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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 start it,” he told me.

“What, you heard the Pledge of Allegiance?” I asked him.

“No, I was reading the Constitution, OK?” he said, laughing. “I just thought it was a good name for an ECO that would be involved in judicial races.”

Early on, money donated to the ECO was indeed used in a Hillsborough County court race, thanks primarily to a $15,000 contribution made by big Democratic donor Charles Brink of Tampa. I asked Herron about Brink.

“I don’t know who he is, to tell you the truth,” Herron said. “I just got the check and put it in the bank.”

Welcome to the world of ECOs – it has all the secrecy of Mafia dealings, complete with bag men. During my interview with Herron, he seemed to have sworn his oath to omerta.

For more information about the shadowy 527 backing Steve Kornell, please read this article.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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