Conflict of interest is rife in environmental legislation.
This deal reminds me of:
- The late Republican Tennessee U.S. Senator HOWARD HENRY BAKER, Jr., who passed legislation exempting the Kingston, Tenn. coal-fired power plant from Clean Air Act standards, benefitting Baker and his former business partners in 40,000 acres of coal land.
- Disgraced former Tennessee Democrat State Senator JOHN N. FORD, who in 1984 amended Tennessee cemetery zoning law to benefit his family business, never disclosing his interest in a cemetery deal (it fell apart amid community and court scrutiny). Much later, Senator FORD later spent four years in federal prison for bribery, the result of FBI Operation TENNESSEE WALTZ.
Patiently waiting on the FBI to scrutinize Florida crooks and schnooks more closely.
(Note on timeline: when South Florida Water Management District inked then-Congressman Adam Putnam's $25,500,000 family land deal, SFWMD Executive Director Henry Dean had already retired.)
Putnam Family's Controversial Land Windfall Could Become Big Campaign Issue
Sunday, Apr 08, 2018