The following article from the 1/8/98, electronic edition of the Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, Sun-Sentinel is part of an analysis to determine the
similarities between the modus operandi of the Florida Bar and organized
crime (utilizing a series of Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel articles on
government lawyer legal fees.)
IN THE LOOP
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Florida Interactive, Inc.
- Campaign contributions don't guarantee lawyers government contracts.
But they can put lawyers in the political loop, which can help when
elected officials hand out government contracts. More than a dozen South
Florida law firms consistently contribute to, or raise money for, local
politicians' election campaigns.
- Partners, associates, spouses and other family members also routinely
show up on campaign finance reports. Some of the biggest campaign
contributors, listed below, have numerous contracts with Broward and Palm
Beach county agencies. Contributions went to candidates for the Broward
and Palm Beach County Commissions, Broward and Palm Beach County School
Boards and Broward Sheriff Ron Cochran from 1993 through 1996:
- Greenberg, Traurig, Hoffman, Lipoff, Rosen & Quentel, Fort Lauderdale
- Becker & Poliakoff, Hollywood -- $23,527
- Conrad, Scherer & Jenne, Fort Lauderdale -- $17,578
- Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell, Fort Lauderdale -- $16,550
- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Fort Lauderdale -- $13,451
- Source: Broward and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections.
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examining the modus operandi of the Florida Bar.
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