Marc Sarnoff is the Top Rain Maker in Miami

​Miami city commissioner Marc Sarnoff

has collected nearly half a million dollars in his reelection bid,

leading all candidates in the money raising front for the upcoming

November election. Of the three incumbents on the ballot, Sarnoff

faces the stiffest competition with four opponents who have some name

recognition and are jumping on the commissioner's emergence as the

go-to-guy for special interests. He has raised more than three times

the amount collected by Donna Milo, Michelle Niemeyer, Kate Callahan,

and Williams Armbrister.

Commissioners Willy Gort and Francis Suarez have raised $136,827 and $88,175 respectively. Although Suarez, who is running unopposed, has not submitted his campaign report that was due on September 30. Other interesting items of note from recently submitted electioneering data:

  • The Related Group, a real estate firm owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Democratic Party fundraiser Jorge Perez, gave $4,550 through various corporations to Gort this past Aug. 30. All the entities are located at the same address as Related's headquarters at 315 S Biscayne Blvd.
  • Sarnoff can no longer downplay his relationship with lobbyist and political campaign consultant Steve Marin. Between July and September, Sarnoff's reelection campaign has paid Marin's firm $78,115 for direct mail pieces and other campaign materials.
  • A new political action committee called Miamian's for Honest and Responsible Government received a $2,500 donation from real estate developer Stanley Tate, who earlier this year spearheaded an effort to stop a skate park from being built near a historic city cemetery and Jewish synagogue.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.