Genting Executives Contribute To Incumbent County Commissioners

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Read our previous coverage of Genting's political contributions.

The Malaysian gambling conglomerate that wants to build a casino resort on the site of the Miami Herald headquarters believes in county commissioners Audrey Edmonson, Bruno Barreiro, Barbara Jordan and Dennis Moss, the quartet of incumbents who have been targeted for elimination by auto dealer mogul Norman Braman. A review of their most recent quarterly campaign reports shows that two companies controlled by Genting executives Christian Goode and Jessica Hoppe gave each commissioner $1,000 for their reelection campaigns.

Last year, Goode donated $500 to the reelection campaign of county Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his employer Genting New York contributed $10,000 to the mayor's political action committee Common Sense Now. Goode and Hoppe are president and vice-president, respectively, of Genting-owned Resorts World Miami.

Over the weekend, the Herald reported Genting has given $697,000 to the state Republican and Democratic parties as the company continues to pursue its ambitious plan to get a gambling license for its Resorts World Miami project. Genting is also looking at gathering signatures to add a constitutional amendment on the 2014 statewide ballot.

Genting's estimated $3 billion redevelopment project hit several roadblocks shortly after the firm announced its plan in a grand style. It met resistance from existing parimutuels and gambling interests in Florida because Genting would get a more significant tax break. There was also a local grassroots movement, including supporters of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Herald critics like former Miami Mayor Joe Carrollo, against Genting.

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marlaspuds
marlaspuds

And what is the reason Genting’s Christian Goode and Jessica Hoppe  should not support local county commission candidates who support the casino gambling industry?  Goode and Hoppe have the constitutional right to contribute to candidates for public office who share their views.   

 

 

HarringtonHouse
HarringtonHouse

Genting should put Casinos on the ballot--let the people decide!

mchlwnd
mchlwnd

i am for genting casino,it will be good for miami and south florida and move braman dealership to 441 where they all will be  and close ocean cadillac in bay harbor islands33154 the most corrupt area in florida.thank you.

sunnivelquez
sunnivelquez

The Genting employees have the right to support who they want.  Its not like $1,000 or $500 really means a lot anyway, and its not like Genting is forcing them to contribute the way the Seminoles have done to their own low-paid employees.  It so wrong what the Seminoles have done!

 

The fact of the matter in this issue is that this is an issue where the voters of Florida should have the last word.  In other words, put it on the ballot and let us decide what WE, THE PEOPLE, WANT!

JHaven
JHaven

Didn't i read in the Miami Herald how the Seminoles were demanding their employees to contribute to their PAC to fight Genting and gambling expansion?

 

THIS IS DESPICABLE!

 

THE SEMINOLES SHOULD BE ASHAMED of themselves involving their employees and making such demands of them!  Are they going to fire those who do not?  Probably!  

 

Enough of the Seminoles having the monopoly and screwing the state with ultra low tax payments! 

JHaven
JHaven

This is an issue that needs to be voted upon by Floridians, not by politicians who are bought off by special interests.  Let the people decide!

duncandewey009
duncandewey009

Seriously, who cares!  Its not like Norman Braman, Micky Arison, Disney, the pari-mutuels and the Seminoles are not doing exactly the same!  In fact, that group are much worse!  The Seminoles have being buying off politicians for years, beginning with how they bought-off Charlie Crist to issue them that fraudulent, unfair compact! 

jjjohn2920
jjjohn2920

The politicians screwed the pooch.  It is time to take the issue out of their hands and Let The People Decide!    Everyone already knows that if the people of Florida have a chance to vote for the destination resort casinos in south Florida they would approve it in a heartbeat. 

 

LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

sofiacantino
sofiacantino

So much fuss over 1 casino. If it was Donald Trump everyone would support it. But because its a foreign gambling conglomerate that we don't know much about, we oppose it.

 

The bottom line - we need the jobs. Those of us out of work should be able to decide

josegonzalez282828
josegonzalez282828

Walt Disney has spent $1.8 MILLION to Legislators in Florida last year.  Why doesn't the New Times do an article about that?

 

Disney, the Seminoles, and a bunch of other Florida monopolies are all joining forces, and media connections, to try to prevent the casino from being developed.

 

We need the jobs in Florida that the new resort would bring.  Let's begin to discuss the REAL issues, like jobs and educational opportunities for our children.

kathleensmith84
kathleensmith84

Why is this news? $1,000 in a political campaign is nothing. Most of the Politicians screwed Genting- they have the right to support anyone they want.

MistrWrong
MistrWrong

I think Genting should just say "We are going to build a billion dollar casino and we would like the City of Miami and the City of Havana, Cuba to bid on it and we will award the contract to the winning city"  It would all be approved within 24 hours...

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