South Florida Developers Donate To Trump, Other Candidates

From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

From left: Jorge Pérez, Stuart Miller, Craig Robins, Louise Sunshine, and Russell Galbut,(Credit: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

As the presidential election nears, The Real Deal examined top South Florida real estate players’ political donations this year, and found they largely skewed in one direction.

A number of developers supported Republican candidates and causes, including Craig Robins, Stuart Miller and Russell Galbut.

Related Group developer Jorge Pérez and real estate adviser Louise Sunshine were among the few to donate to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, according to TRD’s analysis of filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Here is a look at some of the political donations real estate developers and brokers made in 2020:

Craig Robins

The Miami Design District developer has written checks totaling $25,000 this year. Robins, president and CEO of Dacra, gave $12,500 to the Gimenez Victory Committee, $5,600 to Carlos Gimenez for Congress, $5,000

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Trump resumes campaign with Florida rally 10 days after COVID-19 disclosure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will try to put his bout with COVID-19 behind him when he returns to the campaign trail on Monday, beginning a three-week sprint to the Nov. 3 U.S. election with a rally in the battleground state of Florida.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes off his face mask as he comes out on a White House balcony to speak to supporters gathered on the South Lawn for a campaign rally that the White House is calling a “peaceful protest” in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The event at an airport in Sanford, Florida, will be Trump’s first campaign rally since he disclosed on Oct. 2 that he tested positive for COVID-19. Trump, who spent three nights in the hospital for treatment, said on Sunday he had fully recovered and was no longer infectious, but did not say directly whether he had

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Trump got a $21 million tax break for saving the forest outside his N.Y. mansion. Now the deal is under investigation.

The size of Trump’s tax windfall was set by a 2016 appraisal that valued Seven Springs at $56.5 million — more than double the value assessed by the three Westchester County towns that each contained a piece of the property.

The valuation has now become a focal point of what could be one of the most consequential investigations facing President Trump as he heads into the election.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is investigating whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of Seven Springs as part of the conservation easement on the property, according to filings in the case in August. The investigation also scrutinizes valuations, tax burdens and conservation easements at Trump’s holdings in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Trump’s son Eric, who now helps run the Trump Organization, sat for a deposition in the case Monday.

The Seven Springs appraisal, obtained by The

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Trump Administration Orders Nevada to Allow Rapid Covid-19 Tests in Nursing Homes

The Trump administration ordered the state of Nevada to withdraw a directive blocking nursing homes from using federally provided rapid coronavirus testing equipment, highlighting a debate over the proper use of the tests after reports of some false-positive results.

In a letter to Nevada officials, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official who has overseen U.S. testing efforts, said the state’s action is “inconsistent with and pre-empted by federal law and, as such, must cease immediately or appropriate action will be taken against those involved.” The letter was dated Oct. 8 and made public Friday.

Adm. Giroir defended the performance of the federally supplied equipment on a call Friday with reporters, saying the false-positive rate was low and the issue could be managed by using proper procedures to confirm results. The state’s action wasn’t justified, he said. Adm. Giroir declined to say what enforcement action the

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Trump health official blasts Nevada after state ends use of rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes

A top official from the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday urged Nevada to reverse its decision to suspend the use of two rapid coronavirus tests in nursing homes, saying there is no “scientific reason” to justify its action.



Brett Giroir wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ADM Brett P. Giroir testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 23, 2020.

Nevada health officials have ordered nursing facilities in the state to immediately suspend the use of two tests, manufactured by companies Quidel and Becton, Dickinson and Co., after the officials said the tests repeatedly delivered false positives.

Nevada officials said 23 out of 39 positive antigen test results from both Quidel and BD were later found by PCR to be negative, according to a directive issued

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Trump plans to take part in next presidential debate, spokesman says

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump plans to take part in next week’s scheduled presidential debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden despite his coronavirus diagnosis last week, a spokesman told Fox News late Monday.

“The president intends to debate,” Tim Murtaugh told the broadcaster less than an hour after Trump left the Walter Reed medical center, where he had been receiving treatment for COVID-19.

The second debate, during which the candidates are to answer questions from voters, is set to take place on Oct. 15 in Miami.

There have been concerns that Trump may have been infectious at his first debate with Biden last week, when the pair stood six feet apart. Both men are in their 70s and in the high-risk category of those who become infected with coronavirus because of their age.

Biden has repeatedly tested negative for the virus in recent days and has said he is willing

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Van Drew may pay price for going full Trump

Good Tuesday morning!

If Rep. Jeff Van Drew was still a Democrat, my guess is he’d be fairly comfortable right now. But a Monmouth University poll released Monday indicates that Van Drew’s refusal to vote to impeach President Trump, his subsequent switch to the GOP and then pledge of “undying support” to President Trump may have been a political miscalculation.

The poll shows Democrat Amy Kennedy leading Van Drew by five points in South Jersey’s 2nd District — or six or seven points, depending on which model is used. It also shows Joe Biden with a 3 point lead against President Trump in the district.

Yes, the Van Drew’s District is more Trump-friendly than most in New Jersey. But it’s still a swing district. And while this is looking like far from a blowout — Kennedy’s lead is within the margin of error — there’s a particularly troubling sign

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Temporary contractor threw Trump mail-in ballots in county trash, Pennsylvania officials say

An incident regarding “a small number” of discarded mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania — which has sparked a Department of Justice investigation and drawn the attention of President Donald Trump — appears to be rooted in an administrative error by a temporary contractor working at the Luzerne County Elections Bureau, according to the county manager.

He also said county officials did not know which candidate was selected on the ballots until the Justice Department publicly disclosed the information earlier this week.

Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri said in a statement issued Friday that a temporary independent contractor who was assigned to sort mail at the elections bureau “incorrectly discarded into the office trash UMOVA ballots,” which is an acronym for ballots from military and overseas voters. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania said on Thursday that nine ballots had been found in a dumpster next to

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Here is where Trump and Biden stand on housing issues

Tuesday marked 35 days until the election. And whoever — President Trump or former vice president Joe Biden — wins the race, will have a hand at shaping the nation’s policies that impact homeowners and renters.

Trump will continue limiting government housing regulations if he is re-elected to a second term, while Americans can expect an expansion of government-mandated protections for vulnerable groups under Biden’s $640 billion housing plan. 

Here’s a breakdown of each candidates’ housing policies.

This combination of file pictures shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump at separate speaking engagements in September 2020. (Photos by Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski; Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski via Getty Images).
This combination of file pictures shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump at separate speaking engagements in September 2020. (Photos by Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski; Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski via Getty Images).

Coronavirus relief

The most imminent and impactful result of the election would be the next president’s actions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic — and both candidates are focused on providing relief to homeowners and renters.

Trump helped

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NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times.

Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years.

The details of the tax filings complicate Trump’s description of himself as a shrewd and patriotic businessman, revealing instead a series of financial losses and income from abroad that could come into conflict with his responsibilities as president. The president’s financial disclosures indicated he earned at least $434.9 million in 2018, but the tax filings reported a $47.4 million loss.

The tax filings also illustrate how a reputed billionaire could pay little to nothing in taxes, while someone in the middle class

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