I'm hearing that as part of the State Attorney's Office corruption investigation, prosecutors have reopened a case involving a potential vote swap involving Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman and government insurance consultant Jim McKinley.
The story goes like this: Back in 2003, Lieberman was working under the name Ilene Michelson as a lobbyist for the Pinnacle Housing Group. She lobbied for the company in numerous Broward cities. At the same time, she was also mayor of Broward County. It's precisely that kind of activity -- called "lobbying down" -- that will be outlawed when voters pass the new ethics reform.
On August 26, 2003, Lieberman made a motion out of the blue to give McKinley's firm, McKinley Financial Services, an extra $10,000. It was so strange and unnecessary that her colleagues shot it down in flames. From my original story:
"We're going to spend $10,000 to spin our wheels," Commissioner John Rodstrom complained.
"To spend $10,000 to ask McKinley and his staff to do a review is a nice gift, but this isn't Christmas," Commissioner Ben Graber said.
Unbeknownst to Graber, McKinley played Santa Claus for Lieberman just ten days later. McKinley, who is a Broward County Housing Authority commissioner, chose the Miami-based Pinnacle Housing Group to develop a $22-million, low-income apartment project in Hollywood. Working as a Pinnacle lobbyist was Lieberman, who received an undisclosed amount of money for representing the company.
It looked to me like a vote swap in which both Lieberman and McKinley were supposed to come out better. The fact that Lieberman's attempt to give McKinley 10,000 extra dollars was killed means nothing. In public corruption law, it's the thought that counts.
The State Attorney's Office investigated the matter and declined to prosecute. But that was the old State Attorney's Office. The new one is investigating much more aggressively. And if my information is right, we should have more charges coming down by the end of next week.
-- OK, the two party girls in the photo from U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene's yacht seemed to catch some readers' attention for unknown reasons. We know who they are now. Check inside for the scoop.
The two blonds on Greene's Summerwind were none other than the Olly girls, pictured above.
I know what you're thinking. Who are the Olly girls? Well, they are Molly Shea and Holly Huddleston from the television show Sunset Tan (thanks to the commenter who gave me a heads-up on this yesterday).
I know what you're thinking. What is Sunset Tan? Well, it's a reality show that aired on the E! Network about a tanning salon in Los Angeles.
How Greene managed to get them on his yacht isn't known, but billionaires do tend to be able to get what they want. If you'd like to waste even more time on this topic, here's a link to the show, which is no longer on the air.