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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Why did Republican lawyer/lobbyist and media impresario Justin Sayfie's law firm make a $500 contribution to chronically ineffective, notoriously thin-skinned and reflexively-Liberal Democrat Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper's re-election campaign?; @MayorCooper

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450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1500, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2291
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Do you really think that Broward legal and political heavyweight Justin Sayfie, when he's up in his Ft. Lauderdale law office, above, cares a whit about the future Quality of Life of Hallandale Beach residents, taxpayers and business owners? If he did, he wouldn't be making campaign contributions to Joy Cooper after her reign of ruin the past ten years, where easily-solved problems from years ago are still everywhere you look around town, owing to her self-evident myopia and her towering ego. 
Why did prominent Republican lawyer/lobbyist and media impresario Justin Sayfie's law firm make a $500 contribution to chronically ineffective, notoriously thin-skinned and reflexively-Liberal Democrat Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper's re-election campaign?

Because he is the establishment and she's the former elected president of the Florida League of Cities, and like all members of the business establishment in Broward who are true believers in crony capitalism, access is more important than any ideas or convictions or... anything


Yes, you make a real mistake in ascribing noble motives to Sayfie in the abstract that are not at all deserved. He and or his law firm want something.
It's that simple.

The record of the $500 check from Sayfie Law Firm is on page three of Cooper's Campaign Treasurer's report for the period ending in mid-July.

And if you've ever spent any time in Hallandale Beach or around the mayor, you will NOT be surprised to discover that the entry is written down incorrectly as "Sayfe."

Justin J. Sayfie 
Sayfie Law Firm
450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1500
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301-2291

Yes, the one right above one of the four $500 checks that she received from ATSAmerican Traffic Solutions, the Red-Light Camera folks in Phoenix who just love the mayor for being so supportive of their efforts.

My July 23, 2012 blog post mentioned this beneficial relationship previously: 
Follow the money? Okay, here it is: $2,000 on page 3 of Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper's most-recently filed Treasurer's Report is from American Traffic Solutions-related entities who support installation of Red-Light Cameras. Like what she railroaded thru in HB. What are friends for, after all?

Reminder: It's less than two weeks until the professional corporate backscratchers and lobbyists return to South Florida to conduct their "educational" seminars with FL mayors at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood. 

I'll bet I can guess who one of the 'belles of the ball' will be... with money to show for it in one of her upcoming campaign Treasury report...
And I wonder if ATS will be there, perhaps being introduced to other mayors by Joy Cooper...

Schedule of Events for the Florida League of Mayors (FLM) at the Florida League of Cities
Annual Conference, Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida
August 22 – 23, 2012 

Wednesday, August 22
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. - FLM Roundtable (Workshop)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – FLM Reception 
Thursday, August 23
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – FLM Nominating Committee
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – FLM Business Meeting
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – FLM Board of Directors Meeting 
Please contact Jenny Anderson at janderson@flcities.com  for more information or to RSVP to the meetings.
Speaking of the Florida League of Mayors, in case you missed it the other day... 

re Public civility -Since we can't count on a competitive, energized and attentive South Florida press corps to point these sorts of hypocrisies out like we once could, I'm happy to remind you of this simple fact: There's what Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper says, and then there's what she actually says and does, and all the evidence to date clearly shows that civility is NOT her middle name; @MayorCooper


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