So are we when we say it now. In particular, a campaign budget issue relating to more bundled contributions found by Ladra as she lazily perused the last report submitted weeks ago, actually looking for something else. These common addresses and connections just jumped off the page.
The devils in these details may be:
- Developer Lewis Swezy, tied to the "House of Lies" public housing scandal uncovered by the Miami Herald. Swezy has donated at least $14,500 in 29 contributions (we think it's $15,000 but can't find that last $500 maximum check) to Robaina's campaign. Swezy may want more county work. He was awarded some public housing projects after he hired consultant Rene Rodriguez, the former county housing director who was investigated and found to have quietly steered millions in public housing dollars to a group of developers for kickbacks and favors.
- Developer Sergio Pino, who plunked down $5,000 in ten maximum checks and who is owns West Kendall property adjacent to a 160-acre parcel Robaina and his partners requested zoning changes to develop a community of homes called Kenndall Commons.
- Developer Carlos Herrera, who has funneled $10,500 into the Robaina campaign through his multiple companies and the companies of his business partners, Jose Fano and Pedro Adrian. So far that we could find, that is.
- Real Estate investor Sergio Pereira and his business partners, Pedro Pelaez, Jose Gonzalez and Freddy Balsera, who have contributed down $5,500 at least in different bundled contributions. But Balsera has certainly already gotten a return for his investment, getting $168,000 in consulting fees so far for the campaign. Nice work if you can get it.
- Felipe Valls, who owns Versailles and the La Carreta franchise -- as well as a Hialeah car wash with a plethora of code enforcement and safety violations that are just being overlooked and unenforced, even though a neighbor complained -- gave $3,000 through different companies, but Ladra suspects there is more there that we haven't found yet.
- Joaquin Aviño, who was found tied to six company contributions totalling $6,000.
- The Galbut family, who gave $5,000 in 10 separate maximum checks from different family members and real estate, mortgage, retail and nursing home companies.
Are those the people we want to elect?