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Political Lobbyists

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Feds Case Against Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi Is Weak, Transcripts Suggest

    Last summer, Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi was arrested on the same day the feds nabbed another local mayor, Sweetwater's Manuel Maroño. Both mayors were suspended form office by the governor and charged with taking bribes in exchange for bogus grants. While Maroño and two others, lobbyists Jorg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Barack Obama Needs to Raise Money to Nail Sorry Black Politicians

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke has some advice for the President. While it was nice to see President Barack Obama finally address the nation about his blackne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Norman Braman's Contributions Dried Up For the Nov. 6 County Commission Run-Offs

    After raising nearly a million bucks to unseat four Miami-Dade County Commissioners in the August 14 primary, it seems billionaire auto magnate Norman Braman threw in the towel. According to the last three financial reports for his political action committee Change Miami Dade Now, Braman only chippe ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012
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    May 16, 2012

    Ron Book Has Made $1 Million Lobbying This Year; Lincoln Diaz-Balart Got Rich Off Genting

    It's only May, but South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book is already having one hell of a year in Tallahassee. This week, lobbyists filed their reports for 2012's first quarter and since January, Book has already topped $1 million in fees. Who's paying him all that cash? Along with every other city i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Carlos Gimenez Has Raised Nearly Twice As Much As Challenger Joe Martinez

    Campaign finance reports for January, February, and March are in for the local county races. So who's funneling cash to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his main opponent, County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez?If money is any indicator, Martinez has a long haul ahead of him. For the past three ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Carlos Gimenez Is No Longer Looking Out For Akerman Senterfitt, Lobbyists Who Funded His Campaign

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has vetoed a controversial lobbying contract that included a law firm that has generously supported his political campaign for the county's top elected position. Citing the county commission's failure to cut the cost of Miami-Dade's lobbying services, Gimenez killed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Carlo Gimenez and Akerman Senterfitt Are Looking Out For Each Other

    Carlos Gimenez gives $60,000 contract to law firm that raised $30,000 for him. ​A local law firm that raised at least $30,000 in campaign funds for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is seeing its investment pay off. On Monday, the county commission approved Gimenez's request to split Miami-Dade's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Rick Scott Wants to Kill Citizens Property Insurance

    ​Rick Scott wants to run Florida like a business, but he seems ideologically driven to make sure the state isn't in the business of much. Fresh off a Pulitzer win for investigative reporting, Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune yesterday filed a shocker claiming Scott aims to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Miami Voice Celebrates the End of Natacha

    ​Natacha Seijas was right to worry about her name appearing on the same recall ballot as Carlos Alvarez. She was swept up in the voter tsunami that also took out the now former county mayor. Many local political pundits didn't give Miami Voice, the political action committee that sought Seijas's r ... More >>

  • News

    August 5, 2010
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    July 7, 2010

    Video: Think Tank Reps Omni Heavy in "Gun In My Hand"

    Think Tank, a project of the Llamabeats and Parable MC, have a new video out for their song "Gun In My Hand" all shot in the City Of Miami in and around the Omni area of Biscayne and NE 2nd Ave South of 36th street. Recognize the landmarks, graffiti, pawn shops? This and other recent videos signal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    David Rivera Takes Lobbyist Cash During Legislative Session

    Former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia is wasting no time knuckling up for  Via David Rivera's FacebookAt a recent fundraiser, Rep. David Rivera (left) serenades supporters with the help of actor Steven Bauer, whom, as far as we know, doesn't do business with the state of Florid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Thank You for Your Paid Support

    Recently dismissed ethics complaints against three lobbyists provide a glimpse into how By Alex Izaguirre​developers will pay off so-called community activists to win support for their projects.In finding that zoning lawyers Juan Mayol, Joseph Goldstein, and Richard Perez did in fact register ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Attention Whore Alan Grayson in Trouble for Calling Someone a Whore

    ​Excuse us as we once again divert attention to hot liberal mess Alan Grayson, Orlando-area Democratic congressman. The man who's mouth cannot stop flapping is in hot water again, after calling Linda Robertson, and advisor to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernake, a "K Street whore" on a radio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Sean Casey Gets a Hand from a Top Gun

    Alex Izaguirre​High-powered Miami media attorney Thomas Julin is helping Sean Casey's bid to expose another high-powered Miami lawyer. And Julin, a partner at Hunton & Williams, is representing the 35-year-old free of charge. Casey is serving a 12-year prison term for running do ... More >>

  • News

    June 4, 2009
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    February 17, 2009

    Bill Nelson Caught up in PMA Mess

    Last week, ABC News broke news that the FBI had raided PMA Group, a lobbying firm, this past November. PMA, which specialized in lobbying for earmarks for defense contracts, had close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha, but also donated heavily to other politicians -- many of them Democrats, but so ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    Lobbyist Ron Book Tries to Tackle the Housing Crisis

    Maybe he can rent us a room in his $2.2 million pad in Plantation.

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Seijas-Friendly PAC Returns the Favor

    When a group of citizens mounted an effort to recall Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, unions representing county employees, including the South Florida AFL-CIO, rallied around her. Not only did the union provide man power at the polls, they pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2007
  • News

    April 21, 2005
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    April 14, 2005
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    December 23, 2004

    The Fidel Factor

    Carlos Alvarez wants voters to give him unprecedented power, but his foes are locked and loaded

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Carlos Alvarez's Sexual Problem

    The mayoral candidate's bilingual campaign has a message that doesn't translate

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    The X Man Returns

    Are you sitting down? Ready for this? Try saying it out loud: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Miguel and the Money Man

    Norman Braman joins the Diaz de la Portilla mayoral campaign -- despite that unpleasant gay-rights thing

  • News

    January 1, 2004

    Before the Bulldozer Bites

    Developers circle a swath of land in Homestead as a familiar face reappears in the guise of a real estate lobbyist

  • City Life

    May 15, 2003

    BEST NEW LAW

    Miami Beachs ordinance restricting campaign contributions by lobbyists

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Submarine Politics

    Alex Penelas learned his lesson in 1999; this year's transit-tax campaign is all below the surface

  • Music

    October 31, 2002
  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Blasting Down the House

    Rock miners try to pull a fast one on local legislators

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Rough Ryder

    The behind-the-scenes battle to put Miami's homegrown Fortune 500 Co. next to the Herald raises an old specter

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Money, Politics, and Cuba

    The Federal Election Commission has a few questions for an influential Miami political action committee

  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Digital Intrigue

    Did Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver deceive commissioners in an effort to steer a lucrative software contract to a friend? The friend says no. Shiver isn't talking.

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    The Wimp

    Gary Dellapa's retirement from MIA comes not a moment too soon

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Riptide

    Equal-opportunity aficionado

  • Film

    April 13, 2000

    The Straight Story of SAVE Dade

    Chronicle of an Ordinance

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Riptide

    Shakey's out, Penelian peccadillo, and shafted lumber labor

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    DeFede

    The Real Micky Arison

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Haul of Shame

    Waste dumps, illicit lobbying, paid supporters, hidden agendas. Or politics as usual in Miami-Dade County.

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    DeFede

    Have We Got an Airport for You!

  • News

    April 15, 1999
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    December 10, 1998
  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Don't Call Me a Lobbyist!

    Even though my name is Chris Korge and Alex Penelas is my best buddy and all the commissioners are indebted to me and I guarantee you'll get that fat county contract

  • News

    April 23, 1998

    Politics Makes for Strange ... Trashmen?

    If Joe Carollo gets into bed with old nemesis Wayne Huizenga, two of the mayor's closest advisers will be fluffing the pillows

  • News

    August 8, 1996
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    February 29, 1996
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    October 5, 1995

    Very Big Bucks

    The most lucrative contract in the history of Miami International Airport is about to be awarded to one lucky company

  • News

    April 20, 1995

    Musical Mayors

    First he was Miami's mayor, then Metro's, then Miami's. Now he's thinking about running for county mayor again. Why can't Steve Clark make up his mind?

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