William Patrick covers government waste, fraud and abuse for Watchdog.org's Florida bureau. His work has appeared on numerous media websites, including Fox News and the Drudge Report.

Florida ag commissioner fuming over EPA firefighter equipment grab

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

BURNING QUESTIONS: Several Kansas city managers say a pending IRS decision wouldn't derail volunteer fire departments, but could cause problems with rural response agreements.

Adam Putnam is red hot over the Obama administration’s environmental priorities.

As Florida’s commissioner of agriculture, Putnam oversees the state’s forest service and 1 million acres of land. Fighting forest fires is one of its key responsibilities.

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Democratic candidate gets $225,000 boost from sole super PAC donor, his dad

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A congressional candidate in Florida is getting a boost from a super political action committee with one donor, which happens to be his dad.
But there’s a twist.
Gabriel Rothblatt’s father, Martine, used to be Martin Rothblatt before undergoing gender reassignment surgery. She — Martine — founded Sirius Satellite Radio and a Maryland-based biotech [...]

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Heads-up Congress: Following the money just got a little easier

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

TRANSPARENCY: Thanks to OpenSecrets.org, access to personal financial disclosures for members of Congress have never been more timely.

Following the money in politics just got a little easier.

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A $17.6 billion VA fix through the eyes of a FL Afghan war vet

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Charlie Adams is an Afghanistan veteran who’s thankful he has private insurance. “It’s an absolute bureaucracy,” he said of the VA system.

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Nonprofit allegedly gets taxpayer grants after IRS revokes tax status

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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A South Florida nonprofit allegedly received hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars after the IRS revoked the group’s tax-exempt status.

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Florida orthodontist braces for oral arguments in Obamacare lawsuit

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

DR. LARRY KAWA: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear oral arguments relating to the Obama administration's questionable delay of the Affordable Care Act employer mandate.

While the Republican-led House weighs the efficacy of an Obamacare lawsuit, a Florida orthodontist has been duking it out in federal court for nearly a year. Now, a federal appeals court is taking up his case.

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