Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Allegedly Made Campaign Ad With City Resources

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The 94-second video opens with a still shot of Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman sporting a crisp white dress shirt, bold red tie, and dark pressed slacks. His hands are on his hips and his hair is slicked back, Mitt Romney-style. An off-screen narrator with a baritone voice praises Bateman as the greatest elected official of Miami-Dade's second-oldest city: "Mayor Steve Bateman is an effective, energetic, and smart leader with guts to make the tough decisions."

Sounds like any other cheesy campaign ad. Problem is, new records show this one was contracted through the city's public information office and directed by Bateman's top assistant -- a clear violation of state election law, which requires such ads be organized and financed by campaign staffs.

Even more embarrassing for the mayor is that the conflict of interest has only emerged because the videographer, Jorge Delgado, is suing the city for $8,200 he says Bateman has stiffed him on.

Batemen and his staffers all declined to comment on the video because of Delgado's pending lawsuit. Delgado didn't return two phone calls.



But if the mayor plans to argue that the piece wasn't a campaign spot -- or that city resources didn't go into making it -- Delgado's lawsuit is a custom-made folder of evidence to the contrary.

Emails from the cameraman show that city spokeswoman Begoñes Cazalis and Bateman's personal assistant, Lourdes Llanos, personally hired him. On September 8, Llano asked if he "would be interested in working with [them] again this year." Twenty-one days later, Cazalis sent Delgado an another email: "You are confirmed for the Oct. 27 event. Thanks. We'll be in touch to finalize the details."

When he realized he would need more equipment for the spot, Delgado says, he informed Bateman and Llano it would cost more than his original quote of $6,000, and they didn't protest. However, after Delgado submitted his invoice for $14,200, the mayor never paid the difference, the cameraman says.

Bateman should have ponied up. Now the mayor will likely have campaign finance questions to answer instead of just an $8,200 bill.

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Taxpayer money used?
Taxpayer money used?

Another corrupt elected official.

The issue is not the quality of the ad. Who paid the bills? The City or the corrupt politician?

Was taxpayer money used to help the sleazy mayor get re-elected?

luldangs
luldangs

Steve Bateman? More liek Patrick Bateman, amirite?

Steadystupid
Steadystupid

$14,000 for that? $6000 for that? Looks like a 5th grader made it with windows movie maker. there is almost zero overhead associated with that. fuck you need a budget for dawg? jesus fuck that is an awful piece of shit. fuck all those motherfuckers: the mayor for wasting taxes, and the video shit head for making such a piece of shit for so much money

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