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Rothstein's quick rise ends even faster



Lawyer450_93219a If there was one thing Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein craved, it was attention. And how better to get it than to whip out his checkbook?

Like at Gov. Charlie Crist's 52nd birthday party/GOP fundraiser last year, when, instead of buying a $1,000 candle, Rothstein bought an entire chocolate cake covered with 52 candles. His donation: $52,000.

Like at an Eagles concert in January, when band leader Don Henley stood on stage and dedicated at Rothstein's request Life in the Fast Lane to the lawyer and wife Kimberly for their first anniversary. His donation: $100,000, to a Henley environmental cause.

Like the TV ads showing Rothstein with star athletes Dan Marino and Alonzo Mourning, whose children's charities benefited from his philanthropic largess.

"Scott wanted attention — he wanted to be the guy," said Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative who shared Rothstein's office suite. "Giving big checks and getting his butt kissed in public was the payoff." (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:04pm]


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