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Daycares hire Bogdanoff to run trade organization

State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff has a new job title today: the de facto executive director of the statewide organization representing child care and early learning facilities.

Bogdanoff said the ink has barely dried on her contract with the Florida Association for Child Care Management. The organization hired her consulting company, Enterprising Business Strategies, to help grow its membership and increase the level of services it provides, such as accreditation and continuing education. The Florida Association for Child Care Management also represents its members in Tallahassee, tracking bills and pushing for early education reforms and state funding.

Bogdanoff, at Ft. Lauderdale Republican, said she will not be lobbying legislators or members of the executive branch as part of her new role. The organization uses the Smith, Bryan & Myers firm to handle those tasks.

“I’m just going to basically manage the operations,” she said.

The senator's work begins immediately under the renewable annual contract, but she would not say how much her firm is being paid.

Bogdanoff is among a handful of legislators who work for trade organizations that keep an eye toward Tallahassee. Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, is CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, serves as executive director of Northeast Florida Builders Association, while another Jacksonville Republican, Rep. Lake Ray, is president of the First Coast Manufacturing Association. Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, is president of the Kissimee/Osceola County Chamber.

Bogdanoff said she is aware of ethics guidelines and will take appropriate action if any perceived conflicts arise.

“There’s a firewall on certain issues and I’m not going to engage on those issues,” she said. “If its appropriate for me to issue a disclosure, I’ll issue a disclosure.”