Merick Lewin, State House Candidate, Was Lobbyist for 411-PAIN Clinic

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Merick Lewin lobbied for his family's clinic.
Merick Lewin, the Davie state house candidate who said he did not want to be judged by his "familial relationships," was a registered lobbyist for his family's medical clinic last year.

State records indicate Lewin lobbied for the Broward Rehab Center, a medical clinic in Lauderdale Lakes. The vice president of the clinic is Harley Lewin, Merick's uncle, who is also co-owner of the 1-800-411-PAIN Referral Service. Broward Rehab was one of the first clinics opened by 411-PAIN founder Robert Lewin -- Harley Lewin's brother -- in what is now a national network of lawyers and chiropractors soliciting clients who have been in car accidents.

Recently, state legislators have considered imposing tougher regulations on medical and legal referral services such as 411-PAIN. Merick Lewin told the Pulp that if elected, he would abstain from voting on any bill that "would give a direct financial incentive" to his family. He also said he resented "the presumption and implication" that he would be biased toward 411-PAIN -- but never mentioned his previous lobbying role. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment today.

Broward Rehab played an important role in a class-action lawsuit filed against 411-PAIN last year. Friends Ganesh Sohan and Bryan Rodriguez called the hotline after a car accident and were referred to Broward Rehab, where they racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills. They now claim they were tricked by the company and filed a suit accusing 411-PAIN of false advertising, deceptive trade practices, and a civil conspiracy. The company denies the allegations.

Merick Lewin is a GOP candidate to represent District 97 in western Broward. He's currently living with his uncle, Harley Lewin, in Davie.

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Mbk1147
Mbk1147

Merick Lewin just keeps digging himself into a deeper hole. Wonder what his excuse will be for not filing his campaign finance reports. Already he's breaking the law! What a little turd.

Mbk1147
Mbk1147

Lewin graduated from high school a few years agoo. Of course he is running to advance his family's interests in Tallahassee. No record of public service. No ties to the district he wants to represent. The district is NOT for sale Merick Lewin!

Csharplaw
Csharplaw

Former lobbyist, numerous conflicts of interest, silence in the face of legitimate questions and an inability to tell the truth.  It sounds like this young man has a very bright future in Florida politics.

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

Hmm, could this have anything to do with the fact that Slick Rick wants to make PIP insurance optional? Also: they live together. Wow.

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