Disgraced former County Commission Chair PRISCILLA BENNETT a/k/a "RACHAEL BENNETT" and other corporate lobbyists worked with County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK to submarine and torpedo lobbyist registration.
Government watchdog Thomas F. Reynolds, Jr. first raised the issue five years ago, based upon the weight of authority from enlightened Florida cities and counties. I continued the campaign, often raising the issue, without any response for years.
Kudos to Commissioner James K. Johns, then-outgoing chair, who raised the issue in November 2017 at his last meeting as Chair.
On March 20, 2018, Commissioners directed that the ordinance be drafted.
Estimable County Attorney PATRICK McCORMACK then consulted "stakeholders" (read: lobbyists), with NO consultations with experts, concerned citizens and true stakeholders, as well as:
- Law professors,
- League of Women Voters,
- Common Cause,
- Sierra Club,
- 100 Friends of Florida or
- anyone other than lobbyists.
Then. the simple lobbying registration ordinance was set for the June 19 Commission meeting.
Then the lobbying registration ordinance was pulled, sub silentio.
Commissioner James K. Johns rightly questioned why, and noted that people were contacting him about drafts he had not been shown.
Then the lobbying registration ordinance was put on the July 17 meeting (item 13), video here: http://stjohnscountyfl.swagit.com/play/07172018-549
Four all-Republican Commissioners emitted a series of elephantine excuses, showing who wears the pants in St. Johns County.
Hint: It's not the five all-white, all-male, all-Republican County Commissioners.
Its former Commission Chair PRISCILLA BENNETT a/k/a "RACHAEL BENNETT."
I've asked former Commission Chair BENNETT to disclose her clients of COGITO LLC, a home business.
Is former Commission Chair BENNETT still working for State Senator TRAVIS HUTSON's family development company and its undisclosed foreign investors?
Is BENNETT receiving compensation in the form of unethical contingency agreements, banned under state, county and city lobbyist registration schemes?
IF so, will the FBI investigate BENNETT and others for possible Hobbs Act violations?
Misusing the term "stakeholders" as a synonym for "lobbyist," corrupt County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK literally ran away from me as I was seated at my table at the July 17, 2018 County Commission meting.
Why? I quietly asked the sneaky snake about his misuse of the term "stakeholder."
This is an epic example of "terminological inexactitude," as Sir Winston Spencer Church would put it.
St. Johns County Attorney PATRICK McCORMACK is a snaky, sneaky, lying louche developer corporation-coddling government lawyer.
This dingbat developer doormat's future as a corporate whore is now secure.
Prediction: some corporate law firm will hire this former Navy Captain, whose expertise in submarining and torpedoing lobbying registration legislation makes him a prime target for the "deferred bribe," as Ralph Nader would put it.
There's corrupt developer lobbyist RACHAEL BENNETT, with Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" and his haughty henchmen, including BILL McCLURE and JERRY CAMERON, when BENNETT was St. Johns County Commission Chair, at dedication of HHS Building a/k/a "Gauze Mahal," wielding a pair of $140 scissors that disappeared.
Here's what disgraced ex-Commissioner PRISCILLA BENNETT wrote:
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 2:35 PM
To: Rebecca Lavie; Commissioner Henry Dean
Subject: Lobbyist ordinance
Here's the caustic cavils and silly excuses from other mendacious mediocrities greasing chairs in St. Johns County:
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 10:22 AM
To: Gail Oliver
Subject: Proposed lobbyist ordinance