BY BUDDY NEVINS
The Feds are looking into a claim by scamster Scott Rothstein that he had influenced Broward judicial appointments with campaign contributions, according a source familiar with the investigation.
The judges are not suspected of anything.
Rothstein gave large sums of money to the Republican Party of Florida within days that three Broward judges were appointed.
In one case, the money was given the same day.
The source says Rothstein is boasting to investigators he bought the appointments from Gov. Charlie Crist and RPOF chief Jim Greer.
I put little credibility in the babbling of a con artist desperate to cut his looming jail sentence. He is facing life in prison. He would claim anything to stay out for just a day longer.
However, I will report what I have been told from this good source.
Here is what I found out:
On January 26, 2009, Rothstein and his law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler gave $100,000 to the RPOF. Two days later, Judges Carlos Rodriguez and Barbara McCarthy were appointed by Crist.
On July 28, 2008, Rothstein’s firm gave $52,000 to the RPOF. That was the same day that Jay Hurley was appointed to the county court. One day later, Rothstein’s firm donated another $25,000 to the RPOF.
Once again I can’t emphasize this enough the judges are not suspected of anything.
All three are running for re-election.
McCarthy received a $500 contribution from former RRA name partner, Stuart Rosenfeldt. It was her first campaign contribution.
Hurley got $150 from Ken Padowitz, a lawyer once at RRA.