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Frank Tsamoutales and Mike Haridopolos settle lawsuits

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Lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales and former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos have settled their respective lawsuits against each other, court records show. The terms of the agreement, reached earlier this month, were not available in online court dockets. Haridopolos and Douglas Marks, Tsamoutales’ attorney, did not immediately respond to separate emails sent Tuesday. Tsamoutales sued first in February, in Leon County. He is based in Tallahassee but has clients across the United States. Tsamoutales filed a fraud and breach of contract complaint, saying Haridopolos “trad(ed) on his former political positions to…

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Mike Haridopolos bails on rumored return to state Senate

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After openly floating a state Senate candidacy — and thereby reneging on his promise to back state Rep. Ritch Workman in his hometown district — former Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Tuesday he will not seek to return to the Legislature. “After thoroughly considering this opportunity and the call by many in my community to run for the state Senate, weighted with what is best for our family when our children are at such a pivotal point in their lives, we have decided it is best that I not…

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Is Mike Haridopolos eyeing return to Florida Senate?

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Former state Sen. Mike Haridopolos is considering a possible return to the Florida Senate, according to two current members of the chamber’s leadership team who have discussed a possible campaign with him. The Merritt Island Republican is eyeing Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a Rockledge Republican who is term-limited. But that seat is also being sought by GOP state Reps. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach and Ritch Workman of Melbourne. No matter: The lawmakers who have met with Haridopolos say he is actively working to elbow Workman…

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Don’t blink: Now Mike Haridopolos is suing Frank Tsamoutales

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The day after lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales sued former Senate President Mike Haridopolos for fraud and breach of contract, Haridopolos shot back with his own lawsuit, saying Tsamoutales never paid him. Haridopolos filed his own breach of contract claim Tuesday in Brevard Circuit Civil Court; the former senator lives in Merritt Island. He served as President in 2010-12 and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, ending his campaign in 2011. In August 2013, Haridopolos went to work as an independent contractor for Tsamoutales Strategies, a lobbying firm that is based in Tallahassee but represents clients…

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In war of words, Frank Tsamoutales sues Mike Haridopolos first

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Longtime lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales has filed suit against former Senate President Mike Haridopolos, who until recently worked for him, saying the ex-politician committed fraud and breach of contract by “trading on his former political positions to receive large sums of money” instead of “performing meaningful work,” according to a complaint. Haridopolos called the suit “laughable,” saying it was a preemptive strike against Haridopolos’ own planned lawsuit for nonpayment of more than $400,000 in fees that Haridopolos told FloridaPolitics.com he’s still owed. Tsamoutales filed…

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Tsamoutales Strategies takes in $180K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Tsamoutales Strategies — the three-lobbyist firm where former Senate President Mike Haridopolos plies his trade — collected $80,000 in fees between April 1 and June 30, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The U.S. arm of Spain-based company Abengoa Water anchored the firm’s client list, contributing between $30,000-$39,999 for both legislative and executive lobbying services last quarter for a total of some $70,000 in Q2 earnings. International Speedway Corp., which built and maintains the track that hosts the Daytona 500, was the firm’s…

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