State Senator Who Sponsored Anti-Consumer Real Estate Bill Received Thousands From Developers

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Mike Bennett: Contractor by day, shielder of contractors by day.
We wrote earlier today about SB 1196, a bill working its way through the state Legislature that would shield developers from having to fix faulty roads, drainage, and utility systems after they're built.

The bill says that homeowners should be confident that their new houses are up to snuff, but any expectation for roads to work or drainage systems to drain things "goes beyond the fundamental protections that are necessary for a purchaser of a new home" and "creates uncertainty in the state's fragile real estate and construction industry."

So we decided to check up on the senator who introduced the bill, Senate President Pro Temp Mike Bennett, and found that members of that "fragile real estate and construction industry" provided almost a quarter of his campaign funds in his last election.

Bennett, a Republican who mostly represents parts of Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee counties, raised about $376,000 in the 2008 election cycle; of that, $87,886.91 came from construction or real estate sources, according to state records.

We've put a call in for comment from Bennett's office but haven't heard back. You can check out his 2008 contributions below; donations we classified under real estate and construction are highlighted in yellow.

Sen. Mike Bennett Contributors 2008


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Shaira
Shaira

He must have been payed alot of money to pass that bill. I mean come on!!!

real estate agent
real estate agent

 That you can earn money with the help of this kinds of bills. Corruption is going on in each and every occupation and it helps you.

Homer Butt
Homer Butt

Just an FYI, it's referred to as "pro tem", not "pro temp".

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

hey  aho you still have not given me any facts if not shut the fk up

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

I'd like to know why politicians are bought off so cheaply?  they get a few thousand to screw over their neighbors, is this a Florida thing?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

 Actually, he's not "earning" our money, he's friggin stealing it.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

 Your grammar is impeccable!!!  You actually are able to use "you're," rather than the "your" that most idiots use.  Thank you.  You have restored my faith in the education system.

riverrat69
riverrat69

You have to be a frightwinger. You're beyond stupid.

riverrat69
riverrat69

Moron, he's earning our money while he fucks us without grease. You need a rectal inversion. Get your ignorant teabaggin' head out of your ass.

FQS9000
FQS9000

At least he's earning his money.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Shocking!  A republican completely in the pocket of the rich?  And against anyone who is not rich?  Who would have thought that?  Seems like business as usual.

Prof. G
Prof. G

This sort of corruption will never end until we elect Democratic majorities to take such legislation off the books. Voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

JOEYPAD
JOEYPAD

and just how the hell do you come to this conclusion..there are many many crooked democrats out there..give me some pertinent facts..not just talk

Obermann
Obermann

Disgusting (as usual). 

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