Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Hallandale’s ex-top managers collect fat pensions from retirement plan they pushed a decade ago

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A short-lived, perk-laden retirement plan has paid off big for some top Hallandale Beach officials who helped set it up a decade ago – but today it’s costing city taxpayers extra millions of dollars.

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Feds to examine whether doctors are using electronic health records to pad Medicare bills

By Fred Schulte
The Center for Public Integrity
The nation’s top health information technology official has launched an internal review to determine if electronic health records are prompting some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.

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More bullying alleged against fired cheerleading coach; Coral Glades High did nothing

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Three years before cheerleading coach Melissa Prochilo was fired for ignoring bullying in her program at a Parkland high school, faculty members and parents at a nearby Coral Springs high school where she used to work leveled the same complaint against her.

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Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending; American Crossroads top spender since Labor Day

By Rachael Marcus
The Center for Public Integrity
Since Labor Day, the once-unofficial start of the election season, 70 percent of outside spending on the presidential race made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has benefited Mitt Romney, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.

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Years later, Water District eyes suing Hollywood pump maker to recover lost taxpayer dollars

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Five years ago, the South Florida Water Management District took a $1.5 million bath when a Hollywood company sold it 15 large electric pumps that quickly failed, then refused to honor its warranty. Now, the top lawyer for the budget-challenged independent taxing district is recommending it sue the Hollywood company that manufactured the pumps.

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Butterworth skirts state lobbying laws to land $44 million-a-year contract in Broward

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Ex-Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth lobbied heavily this year to convince his former agency to award his nonprofit company – and its for profit partner – a $44 million-a-year state management contract.
Butterworth, however, is not registered to lobby.

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What we still don’t know about Mitt Romney’s taxes

By Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica
With the documents MittRomney released recently, we know a bit more about his taxes. We know, for instance, that Romney paid a rate of 14.1 percent on $13.7 million in income on his 2011 tax return, which he achieved by purposely overpaying.

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Feds indict pair in $164 million ‘Ponzi’ scheme tied to South Florida

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two figures at the center of an alleged $164 million real estate scam marketed out of South Florida have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on mail fraud and conspiracy charges.

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$44 million state contract handed to Butterworth’s group despite lack of rules for public scrutiny

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Florida’s Department of Children and Families awarded a $44 million-a-year contract to privatize the management of mental health services in Broward without required rules in place to promote public scrutiny.

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