Robaina, Gimenez, and Llorente Got Their Soft Money Working Hard

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke -- who is a candidate to replace more-boring-than-bread-pudding ex-Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez on May 24 -- follows the money financing his opponents.

Before even filing his first campaign contribution report, my opponent Julio Robaina boasted April 1 on his Facebook page about raising more than $600,000. So far, the Hialeah mayor and the two other so-called front-runners in the mayor's race -- county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente -- have raised a combined $1.2 million.That kind of money is nothing to brag about. You have to ask: What do the people who provide that cash expect in return?

But the money given directly to these candidates is only part of the game. It's policed, and contributors are limited to $500 each. Then there's the soft money -- from political action committees -- with no contribution limit. Though not expressly tied to candidates, PACs often do the dirty work.

Consider Common Sense Now, a PAC chaired by Gimenez. It was launched this past November as a way to restore sanity to county government after then-Mayor Carlos Alvarez had stirred things up. The group has collected $277,000, including sizable donations from individuals and corporations that have given to Gimenez's mayoral effort and do business with the county. For instance, real estate developer Jeffrey Berkowitz, who raised $5,500 for Gimenez, gave Common Sense $15,000 this past December. High-end builder Coastal Construction Group forked over $10,000.

Since Alvarez was recalled March 15, the PAC has spent money on consultants who are working on Gimenez's campaign. Among them is Florida International University professor Dario Moreno, who has been paid $22,623.

Then there's the Truth for Our Community, a PAC chaired by Robaina buddy and Hialeah Housing Authority executive director Julio Ponce. It took up the Hialeah pol's efforts against slot machines in Miami-Dade and term limits in Hialeah. It has raised more than $400,000, at least some from people and companies that do business with the county.

And Llorente chairs a PAC too. It's called A New Day in Miami-Dade and had raised $17,000 as of March 31.

Who is controlling this race? The same developers, lobbyists, charter school owners, and corporate barons responsible for the collapse of the real estate market and the public school system. Greed, not reform, is driving this special election.You have to follow the money to know what is really going on.

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VoteforLuke
VoteforLuke

I'm voting for Luke because all the others are insider fucks that don't need any more of my tax money!!!

La_raza
La_raza

luke, you are a blabbering fool. get the idea of running for anything out of your head. you are and forever will be the consumate jackass on the corner talking trash. and, i got news for you, keep crying, the whites and latins in dade county will continue to run you and those like you out of here. by the way, if you plan on continuing to stay in OUR COUNTRY learn some spanish. in the next 20-30 yrs. the majority will be hispanic/latino. dont try to glam, and think there is some kind of connection to us, because "there aint". you think shit was bad with whitey, just sit back and see how it goes when we take over.

Pepi
Pepi

Those 3 guys should be out just based on the money! It would be nice for a true investigative reporter show to bring up all the money trails and the gargage that some of this guys have behind it. Luke is fun to watch and says some valid things but, has no place as the Mayor.

Ryanmale
Ryanmale

You might want to make whatever-the-hell it is you're talking about clearer next time you decide to sneak your hand under the table and give your opponent's balloon knot a little tickle. All I got from this article is that Uncle Luke is running for Count Commissioner (maybe...) and that his opponents have to raise money for advertising while he gets his for free from the New Times - which is fine with me, I couldn't give a flaming shit in a pedophile's tinderbox love-shack whether or not any of them win.

Stick to bullshit selling-points if you can't make what you're trying to say clear enough for people outside of the political spectrum to understand.

Guest
Guest

I can't wait to vote for you in this election, Uncle Luke!

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Headstrung89
Headstrung89

You know I like this column. Sure good ole Uncle Luke likely does not stand a serious chance to win this election, but these kind of taboo facts I believe will help the voter make an even more educated decision.

Like all poltical, business, and crime stories, follow the money and you will get the facts.

Guest123
Guest123

Luther Campbell should be the voice of Marijuana legalization. He is guaranteed all of the young votes if he takes this approach.

Also, pretty unethical to use this publication for campaign purposes.

Luther has no chance of winning. His only chance really is to do some drastic like fight for Marijuana reform. Otherwise he will continue to be a laughing stock.

Mia Chenique
Mia Chenique

am tired of these republicans and there lobbist they have turned politics for only the very wealthy elite..this country loves the rich that don't pay taxes

Mia Chenique
Mia Chenique

i hope he wins..reporters are messed up but so are there supporters... he is not a crook like those sold out whores in congress and a crook like scott

Michy1
Michy1

i expect in-depth reporter from New Times. Not cheap shots.

guest
guest

It is unethical to use your column to campaign. I am shocked and disappointed in the MNT for allowing it.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

La_raza, what an appropriate name. Just so you know, in 20-30 years, hispanics will be the the largest minority - not the largest group population. Whites will, for the next 100+ years, continue to be the majority of this country. That means you will have to know English to get a job, unless you live in Miami. This is not YOUR country either idiot. When your "kind" becomes too out of control, this country will start to impose restrictions on immigration and you can bet on that. This country has a way of restricting large groups of immigrants and I can guarantee you will never take over. Good luck with that though. Learning spanish is not the problem here, it is you that is the problem. Your ignorance belongs back in your home country only.

Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan

Yes Earl, what Miami Dade needs is a drug addled foul mouthed bankrupt ex rapper. At least he'll be representative of his constituents. BTW, love how he says "my opponent Julio Robaina", it's like a mosquito saying "my opponent Giant Fly Swatter".

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Listen, this is more than marijuana legalization. Besides, a local law cannot override a FEDERAL law in place. You are an idiot if all you want is marijuana legalized you do not understand anything else LC stands for. Also, marijuana legalization is a liberal ideology so that obviously does not fit into your category. And if LC can't use MNT to campaign, where else is he going to campaign? The Miami Herald? Too many right wingers write for that paper. So go ahead and continue voting for your ethnic self-serving assholes if thats all you care about. You idiots are all self-defeating voters.

Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan

Guess you don't know the New Times paid for Luke's filing fee? It's all a media stunt.

La_raza
La_raza

hey matthew,you have no understanding of the current political reality. al sharpton is very quick to come to miami and talk about police brutality, and what has traspired here with the recent shootings of black males in miami. what you will NEVER SEE HIM DO is talk about or visit the southwest about the ethnic cleansing going on in california by orders of the surenos, and the mexican mafia, both of whom have a working relationship with the aryan brotherhood. check this out.... even though we are not a country that has spanish as its official language, we are the 5th largest spanish speaking country in the world. this means that your children and grandchildren will get knocked up by one of our own, and you WILL SUBMIT TO LA RAZA. think im making this stuff up check out websites from 'LA RAZA' and "LA MECHA".... "for those outside the race, nothing, and for those outside the race.. NOTHING. we love how the liberals and democrats want us, need us (because of our vote), and want us here.and for your information, my home country is here. california, new mexico, texas, arizona, and nevada belonged to us. and i got news for you. it will be taken back, you know why??? you will subsidize the take over. so buy a spanish english dictionary and brush up cuz you will need it BITCH!

iuzzolth
iuzzolth

Who is your ideal candidate Marshall? Please enlighten us.

guest
guest

It's a dangerous media stunt if he takes votes away from qualified candidates. Do we really want Hialeah Julio as mayor???

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Like I said. Good luck with that. We'll get ICE on all you a$$holes and you'll just be sent back to your inferior country. You may take over places like Miami, LA, Phoenix, Houston etc. but I'll be damned if your kind will ever rule this country. Good luck. You have a lot of work to do so you better start doing it now if you plan on "taking over" in the next 100 years. I do not support the Arizona immigration law because it is a bigoted law. But I am 100% for sending you La_Raza assholes back to your country.

Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan

The five or six votes he's going to take away will be meaningless. The New Times is playing this masterfully, milking Luke for all the crazy they can extract, and then they'll have Robaina to bat around. Because God forbid we ever get a decent politician, what would a muckraking rag do?

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