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Web video: Rick Scott attempts to link Bill McCollum to housing market collapse

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Just saw the new ad from Rick Scott, who blasts Bill McCollum for his votes related to the housing market collapse. The script for Rick Scott’s new ad: (Male announcer): 45% of homeowners owe more than their homes are worth. How’d it happen? Congress made the mess… Loosened regulations, pushed banks to make risky loans. Congressman bill mccollum? He voted yes. So the mortgage industry made mccollum a high-paid lobbyist… And lobbyist bill mccollum? Pushed for even more risky loans.…

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City of St. Petersburg’s lobbyist resigns – updated

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The effervescent Laura Boehmer has resigned from her position as the City of St. Petersburg’s full-time lobbyist, less than five weeks after Mayor Bill Foster took office. According to my sources, Ms. Boehmer has agreed to take a position with uber lobbying firm Southern Strategies. “Laura has represented St. Petersburg very well in Tallahassee over the past several years, and we wish her well as she continues her career in legislative affairs with a private firm,” said Senior Administrator Dave…

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City of St. Petersburg’s lobbyist resigns – updated

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The effervescent Laura Boehmer has resigned from her position as the City of St. Petersburg’s full-time lobbyist, less than five weeks after Mayor Bill Foster took office. According to my sources, Ms. Boehmer has agreed to take a position with uber lobbying firm Southern Strategies. “Laura has represented St. Petersburg very well in Tallahassee over the past several years, and we wish her well as she continues her career in legislative affairs with a private firm,” said Senior Administrator Dave…

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Tallahassee lobbyist’s shadowy 527 behind mailers for Steve Kornell

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Take a closer look at the latest direct mail for Steve Kornell and you will see that it is paid for by “Liberty and Justice for All,” an ECO formed last year by prominent Tallahassee lawyer/lobbyist Mark Herron, who is best-known for representing public officials accused of ethical violations. Here’s what Herron said about the ECO when asked by blogger Bob Norman: I asked him about the organization’s birth. “I just had an idea about the name and decided to…

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Lobbyist Marc Dunbar featured in this month’s issue of Ante Up (poker) magazine

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Usually its the likes of rounders Phil Helmuth or Jackie Chan on the cover of poker magazines, but this month the award-winning Ante Up magazine features lobbyist Marc Dunbar, “one of the most powerful players in Florida gaming, yet he doesn’t own a casino or parimutuel facility.” A must-read for any poker-playing political aficionado.

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Jack Abramoff’s impact felt in Florida

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There have been those in some quarters who have attempted to dismiss the Jack Abramoff scandal as an inside the Beltway issue that doesn’t matter to “average” Americans. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In my experience, it’s true that voters really don’t care about campaign finance scandals or issues like that, despite how much emphasis the media puts on these matters. Any campaign I worked on that involved some component of political financial scandal by either of the…

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