Florida Commission on Ethics

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Deerfield Beach Mayor Engaged in "Ethical Misconduct," OIG Report Says

    This item was contributed by Deerfield Beach blogger/activist Chaz Stevens. New Times obtained an exclusive copy of the Broward Inspector General's Office (OIG 14-01) Preliminary Report: Misconduct by Deerfield Beach Mayor Jean Robb. This 22-page document "established probable cause to believe that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Rick Scott Nominates Two for FAU Board of Trustees: IT Whiz Kid, Vero Ad Exec

    Our robotic governor last week nominated a youngish IT gazillionaire and an Indian River County advertising executive to fill two vacancies on FAU's Board of Trustees. Whether the nominations constitute an honor or a cross remains to be seen. See also: - FAU President and Trustees Keep Saying Ridic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ethics Complaint Filed Against Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

    It appears that Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has had an ethics complaint filed against him. According to Bob Norman, the complaint was filed by a former Broward Sheriff's Office commander over a five-day cruise to the Bahamas that Israel took his family on aboard a campaign donor's $35 million supe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Integrity Florida Is Working to Make Sure State Leaders Make Good On Promises on Ethics Reform

    Back in March, the non-profit watchdog group Integrity Florida put out a study that said Florida was number one in terms of being the most corrupt state in the U.S. Their study found that a whopping 1,762 of Florida's public officials have been convicted of public corruption since 1976. From 2000 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Former Broward Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin Insists She's Done Nothing Wrong

    Former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin is accused of felony public corruption. Investigators say her husband made $1.1 million off of taxpayers for writing grants that she helped approve, which we first wrote about back in 2005.The affidavit that went along with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Former Deerfield Commissioners Win a Trip to a Florida Ethics Commission Hearing

    ​After an audit of Deerfield Beach festivals declaring that three then-city commissioners secured scores of tickets to the city's mango festival "to garner political support" -- and the ensuing complaints filed by city activist Chaz Stevens -- those three former commissioners earned a trip to Tall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Florida Ethics Commission: No Problem With Rick Scott's Cash From Private Prison Firms

    ​The Teamsters' ethics complaint filed last month against Gov. Rick Scott -- which alleged his million bucks from private prison corporations was somehow affecting the state's decision to enter contracts with the companies -- has been tossed out by the Florida Ethics Commission.Among other things, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Rick Scott Appoints Shutts & Bowen Lawyer to State Ethics Commission

    Rick Scott never rests. Every day, he comes up with another assault on the senses of good Floridians.  Scott, right, and his apparent alter ego.​Today, in another example of Scott's incredible disdain for all that is good and holy, the governor appointed attorney Linda Robison to the Florida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Sheriff Al Lamberti Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Super Bowl

    Lamberti​A former Broward deputy has filed an ethics complaint with the State of Florida against Sheriff Al Lamberti, alleging he violated state law when he engaged in a "fraudulent scheme" to bring his 15-year-old son with him on a security detail at last year's Super Bowl. In the complaint, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Don't They Look Happy Together?

    ​ During Obama's State of the Union speech last night, Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson sat together to show unity in light of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting.  But enough about our dysfunctional Congress, let's move onto our dysfunctional Florid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    UPDATED: Sheriff Lamberti Needs to Come Clean on Son's Super Bowl Dream

    Remember those first-class Super Bowl credentials that Sheriff Al Lamberti wrangled for his son from the NFL for last year's game while his agency provided security for the event? Will Lamberti get to the bottom of the mysterious Super Bowl caper? ​Well, the South Florida Times is dog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Carpetbagger Needs Home

    The Florida Ethics Commission received state Rep. Jim Waldman's financial disclosure form this past on July 1 listing his official district address as 4509 Carambola Circle. That's the little condo in Coconut Creek owned by Ronald Sherman where Waldman -- a millionaire (barely) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2010

    November Surprise: Keechl Camp Hits Gutter

    Broward Mayor Ken Keechl appears to be getting desperate. He's certainly getting dirty. A new low Keechl camp's last-ditch negative ad campaign goes to a new low. Of course he won't take credit for it since it comes from one of those late-date 527 slush committees funded by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    City, County Attorneys Should Be First Line of Defense Against Corruption -- So Where Are They?

    FlickrLegal advisers to Broward governments should have a sharper eye for elected officials' conflicts.​Broward County governments are each supposed to be protected by a single attorney who can advise them on how to steer clear of the kinds of conflicting interests that could land them in jail. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    State Ethics Commission, Broward Prosecutor Clear Hospital Commissioner

    browardhealth.orgFernandez​Broward Health Commissioner Mike Fernandez is breathing a bit easier these days. He won't face criminal charges or disciplinary action in connection with a conflict of interest between his public role and his private-sector work.A few weeks ago, the Florida Commission on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    [UPDATED] Public Hospital District Spent Thousands on Machines That Didn't Exist

    Flickr: Suubi TrustA SonoSite ultrasound in action.​UPDATE: Broward Health just e-mailed new information containing its explanation for the strange entries I cite below. In short, they say they're the product of a computer glitch. I've copied that explanation on the bottom of this post.Since 2001 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    A Sneak Peek at the Candidates for Broward Health Board

    davidmaymon.comDavid Maymon​The list of candidates for the Broward Health board is full of attorneys, contractors, politicians and health-care business owners. They are vying for at least one open seat -- the one formerly belonging to Maureen Jaeger, who left this fall to join George Lemieux's U.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Defying Ethics Code, Broward Health Commissioner's Firm Does Big Business With Hospital District

    browardhealth.orgFernandez​The ultrasound manufacturing company where Mike Fernandez works as a general manager has been selling products to Broward Health during the same period that Fernandez has occupied a powerful position as a commissioner of that hospital district. Documents obtained by Juic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Dan Gelber on Ethics Reform: Sign Me Up

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Not all Florida politicians are gun-shy about ethics reform. Yesterday, after failing to get commitments from three high-profile Republicans, I asked attorney general candidate Dan Gelber whether he would support a bid by the Florida Commission on Ethics to give it more power ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Florida's Leading Republicans Offer Deafening Silence on Ethics Reform

    FlickrCrist: I'll pass this political football, thank you.​Three of the state's most influential Republicans have "talked the talk" on ethics reform in Florida, but yesterday we asked them to "walk the walk." Make a public statement backing the effort by the Florida Commission on Ethics to free it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    [UPDATED] "Toothless" Commission on Ethics Gives Legislators Something to Chew On

    Flickr: simplelogikThat's the kind of arsenal you need to get a jaw-full of Florida corruption​The political scandals in Broward County have roused the Florida Commission on Ethics from its comatose state. An outfit derided as "toothless" is asking the Florida Legislature to give it a new set of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Will Charlie Crist, George LeMieux Back Bill for Empowering Ethics Commission?

    Whattaya say to ethics reform, Senator? ​A bill that would expand the powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics has a snowball's chance in hell of being passed by the state Legislature -- unless...Unless the effort should attract political champions in high places. Two men who can move this mount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Ethics Complaint Against Lake Worth Commissioner Cara Jennings Is Dismissed

    Mary Lindsey: Losing the battle against Jennings?​The ethics complaint filed on behalf of Lake Worth business owner Gary Dario against City Commissioner Cara Jennings has been dismissed yesterday by the Florida Commission on Ethics for "lack of legal sufficiency," according to a news release issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Broward Teachers Ask Court to Stop Health Insurance Rate Hike

    No more insurance hikes!​In a last-ditch effort to prevent Broward school employees from paying thousands of dollars more for health insurance for their kids next year, the Broward Teachers Union this morning filed suit in Broward County Circuit Court to temporarily stop the 45 percent insurance r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Conflict of Interest? Scandal-Plagued Goren Sees No Evil in Pembroke Pines

    Flickr user: clar@bellConflict? What conflict?​This summer, the Juice raised ethical questions about the City of Pembroke Pines' decision to outsource its building department to a private, Fort Lauderdale-based company, Calvin, Giordano & Associates. Because the firm also handles multimillion- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Morning Juice: A Family Name in a Familiar Fix; a Widower Smokes Big Tobbaco

    Flickr: chadborneGas masks: They cost less than nurses do​Just one more day of bearing the stress that comes with being a South Florida news consumer. Be strong!"How could Evan Jenne earn $60,000 last year from a company that didn't exist until January of this year?" asks Amy Sherman in the Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Hospital District Attorney Hit With Bar Complaint

    "I didn't come here looking for a job," said attorney Sam Goren on May 14 at an emergency meeting of the North Broward Hospital District's Board of Commissioners. In the moments before, commissioners had relied upon Goren's legal counsel in determining that their general counsel, Marc Goldstone, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Deerfield Beach Vice Mayor Ditches Name, Still Can't Shake Blogger

    Deerfield Beach's vice mayor, formerly known as Sylvia Poitier, is now going with her maiden name, Ferguson. The move, which she mentioned in her remarks at last week's meeting, as seen above, comes amid her claiming to have been "defamed" by Acts of Sedition blogger Chaz Stevens, who yesterday file ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Former Hospital District Attorney Files Suit

    Flickr User: Scarlett3344 QiJoe Truhe, the former associate general counsel for the North Broward Hospital District, filed suit today, alleging that in firing him last month, the public health care system violated the Whisteblower's Act. The suit also names Commissioner Robert Bernstein and the inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Hospital District Commish Now Under Criminal Investigation

    browardhealth.orgCoboThe Broward State Attorney's Office has opened a criminal investigation of North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Joseph Cobo, based on allegations he used his public office for advantage in his private firm, Florida Medical Management Consultants.Cobo, of course, was inve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Fmr. Broward Hospital District Lawyer Demands Probe of District's Current Lawyer

    Joe Truhe, former associate general counsel of the North Broward Hospital District, who was fired along with the district's general counsel May 15, has sent a letter to hospital commissioners demanding that they investigate Sam Goren, the attorney who became the interim general counsel.In a letter d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Cobo-Cop: Will Governor Bust Broward Hospital Commish?

    It'll be weeks, at least, till we learn how Gov. Charlie Crist intends to respond to the politically explosive packet of material he received last week from the North Broward Hospital District. It's the report of a former assistant U.S. Attorney retained by the North Broward Hospital District Board ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    NBHD: As One Ethics Probe Ends, Will a New One Begin?

    browardhealth.orgCommissioner Robert BernsteinIt's no fun to write a letter alleging corruption and send it to the Florida Ethics Commission or the Broward State Attorney. No, if you really want to make a splash, announce the allegations during the public comment period for an unrelated ethics case. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Down Goes Sansom

    House Speaker Ray Sansom stepped down today. He's the one who lobbied to win state funds for a college, which then gave him a $110,000 job -- a chain of events that Sansom would have us believe were unrelated. Sansom has said he "welcomed" an investigation, which is good, because he got one -- actua ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2008

    Naked Negotiation in Riviera Beach

    How a Riviera Beach official allegedly does business in a very warm climate

  • News

    August 9, 2007

    Family Ties

    Broward Commission, lobbyists ooze coziness

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006

    Somebody Listened

    Here's to Ray McKinney. Who is Ray? He's just a retired fellow in Fort Lauderdale who doesn't like corruption. He called me after I wrote stories about Southwest Ranches last year and said he was going to do something about it. Based on the stuff I'd dug up, he filed an ethics complaint based on th ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2006

    The Mayor's New Digs

    Hollywood's Mara Giulianti voted to bury power lines outside — surprise! — her very own condo

  • Subtropical Life

    May 12, 2005

    Best Local Boy Gone Bad

    Josephus Eggelletion

  • News

    December 16, 2004

    The Lobbyist

    Broward Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion quietly pulls political strings in Lauderdale Lakes -- and personally profits in the process

  • News

    November 4, 2004


    J-Rod Strikes Out

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Justice Grounded

    Roddy, baby — you're clean. Honest!

  • News

    June 26, 2003

    Political Pull

    The lucrative Dania Beach towing contract is worth all the political clout Vice Mayor McElyea exercised to win it

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Letters for September 12, 2002

    More butterfly banter

  • News

    September 5, 2002

    Lapsed Ethics

    The governor's new man on the state ethics board done us wrong

  • News

    July 4, 2002

    Seeing Red

    Some Pompano Beachers want to put a stop to Mayor Griffin's reign of greed

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Letters for April 4, 2002

    Listen up, Jebbie!

  • News

    March 14, 2002

    Activist, Interrupted

    Pompano Beach's top dog managed to gag his chief tormentor by playing politics

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Mall Rat

    Plantation councilman Jerry Fadgen says there's nothing wrong with his role at a local strip mall, no matter what that pesky state ethics board says

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    There's Something About Jerry

    Plantation councilman Jerry Fadgen's management of a little strip mall has led to big conflicts of interest and even bigger lies

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