Posts Tagged ‘lobbyists’

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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Lauren’s Kids funnels $3.1 million to politically connected public relations firm

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A nonprofit run by Broward State Sen. Lauren Book and lavished with millions of dollars in state handouts by lawmakers paid a Tallahassee public relations firm with considerable political clout $3.1 million between 2012 and 2015.
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Miami-Dade Schools give fat, multi-year lobbying contract to Trump-connected lobbyist

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Seeking an edge in Republican-dominated Washington politics, Miami-Dade public school officials awarded a federal lobbying contract to an influential Florida firm whose chief officer played a significant role in the election of President Donald Trump last fall.
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Ms. Book goes to Tallahassee, sees no conflict voting $ for Lauren’s Kids or dad’s clients

Monday, March 20th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Freshman Broward State Sen. Lauren Book says she won’t abstain from voting on matters involving clients of her father, powerful lobbyist Ron Book. Similarly, she sees no conflict of interest in voting on measures to funnel millions of taxpayer dollars to benefit her non-profit charity and political launching pad, Lauren’s Kids.
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Tallahassee lobbyists have a learning moment about ethics reform

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
House ethics guru Don Rubottom wrote a poem to explain what the chamber’s new ethics regime is all about:
“If you propose it, it should be disclosed before you discuss it,
“Before it shows up in any draft of a bill or amendment,
“Long before it is filed in the House.
“If others propose, disclose by number.”
OK, it’s not for the ages, but it captures the spirit of the thing.
Rubottom, staff director of the Public Integrity and Ethics Committee, was among the House aides who briefed lobbyists Tuesday evening on the arcana of the new ethics rules imposed under Speaker Richard Corcoran.
It was

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Senate and House not that different, Joe Negron says

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
Senate President Joe Negron said his approach to budgeting isn’t that different from fellow Republican and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Negron
Negron met with reporters Tuesday after he officially became president during the Legislature’s biennial Organization Session.
In sweeping changes to the House’s traditional way of doing business, Corcoran said senators would need House sponsors for special spending requests, such as hometown projects, often derided as “turkeys.”
But Negron, who along with Corcoran is a former Appropriations chair, said he “would encourage senators to find someone in the House” to support a budget item, and “we’ve always done that,” he said.
“The chances of an appropriation

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How to get around Richard Corcoran’s new rules — Volume 2

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
Second in a series.
Most people are familiar with this joke about lawyers.
Q: What do you call 2,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
A: A good start.
Well, to newly installed House Speaker Richard Corcoran, if you substitute “lobbyists” for “lawyers” in that joke, it’d be twice as funny.
Despite his brother being a lobbyist, Corcoran does not think highly of the profession and that is part of the reason why he has instituted a series of reforms which attempt to diminish the influence of the influence-peddlers.
“We must close the revolving door between the Legislature and the lobby corps,” Corcoran said last year during his designation speech.

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John Thrasher finally free to lobby for FSU

Friday, November 18th, 2016
John Thrasher has registered to lobby for Florida State University, two years after his installation as the university’s president.
Under state law, former legislators must wait two years before becoming eligible to seek to influence their former colleagues. Thrasher’s registration took effect on Monday, according to state records.
Thrasher is a former House speaker who turned lobbyist with Southern Strategy Group before beginning service in the Senate in 2009.
He became FSU president in November 2014.
Also lobbying for the university is Kathy Mears, whose registration took effect Sept. 27. She had served as chief of staff to House Speakers Will Weatherford (2012-14)

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Richard Corcoran blazing his own leadership trail

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran grins widely when you suggest he’s stealing a page from the “progressive” politics playbook.
The Land O’ Lakes Republican held an impromptu press conference Tuesday after he welcomed new members at their two-day orientation session, another Corcoran innovation.
He was asked: Prohibiting state representatives from flying in lobbyists’ airplanes? Increasing the ban on former members lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years?
Aren’t these usually – dare we say – proposals that come from the other side of aisle? Corcoran would have nothing of it.
“I would just say, everything you just said, I reject,” he said

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Richard Corcoran rolls out new rules, says House will ‘set the standard for others’

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
The new rules of the Florida House of Representatives, among other things, will increase the ban on former members lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years, and prohibit state representatives from flying in aircraft owned, leased, or otherwise paid for by lobbyists.
That’s according to a final copy of the rules, released Thursday by incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
“It is time that government embodies the very highest of standards and serve citizens and not self,” he said in a statement. “The Florida House, in adopting these rules, will take a transformational leap into a new era of accountability,

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Richard Corcoran to lobbyists: Cool your jets

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Florida House members better get used to flying commercial.
House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran is expected to announce new rules Thursday, including one that would prohibit members from flying on planes owned, leased, or paid for by lobbyists. The proposed rule change is meant to end a common practice among lawmakers and the influence industry, according to a sources close to the incoming House speaker.
The practice of hopping a ride on a lobbyist’s plane is considered fairly common. Lawmakers often pay for their ride, but it could create the appearance of impropriety.
The prohibition is expected to billed as a commonsense measure

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Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.
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Diane Roberts: Charm and grace again flow downhill from Capitol

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – Another Special Session! Why, it’s just like Christmas – minus the joy.
Minus the presents, too. While the members of the Florida Legislature rake in lobbyist largesse during committee weeks and every other hour that God sends, trawling for dollars during a Session is verboten.
This makes them surly.
Surlier. They aren’t exactly enjoying being forced to revisit redistricting for about the 400th time since the spring.
No one expects the Special Session, which is supposed to draw state Senate districts, to go well. The House despises the Senate which is, in turn, totally cheesed off at the House. Gov.

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Peter Schorsch: Richard Corcoran, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and the idea of reforming Tallahassee

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Before Augustus and Marc Antony and before Julius Caesar and Spartacus and everyone else you can barely remember from Latin class, there was Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a dictator who was a master of the eternal city a generation before all of that “Et tu, Brute” stuff.
Sulla’s infamy is borne because he was the first Roman general to march his armies into Rome. No Roman before him had ever crossed the city limits – the pomoerium or sacred boundary – with his army.
In 88 B.C., this was a big freakin’ deal.
Yet what’s truly remarkable about Sulla is that after seizing Rome (twice),

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