BY BUDDY NEVINS
Franklin Sands’ special interest pals continue to pay for his School Board campaign.
Sands, a former state House member from Weston, has put $15,258 more in his campaign, much of it from lobbyists and unions, according to the report for the period from August 10 to September 14.
And call Sands “The Traveling Man”. He charged $1,469 in auto expenses to his campaign in the same reporting period.
Let’s say he gets 10 miles-to-the-gallon for $4 gas to be generous.
That’s over 100 trips across Broward — from Parkland to Hallandale Beach — in roughly a month!
I can only imagine what taxpayers will be paying if he gets elected.
His expenses were first reported by RedBroward, the local Republican blog.
Sands’ biggest contributor this period: His lobbyist son-in-law Alex Heckler and family, who kicked in $1,500 for the runoff.
According to Sands campaign manager David Brown, Hecker has pledged not to lobby the School Board if his father-in-law gets elected.
Then there is $500 from Tallahassee lobbyist Buirgas & Associates, who has a number of South Florida health care clients. And $500 from lobbyist/lawyers Akerman Senterfitt. And $500 from the Podiarty Political Action Committee.
The Communications Workers of America donated $1,000. The Florida Police Benevolent Association gave $500. And Waste Management gave another $500.
It appears to me that many of these checks are payback for votes Sands cast in Tallahassee. And you thought Sands was representing you!
My belief is that if Sands was that friendly to lobbyists and special interests in Tallahassee, he will have the same approach to his job at the School Board.
Relying on special interests and lobbyists is nothing new for Sands.
Much of the $117,452 he collected came before the August primary. Much of that came from Tallahassee insiders and special interest types.
Yet despite beating Sands in the primary, School Board member Donna Korn can’t seem to fund her campaign.
She is an outsider. She is not friendly with the pay-for-play crowd that appears to love Sands. It is sad to say, but that same crowd pays for much of our School Board campaigns.
She has raised just $33,329, just $3,723 in the period that ended September 14.
Sands appears to have roughly $14,000 in his coffers, while Korn has around $7,000.