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Everglades landowners ‘not willing sellers’ for Joe Negron’s Lake O reservoir

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A group of landowners in the Everglades Agricultural Area are telling the state officials that selling land south of lake Okeechobee do nothing to fix problems they believe are caused north of the lake. Senate President Joe Negron is pushing a Senate proposal seeks to create a $2.4-billion, 60,000-acre reservoir for Everglades water storage. If there aren’t enough willing sellers, SB 10 says then 153,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land can be purchased under an option entered in 2010. In…

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Brian Mast fudges promise to return sugar money, blasts opponent who calls him on it

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Brian Mast is one of the 12 candidates seeking Florida’s 18th Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is now running for U.S. Senate. The retired Army sergeant is one of only two candidates who had accepted money from the sugar industry. The other is Republican Rick Roth, an actual sugar farmer. According to campaign finance records, sugar industry interests raised approximately $100,000 for Mast’s campaign and victory committee by way of two exclusive private fundraisers. The Fanjul family —…

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Putting the sugar industry’s history of political contributions into some much-needed context

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Last week, the Miami Herald Mary Ellen Klas reported that Florida’s sugar industry has spent a “whopping” $57.8 million over the last 22 years on political campaign contributions. This number sounds huge. But to those actively involved in Florida’s political process, the number is not so whopping when you’re plying your trade as a health care, theme park/entertainment, utilities or telecommunications industry lobbyist. Here’s why: while Florida sugar companies have contributed significantly, their contributions are right in line or below what other…

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Fundraising reports show Senate rivals Jack Latvala, Joe Negron close as ever

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Early committee finance numbers for Republican Sens. Jack Latvala and Joe Negron show the two rivals for Senate President are as close as ever in fundraising. Latvala’s outfit, Florida Leadership Committee, entered October with a little more than $1.6 million on-hand, and the committee should get a little boost above that mark once final reports for October are posted. FLC had taken in about $110,000 in contributions through Oct. 26 and had posted $48,452 in expenditures as of Oct. 29,…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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Even though classic costumes such as witches, vampires and Frankenstein’s monster may have gone out of style and been replaced by superheroes and Star Wars characters, the Halloween spirit is alive and well. The Florida Department of Health said this week that the average American will eat 3.4 pounds of candy this weekend, and many kids will eat more than 70,000 calories during their post trick-or-treating binge. It’ll take more than a couple loops around the block to work that off. There’s no such thing as Halloween…

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Corcoran & Johnston hauls in $1.3 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Corcoran & Johnston collected an estimated $1.3 million during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The firm’s largest invoices came from Sharon Robinson, who is a guardian and personal representative seeking relief from the state of Florida. Robinson easily broke six figures in paying $84,000 for legislative lobbying efforts and between $30,000 -$39,999 for executive branch lobbying. The iconic Fontainebleu Florida Hotel in Miami also paid a pretty penny for representation in Tallahassee last quarter — its total fees ran to…

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Anfield Consulting takes in $560K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Anfield Consulting collected $560,000 last reporting quarter, according to estimates based on recently submitted compensation reports. The team of Frank Bernardino, Edgar Fernandez, Lee Killinger and Albert Balido managed a profitable portfolio of 87 contracts that was heavy on the legislative side of the ledger. Some $405,000 of its earnings came from work with state lawmakers, and the remaining $155,000 stemming from executive agency lobbying. The firm’s single biggest contract was with engineering and business consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff, which each paid Anfield between $30,000-$39,999 in legislative…

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