Tallahassee, be very afraid. If all goes according to their plan, not one, not two, but all three Diaz de la Portilla brothers will be members of the state Legislature come November. They're already one-third of the way there. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla did not draw a challenger for his state Senate seat. However, his siblings Alex and Renier will face some stiff opponents for two state House seats. If the trio get elected, the Diaz de la Portillas will once again be the most powerful Cuban American oligarchy next to the Diaz-Balart clan.
As the Diaz de la Portillas gear up for their campaigns, we took a peek at their financials to find out which bro is banking the most money.
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Miguel, who was recently named Best Lobbyist by Miami New Times, is killing it as a governmental affairs lawyer for Becker & Poliakoff. His annual salary at the Fort Lauderdale-based law firm is $415,890, according to his personal financial disclosure statement. He also collected a $29,697 salary as a state senator. He owns a three-bedroom house in Coral Gables worth $830,000 and has a BMW X3, BMW X5, and a Mini Cooper (all 2009 models) in his driveway. In addition to his car leases, his liabilities also include a $473,834 home mortgage. His personal net worth is $660,040.
Alex, who has served previous stints as state senator and state representative, is vying for a house seat representing district 112 against Gus Barreiro and Eric Padron. He made $60,000 from his campaign consulting firm W Strategy Group last year, according to his personal financial disclosure statement. He owns a five-bedroom duplex in Miami worth $150,000 and a house in Tallahassee worth $750,000. His liabilities include two mortgages for a little over one million dollars. His personal net worth is $95,056.
Renier, who is facing off against Miami school teacher Manny Diaz in district 103, made $10,000 from his private law practice and $35,601 from the Miami-Dade School Board last year, according to his personal financial disclosure statement. He doesn't own any property and lists only a checking account with $1,500 as his only asset. His liabilities include a $125,000 student loan and a $20,000 car lease. His personal net worth is $35,350.