Be sure to read the Miami Herald article today by Matthew Pinzur: One lobbyist, three competing clients and you can also read my post of April 2nd: Who is Lobbyist Ron Book Lobbying for this Year?.
According to the article in the Herald:
“The same influential lobbyist worked for all three sides in a high-stakes fight over billboards in North Miami.” and:
“... Even some of the story's central players had no idea Book was working all three sides.” and:
“Book advised and later became a partner in a company that successfully fought the city of North Miami to build six billboards, each of which lease for at least $20,000 a month.” (he was also lobbying FOR North Miami at the time)
This post is now on my ick list. Anything I find particularly offensive makes my "ick" index entry.
I have a tip for all of you that are hiring Ron Book. If he can’t see it is a conflict to lobby for all three sides then he has a major lapse of ethical judgment. Hey, wait a minute, we don’t have any ethical judgment in Miami and lobbyists have even less, for the most part. So I guess this is another case of business as usual. If you are appalled enough, little likelihood of that, call your city government and ask them not to hire Ron Book.
Pinzur said: “Ron Book, one of Florida's most powerful lobbyists, said he did nothing improper and even improved the outcome for all concerned”.
I have one thing to say: Ick!