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Rich Heffley added as defendant in Mendelsohn-Ryan civil suit

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More legal trouble has landed in the lap of Alan Mendelsohn, a Hollywood doctor and former big-time Republican fundraiser who pleaded not guilty in September to a 32-count public-corruption indictment and in June to five criminal tax charges.

Mendelsohn was recently added as a defendant to a Broward civil lawsuit filed by former state Rep. Tim Ryan in 2008 involving the state Senate race he lost to Eleanor Sobel.

Political consultant Richard Heffley was also added as a defendant.

Ryan’s suit accuses a secretive electioneering group, People for a Better Florida Fund, of distorting his record.

Mendelsohn, who raised money for the fund, “took the Fifth Amendment on every question practically,” said Ryan’s attorney Skip Campbell.

Mendelsohn’s attorney, Alvin Entin, called the lawsuit “a bad faith political move on Skip Campbell’s part.”

In the criminal case, Mendelsohn is accused of raising more than $2 million to influence legislators, paying $87,000 to an unidentified former public official, and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on his children’s education and his former mistress.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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