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The Meek/Haridopolos/Hasner connection to indicted developer



What do Kendrick Meek, Mike Haridopolos, and Adam Hasner have in common? Besides their ambition to be elected to the U.S. Senate? Each one of them tried to steer millions of dollars in public money to the failed Liberty City redevelopment project by Dennis Stackhouse, a developer now awaiting trial on charges of stealing nearly $1-million in project funds.

In 2007 Haridopolos and Hasner sought to appropriate $20-million in state funds (See here and here) toward the Poinciana Biopharmaceutical Park in Liberty City, which at one point was being hailed as the next Scripps Research bio-medical economic development coup for Florida. Five months before they made the request, the Stackhouse used project funds to contribute $10,000 to the Florida GOP, and two months after they submitted it he gave the party another $5,000.

The earmark project never did make it into the budget, and the project was already fizzling by then. The Miami Herald published a blistering expose that summer, and the issue caused significant problems for Meek's 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. His mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, received a car and a tens of thousands of dollars from Stackhouse, while Meek sought federal funding for the project.

A lot of people were hoodwinked by Stackhouse, and there's no sign Haridopolos or Hasner are as vulnerable of the issue as Meek. Still, it's ripe for a direct mail piece: "Hasner/Haripodolos tried to funnel $20-million to corrupt developer!!"

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:27pm]


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