BY BUDDY NEVINS
In another example of how lobbyists and Tallahassee lawmakers are entwined.
Once again it involves Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs and leading lobbyist Judy Stern.
Maria Sachs: Lobbyist’s Friend
Sachs is registered to vote from an apartment that she rents from Stern.
The senator told the Miami Herald that she has been close to the lobbyist for many years. “We’re girlfriends,” she is quoted saying.
Browardbeat.com found that Sachs, a Democrat, is registered to vote at Stern’s condo at 2424 NE 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale.
In Janauary, Browardbeat.com reported that Stern filed Sachs’ 2014 re-election campaign documents, although the senator is regularly in Tallahassee and could have filed the papers herself.
Sachs represents Northeast Broward and portions of Palm Beach County.
The senator’s “girlfriend” Stern is not registered to lobby in Tallahassee. Locally, she is registered to lobby for Mardi Gras Gaming in Hallandale Beach. Sachs is vice chair of the Senate Committee on Gaming.
Other Stern local clients include a transportation services firm, two license tag agencies and the operator of cranes at Port Everglades.
Stern worked on Sachs’ 2012 winning campaign against state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale.
Obviously Sachs hasn’t absorbed the fact that perception is reality in politics.
The perception is that Sachs is not only in the pocket of one of Broward’s most prominent lobbyists, she is living under her roof.
It goes to prove that Democrats like Sachs are no different that Republicans as far as their relationship with lobbyists.
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