CRESPOGRAM REPORT
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
JORGE LUIS LOPEZ BELIEVES IN GIVING BACK
GIVING MONEY AND GIFTS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS IS ONE WAY THAT ALLOWS LOBBYIST JORGE LUIS LOPEZ TO DO THE LORD’S WORK

Last January, as part of my story about how Miami-State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle raked in tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, I revealed how lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez gave her Miami Heat Playoff tickets worth $1550.

Lopez is the lobbyist for the Miami Heat, so his ability to come up with tickets for Playoff games was not a big deal, and of course as I wrote at the time, one had to wonder if he came up with Playoff tickets for the State Attorney, what kinds of gifts might he have come up with for those fine folks on the County Commission who had extended the County’s contract with the Heat and the AAA Arena on terms that some thought screwed the taxpayer.


Lopez has a lot of clients and lots of politicians who he considers “friends.” One of those “friends” is none other than my personal pal, Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. 


Lopez and Sarnoff also have a professional relationship of sorts.  Sarnoff is the Chairman of the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and in 2013 and 2014, the DDA Board approved a contract with Lopez for $50,000 a year to represent them before the County Commission.


OCTOBER 18, 2013

OCTOBER 17, 2014

This year, things changed. Instead of receiving an extension of his contract in October, Lopez  received the extension on July 17th.  More significantly,  in a subtle, but significant way the language of the contract was changed so that this coming year Lopez, instead of receiving $50,000 will receive $60,000, a pay increase of $10,000. 

To appreciate the significance of this change, here is the contract extension for Southern Strategies that the DDA uses as its Tallahassee lobbyist.  The terms remain the same, even though a lot of effort was expended by the DDA and Southern Strategies this year in Tallahassee in getting a change to the ad valorem tax base calculation that fund the DDA.

Of course one could wonder why the DDA needs a high-priced lobbyist to pimp for them with the County Commission given that among its board members is Bruno Barreiro, a County Commissioner who’s developed somewhat of a reputation as a pimp for his well-heeled friends and constituents.  It seems like kind of an extravagant expense to give Jorge Luis Lopez $60,000 to do what Barreiro and others on the DDA Board are capable of doing for free, but then again it’s just taxpayer money, so really how can you expect anyone on that board gives a flying fuck, right?


Anyhow, as I said above, Lopez and my pal Sarnoff are really close pals and it just so happened that 2 months before the DDA decided to redo the contract with Lopez giving him that extra $10,000 - and clearly just a coincidence resulting from that deep friendship - it turns out that Jorge Luis Lopez had donated $10,000 to the Sarnoff ECO.

Some people say that there no such thing as a coincidence, especially when it comes to political donations that often appear as a quid-pro-quo of trading money for favors, but I would disagree. 


Miami truly is a magical place when it comes to the largesse of well-heeled folks who like to give money to politicians. Living in Miami is like living in Las Vegas, only better, because coincidences happen here a lot more often than a big jackpot comes up on a Million Dollar Slot Machine.


The magic of Miami is so strong that it even makes some folks believe in the power of Jesus.


Unlike so many of his sleazy lobbyist brethren, Jorge Luis Lopez is a God fearing man who wakes up most mornings behind the Golden Gates of his little mansion in Coconut Grove thankful and happy that he lives in such a magical place.  Thanks to Twitter he seldom passes up an opportunity to give praise for his good fortune and professing his commitment to doing the Lord’s work.

I’ve heard that recently Jorge Luis Lopez might have gotten a message from the Lord that the best way to do his will is to go around attacking some of the candidates running against his bestest pal’s wife, Teresa “The Beard” Sarnoff.


In Miami, the Lord does indeed work in truly mysterious ways.

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