Sunday, April 05, 2009

Political Committee Contributers

The current Sarasota City Commission election has featured the negative attacks generated by members of Sarasota's land use and business community. This Political Committee, named "Citizens for a Better Sarasota" has attacked candidate Terry Turner.

Turner received the highest vote total in the general election and is now in a runoff wih the next two highest vote receivers.

Contributions to Citizens for a Better Sarasota – 8/21/2006 – 3/05/09
$18,500 - Piero Rivolta
Lancaster Partners
M&R Sarasota Development
Parkway Collectors Extra
Rivo at Ringling
Rivolta Yachts

$11,000 - John Cox
Half-Acre Construction

$11,000 - Frederick Derr
Frederick Derr & Company

$11,000 - H.R. Foxworthy

$11,000 - Donald McDonough
Wm. F. McDonough Plumbing

$10,000 - Robert Flanders
Quality Walls Enterprises

$10,000 - Walter Mills
W.G. Mills

$6,000 - Tom Dabney
Beneva Retail Assoc.
Gateway Investors
Gulf Coast Property Serv.
Tuttle Retail Assoc.
University Retail

$6,000 - Abel Band
Law firm

$5,000 – Sen. Michael Bennett/Rep. Ronald Reagan,
Citizens for Housing and Urban Growth PAC

$5,000 - William Dooley
Dooley Mack

$5,000 - Stanley Mueser

$5,000 - Donald E. Murphy
D.E. Murphy Constructors

$5,000 - F. Fred Pezeshkan
Kraft Construction

$5,000 - Donald Powers
Rusty Plumbing

$3,000 - David Sessions
Willis A. Smith Construction

$3,000 - Robert Soran
Marina Jack, Inc.

$2,500 - David Bustard
JDCK Operations

$2,500 - Fred Starling
Fred M. Starling

$2,500 - Charles Wilson
Charles H. Wilson Construction

$2,000 - Dr. Mark S. Kaufmann

$2,000 - Sam Norton
Norton Hammersley, PA

$1,500 - Brian Turner
Hi Hat Ranch-Florida Premier Turf

$1,250 - Charles Nebec
Vision Homes of SW Florida

$1,000 - Kathryn Angell Carr
Abel-Band attorney

$1,000 - John King

$1,000 - Michael Moulton
Realtor-Michael Saunders

$1,000 - Jeffrey S. Russell
Abel-Band attorney

$1,000 - Ronald Shenkin
Hunters Creek of Sarasota

$1,000 - Jon F. Swift
Jon. F. Swift, Inc.

$1,000 - Anthony Abate
Abel-Band Attorney

$500 – Jay Turner
Hi-Hat Ranch – LBJ Ranch

$500 – Richard Turner
Hi-Hat Ranch – RET Montana

$300 - Charles Githler
Real estate

$50 - Thomas Christian
Abel Band Attorney


9/1/2006-12/31/2006 Christine M. Mayer
12/31/2006-3/5/2009 – Frederick M. Derr


The Nolan Group
Bradenton, FL

Barcelo & Company
Jacksonville, FL

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Negative Campaigning

Two recent campaigns in Sarasota were noted by the increased activity of negative campaigning by political committees.

One election considered a city charter amendment that would change to an elected mayor with tow added commissioners and increased powers given to the mayor. During the final two weeks of this campaign, the proponents of the amendment began a series of negative attacks targeting the current mayor (a ceremonial post, selected by the five commissioners for a one year term).

The amendment was soundly defeated.

The other election was for two at large city commissioners. Eight candidates entered the race and one candidate was targeted by a political committee (Citizens for a Better Sarasota, composed mostly of developers and related land use business people). This campaign failed as the targeted candidate (Terry Turner) garnered the most votes.

Sarasota Herald Tribune editorials have decried the negative attacks. However the negative attacks by the developer group continues in the runoff election.

The Pelican Press has urged voters to "cast only a single vote for Terry Turner" as a way to show the "bullies" that are behind these negative attacks that their tactics will not work in Sarasota.

It is also important that those contributing to these attacks be held accountable for their actions. A future column will list the contributors.