All Aboard Florida spends millions on Florida political process, newspaper investigation finds

Publish Date: 
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:45am

By George Andreassi  Full Article at TC Palm

ABOUT THIS INVESTIGATION

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers spent a month researching federal, state and county campaign finance and lobbyist databases for spending by All Aboard Florida, its parent companies, Florida East Coast Industries and funds managed by Fortress Investment Group. The investigation found AAF-related companies and officials spent more than $3.5 million on campaign contributions and lobbying fees at the state and national level in the last five years.

All Aboard Florida-related companies and officials spent more than $3.5 million on campaign contributions and lobbying fees at the state and national level in the last five years, a Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation found.

Companies under the umbrella of Fortress Investment Group of New York — which manages funds that own Florida East Coast Industries of Miami, which in turn owns AAF — paid nearly $2.5 million to several lobbying firms since 2010 to advocate for their causes in the Florida legislative and executive branches, records show.