political giving and getting is done

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Big money flows both ways between Gov. Rick Scott and entrepreneurial radiation oncologist Dr. Daniel Dosoretz.
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