« Ethics panel refuses to zing Zapata over bitter feud | Main | Governor to release budget "priorities" on Thursday »

Bennett beats the rap over charges he killed bill to hurt developer

Sen. Mike Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, has been cleared by the Florida Commission on Ethics on charges that he used his position to try to force a developer to work out a deal with another developer. The dispute stems from a battle during the 2007 session when Bennett killed a local bill that would have created a special taxing district for approximately 5,700 acres in North Port in Sarasota County.

The lead prosecutor on the case concluded that while it was true that Bennett did kill the local bill there is not evidence that Bennett "misused" his position. However, the investigative report contains serious allegations, including that Bennett went to bat for former State Sen. Pat Neal, who owned property adjacent to the land targeted for the taxing district, and that Neal demanded $20 million from  the developer of the property in exchange for dropping opposition to the project.

Here's the investigative report: Download bennett_investigation.pdf
Here's the recommendation on what actions should be taken against Bennett: Download bennett_recommendation.pdf


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Ben Watchin

Bennett needs to have a full time chaparone.
His idea of ethics follows the "if I beat the rap it must be ethical" theme. Remember the plane ride to Canada ?
$48,000 for him and Crankie Franklie Farkas to
learn more about gambling( and drinking and women?)Ethics? Who needs em!
This guy needs to be replaced.


Ben Watchin must be blind. I read both reports, and it looked like bogus charge. Ben Watching must be blind or can't read

The comments to this entry are closed.