Auto magnate Norman Braman and Miami-Dade mayoral hopeful Raquel Regalado are suing Miami and Miami-Dade County over county funding for the SkyRise Miami tower. And while both share billing as plaintiffs, it's the billionaire paying the lawyers.
In a financial disclosure form filed with the county school board, Regalado reported an $8,660 gift from Braman for her 50-percent share of the suit's legal bill for the first three months of 2015. The suit was filed Feb. 5 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, and the Carlton Fields law firm is representing Braman and Regalado, now in her second term on the school board.
In her filing, Regalado, a former practicing lawyer now working as an unpaid radio host, said she did not believe ethics rules required the disclosure since Braman would be paying the lawyers whether or not she was involved in the suit.
She wrote she is disclosing the gift "for purposes of ensuring full transparency related to this issue."
Read the disclosure form here.