Forget about Broward County. The real money for lobbyists is in Washington and Russ Klenet is slowly moving his business there.
Russ Klenet: Living the Good Life
Part of the move is raising and giving money to Democratic members of Congress.
So Klenet he’s Mr. Stacy Ritter — is putting together a brunch fund raiser for one of the biggest Democrats of all, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The majority leader is facing a very tough reelection in Nevada. A February poll by Rassmussen indicated Reid was running behind four potential Republican challengers.
Since this is Broward, Reid will be munching on “bagels, said Klenet. “We all grew up on bagels here. Our political system runs on bagels.
Klenet made a point to emphasize: “This is a Russ Klenet affair, not a Stacy Ritter affair.
County Commissioner Ritter is Klenet’s wife. The brunch will take place at their Parkland house
Klenet and Ritter were early supporters of Barack Obama when the rest of the Broward political structure was backing Hillary Clinton.
The lobbyist has opened an office in Washington and has been expanding his list of federal clients. In November he gave $5,000 to Chris Dodd’s now-aborted re-election.
Klenet is somewhat controversial, even for a Broward lobbyist. He has been under attack by bloggers for years because he lobbied for Mutual Benefits insurance before authorities of Klenet realized it was a ponzi scam.