BY BUDDY NEVINS
Pay for play at Al Lamberti’s Broward Sheriff’s Office?
Or is it just the way government business has always been done?
On August 24, lawyer Christian Petersen with the law firm of Gunster Law Firm donated $250 to Lamberti’s re-election campaign.
Less than two months later, Petersen is representing the sheriff in a lawsuit against the county over who should control the 911 dispatch system, according to the Miami Herald.
Petersen was one of a group of Gunster attorney’s donating over $1,000 to Lamberti August 24. Also kicking in $500 was GET Unified Now PAC, the Gunster political action committee controlled by Fort Lauderdale Gunster attorney and lobbyist Don Hall.
In fairness, Gunster is well-known as a Republican-leaning firm. And Lamberti is a Republican.
And it is common, although repellent to many, for private lawyers who work for governments to donate money to those who hire them.
But in a campaign where Lamberti has been criticized for inside dealing at the sheriff’s office, I thought the connection should be raised.
Lamberti is running against Scott Israel, the Democrat.
Petersen’s work for the sheriff and his donation a coincidence?