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Genting's political check writers have had a busy few weeks

Genting's political check writers, who had taken a bit of a break since the legislative session ended without passing their casino resort legislation, have been busy. The Malaysian-based casino giant has written a whopping $431,000 in campaign contributions since July 16, during the run-up to the primary.

The largest chunk of money -- $189,000 -- went to the company's newly formed political committee as it prepares to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. (Presumably they are polling ballot language to give to petition gatherers on election day.) The rest of it went to mega contributions to the political committees of some key legislative players such as Sens. Jack Latvala and Joe Negron. Who is the Republican to watch in the casino-resistant House? Jason Brodeur of Sanford.

Here's our list from both Genting's coffers and Bayfront Development LLC, Genting's Miami-based development company:

* $70,000 to the Republican Party of Florida

* $50,000 to the Democratic Party of Florida

* $40,000 to the Florida Conservative Action Committee run by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart

* $20,000 to the Florida Leadership Fund run by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg

* $20,000 to Citizens for Enterprising Democracy run by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford

* $20,000 to Citizens First, an electioneering organization run by Genting lawyer and political consultant, John French

* $10,000 to Committee for a Prosperous Florida run by Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate

* $5,000 to The Future is Now, Coral Gables-based electioneering organization run by Francis Suarez and Jose "Pepe" Riesco, allies of Lincoln Diaz Balart, the former congressman and now a Genting consultant.

* $5,000 to Citizens for Common Sense run by Rep. Daryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg

* $2,500 to Alliance for Progressive Representation run by Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale.



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PEter Schorsch

Pro-gambling committee ‘New Jobs and Revenue for Florida’ now at nearly $800K raised for possible petition drive.



In the history of state legislative politics, rarely does a bold new plan for new business investment get approved on the first go 'round.

That's because in the next election cycle, the pols know there will be more campaign contributions forthcoming from the proponents ...

This also gins up the contributions from the entrenched, existing business interests opposing the new industry wanting to move in.

Anyone who thinks the standard old political process is not still the way things work--on the "pay to play" model or the mobsters' "protection racket" model (take your pick)--is deluded.

John Balzer

Genting wrote some checks. The Herald fails to point out that those who fear the competition from Genting also wrote some checks, in fact those sums from Disney and the Seminoles dwarf the Genting contributions. The best article I've ever read about the entire subject was in the Florida Clarion. Here's the link:

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