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Stephen Ross forms Political Action Committee

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After the legislation that would have paved the way for a public vote in Miami-Dade County on the use of taxpayer funds for upgrades at Sun Life Stadium failed to make it to the floor of the House of Representatives, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross vowed to get more involved in Florida politics.

He now is, via the formation of a Political Action Committee.

According to Politico.com, Ross will use the PAC (dubbed Florida Jobs First) to support a “nonpartisan effort” in select state races.

In other words, Ross plans to try to get House Speaker Will Weatherford knocked out of office when he’s up for re-election.

Sure, the PAC will be used for other things.  But this has become personal for Ross.  Never mind that the public vote likely would have failed miserably if it had happened.  Ross believes Weatherford reneged on a promise to put the measure on the House floor, Ross remains upset, and Ross has the resources and connections to do something about it.

Weatherford presumably aspires to hold statewide office, and some believe he cut a deal with Ross nemesis Norman Braman to kill the bill in exchange of Miami-Dade support if/when Weatherford tries to take his political career to the next level.

Ross also reportedly plans to assist Governor Rick Scott’s re-election effort.  And once the PAC has sufficient funds, Ross can pretty much do whatever kingmaking he chooses to do as he tries to stack the deck for a political landscape that will help him get taxpayer money to help finance the upgrades to the stadium he owns.

Some would say that money and effort could just be devoted directly to the stadium upgrades.

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17 Responses to “Stephen Ross forms Political Action Committee”
  1. ivangreebka says: Jun 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    Outstanding!! That shows his dedication to the team and to keeping the team in Miami!!! Kick that ash!!!!

  2. mfinsrule says: Jun 24, 2013 9:57 AM

    Good for him. Regardless of whether the vote would’ve passed or not Ross spent millions just to get a vote on the ballot. Weatherford (and Braman) are scumbags that used the power of their office over the voice of the people.
    Miami didn’t have to put a dime into Joe Robbie Stadium and have reaped the rewards since. Now that Ross asks for Miami to help upgrade, the politicians poo poo the idea because they got burned by the even bigger scumbag Loria on Marlins stadium. Whos fault is that? The Politicians of course who gave them the sweetheart deal. But now the residents of Miami will no longer get the financial impacts of Superbowls, Pro Bowls, and the tourist impact of these events.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:06 AM

    So he’ll spend money organizing a group to go running to Washington and crying that billionaires don’t get enough welfare in this country but won’t spend it on his stadium.

    Ross is disgusting. Any money that could be raised from any additional tax needs to be spend on police, fire, emt, teachers and other crucial personnel that are all being cut down due to the smaller budgets today.

    The absolute LAST thing any city or state in the US needs to do is give gratuitous money to billionaires.

  4. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. I wonder how bad the good people of South Florida will be screwed when they upgrade the shipwreck that is known as Sun Life stadium. As soon as they upgrades get approved the Dolphins will probably let all their high price players go so they can make as much profit as possible. (DejaVu anybody)

  5. commonsensedude says: Jun 24, 2013 10:12 AM

    Why not call the PAC “Billionaires for Taxpayer Abuse?” Kinda catchy.

  6. murphintampa says: Jun 24, 2013 10:16 AM

    Weatherford is single-handedly keeping one million low-income Floridians from getting health insurance, so I say “Bravo” to Ross and wish him all the best on getting this chump out of office.

  7. lgbarn says: Jun 24, 2013 10:34 AM

    “Ross also reportedly plans to assist Governor Rick Scott’s re-election effort.”

    No good can come of this. Worst governor the state of Florida has had in a LONG time.

  8. thingamajig says: Jun 24, 2013 11:02 AM

    The more you read about politicians the more you wonder how this country ever got where it is, but you can see where it’s going.

  9. r302112 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:09 AM

    Weatherford is a liar and a cheat.

    He should be removed from office.

    Go get em Stephan Ross.

    Oh. If Scott was a Romney supporter, absolutely he must go.

  10. packhawk04 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    When its all said and done, i think itd be kind of funny to see how much money ross spent in his PAC, compared to how much the stadium upgrades would cost.

    Odds theyd be similar?

  11. hsteacher says: Jun 24, 2013 1:23 PM

    If you want upgrades then pay for them and if you can’t then take out a loan, like the rest of us! And if you can’t afford this then maybe you should not have purchased the team.

  12. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2013 1:36 PM

    Smart move by Ross. It was the politicians that made it political, so Ross has the right to enter the political arena. Weatherford’s political career may have taken a turn for the worse.

  13. sargeisf says: Jun 24, 2013 2:19 PM

    Its amazing to see some of these comments from uninformed people. The NFL REQUIRES owners to have a minimum percentage of public funding for stadium renovations or new construction.

    The Dolphins are paying the price of the Marlins debacle, and are caught in between the NFL requirements, and political issues.

    The money would have been paid in full WITH interest unlike the Marlins deal.

    So people, do your homework before coming on here and trashing the organization just because you are not a fan, or a rival team’s fan. You sound like idiots.

  14. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    The Dolphins are a terrible franchise. I wonder how bad the good people of South Florida will be screwed when they upgrade the shipwreck that is known as Sun Life stadium. As soon as they upgrades get approved the Dolphins will probably let all their high price players go so they can make as much profit as possible. (DejaVu anybody)
    —————————————————-
    Then the Colts are worse than terrible…
    The total cost of Lucas Oil Stadium was $720 million. The stadium is being financed with funds raised by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million. Marion County has raised taxes for food and beverage sales, auto rental taxes, innkeeper’s taxes, and admission taxes for its share of the costs.

    You’re an Irsay.

  15. noring4youstill says: Jun 24, 2013 7:13 PM

    Here’s an idea Ross. Why don’t you use that money to instead fund the remodel to YOUR stadium.

  16. mmlkr2c says: Jun 27, 2013 10:08 AM

    Steven Ross is not a Floridian, he’s a New Yorker. I really don’t like that someone that is not even a state resident is going to be paying to elect lawmakers. Don’t you Ross supporters see the wrong in this ? Ross does own a Palm Beach residence, but spends just a few weeks a year there, his main residence is NYC. It just doesn’t sit well with me that a carpet bagger would be getting involved in our state politics.

  17. ivangreebka says: Jun 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    “mmlkr2c”: Most of Florida is occupied by people not born there. I think anytime you have someone willing to take the time to improve things and invest money to do so, you should be a little more accepting. Lord knows, Florida neeeds all the help it can get!

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