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Among those who voted against the stadium is Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez. But even after his vote against approving taxpayer money to build the ballpark, Martinez voted to approve Hunt/Moss as the builder.
How to explain that flip-flop?
"I was against the stadium funding," Martinez says. "But Hunt/Moss ... seemed very qualified to me."
Here's what Martinez doesn't mention: He has accepted thousands in donations from Moss & Associates.
According to disclosure reports, in March 2008 Martinez received $500 checks from both Chad and Scott Moss — Bob's sons and vice presidents at Moss & Associates. He also garnered $500 each from Ron Dunn, the company's executive vice president, and Bruce Moldow, the firm's chief legal counsel. Records show that Martinez is the only county commissioner to take money from Moss execs last year.
Moldow, furthermore, was among the Centex-Rooney employees cited by the FEC in 2003. Chad Moss says he's never met Joe Martinez. "Simply put, a friend of mine asked me to donate," he says, adding that he probably passed that recommendation on to his brother, Scott. "I'm sure [Martinez] doesn't even know who my brother and I are."
Chad Moss disputes the idea that his donations might have influenced Martinez to vote for the Hunt/Moss contract. "I doubt a thousand bucks would buy you much." His father, Bob, adds: "I don't know Martinez personally."
Indeed, despite all the acrimony, Martinez supports Hunt/Moss — which was picked by the Marlins without the normal competition required under county guidelines. "I may question the administration about why this even needs to be a joint venture, but it wouldn't change my vote," he says.