Campaign: Lauderdale Mayor Has Big Fundraiser Despite Homeless Hubbub






The much-publicized crackdown on the homeless in Fort Lauderdale hasn’t hurt the mayor’s re-election fund raising.

Mayor Jack Seiler said he raised roughly $21,000 today at a lunchtime reception at an East Las Olas Boulevard lounge.

“They are expecting more checks,” Seiler said.

The money raised was notable because Fort Lauderdale has a $250 limit on individual contributions and because it was held during the holidays, at a time when candidates usually find it hard to interest anyone in giving money to politicians.

It was also remarkable because the fund raiser was put together  in seven days with invitations send by e-mail.  The mayor said about 75 attended, many bringing multiple checks.

“It was wonderful to talk about the unemployment rate and redevelopment, the marine industry and tourism,” Seiler said.

Did the homeless controversy surface during reception?

“I can honestly say it never came up,” Seiler said.

The event was hosted by lobbyist Robert Lochrie and restaurateur Tim Petrillo, owner of the Q Lounge where it took place. The money came from the collection of usual suspects – the downtown crowd of real estate investors, builders, businesses, lobbyists and others interested in city government.

Seiler has no challengers yet, but always runs hard like he is 10 points behind.  He said he would be walking neighborhoods and attending civic events before the March voting.

All that money raised today indicates that insiders like the mayor’s pro-business stance, regardless of the negative publicity about arresting homeless advocates.



4 Responses to “Campaign: Lauderdale Mayor Has Big Fundraiser Despite Homeless Hubbub”

  1. count l f chodkiewicz chudzikiewicz says:

    The sun sentinel have only named two fort Lauderdale residents or members of the clergy who support Abbott who lives outside for Lauderdale n the resident in question lost a mayors race to the mayor

  2. Alice McGill says:

    Perhaps we would all be homeless if the business of the city stopped for one issue. By the time the election comes around in March, many of the “homeless” will be getting ready to head back to their spring time and summer time haunts. Mr. Abbott will still cling ferociously to his way of doing things while ignoring all offers to accomplish his mission in cleaner, safer environments. The residents of Fort Lauderdale will need intelligent leadership. The political process is the only way to achieve that leadership. Good luck, Jack Seiler!

  3. John Henry says:

    Reminds me of another democrat politician that’s been doing nothing but campaigning and fundraising

  4. hickywicky says:

    the people who gave seiler the $21,000 stand to make millions on the backs of the residents of FLL

    They will build thousands of units and overcrowd the already narrow and overcrowed roads in FLL

    Seiler only responds to these contributors and fails to respond to the every day person in FLL- He is a disgrace and a hypocrite.

    For someone who is supposedly a devout Catholic?