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Diaz de la Portilla weighs in on bid dispute after check to brother's camp

One week before Senate Majority Leader Alex Diaz de la Portilla of Miami sent a letter to help a kidney dialysis company in a bitter contract dispute over prison medical services, his brother's campaign received a $15,000 check from the head of the company, state campaign finance reports show.

Diaz de la Portilla's letter, on Senate majority office stationary, was used by lawyers for Miami Beach-based Orion Medical Enterprises to persuade a state Department of Corrections official to halt the bidding process.

Both Diaz de la Portilla and the company's owner, Dr. Allan Jacob, deny any link between the campaign cash and the letter. But the contribution shows the flow of unlimited campaign cash into legislative coffers from executives who want to do business with the state. More here.