BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief is taking her re-election campaign to a new level.
She is holding a $1,000-a-ticket reception in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is using professional Miami-Dade Democratic fundraiser Brian Goldmeier to fill the room.
The event is being thrown by the Broward Workshop. My guess is that most Broward Workshop members seldom if ever have been to Sharief’s Southwest Broward District 8.
Broward Workshop members throw money at the campaigns of friendly office holders identified as “business friendly.” The group consists of the “chief decision makers representing 100 of Broward County’s major businesses and professions,” according to its website.
“In addition to serving on the County Commission, Barbara is a successful, self-made businesswoman. Her Broward based business employs over 500 South Floridians. Barbara is well aware of the challenges business owners face,” Goldmeier wrote business types in his solicitation e-mail.
It is not like Sharief is desperate for money. Her campaign had raised $178,108 as of the end of April, compared to $67,068 raised by her opponent Commissioner Alexandra Davis of Miramar.
Sharief is battling Davis in the Democratic primary.