Politically connected Florida doctor rakes in $21M in Medicare payments

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A South Florida doctor with campaign finance ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., took in a whopping $20.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an Associated Press analysis of physician data released by the Obama administration.
Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was tops among [...]

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Lawmakers call for an end to corruption in Haiti

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Florida, National, News  /  No Comments

DEVASTATED: In 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated part of Hispaniola, with the epicenter of the quake 16 miles from the capital city Port-au-Prince, Haiti bore the brunt of the damages with its government reporting an estimated 230,000 deaths, 300,000 injuries, and 2 million displaced people. Four years, U.S.  warned about the importance of aid transparency.

A group of elected officials from South Florida wanted to see first-hand the corruption and waste that is gripping the island nation of Haiti and to see how U.S. Agency for International Development — USAID — money is being spent.

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State launches investigation into possible misuse of $800,000 in taxpayer funds

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is under investigation.
The Florida Department of Transportation launched a formal inquiry on Thursday into the Pinellas County-area transit authority’s use of $800,000 in operating funds — supplied through property taxes — to advertise a $1.7-billion light rail plan that hinges on area taxpayers voting themselves [...]

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The show must go on: Florida’s film subsidies lobby wants action

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

ACTION: A bill offering $300 million in tax perks to entertainment companies receives a lukewarm response.

Sen. Nancy Detert, chair of the Commerce and Tourism Committee, this week summarized a film subsidies bill slated to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer giveaways to film and television production companies.

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Medical marijuana could be good for business in Florida

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida.

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