“They have built projects in my district, the same as other developers,” she added. “I’m very appreciative of what they’ve raised for me.”
Edmonson said the political support from Carlisle doesn’t translate into votes on the dais for the company. “They bid for their projects,” she said. “Normally our votes always go with the mayor’s recommendation.”
The single largest contribution went to Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s political committee, Common Sense Now, which received $10,000 from Biscayne Housing Group — a Carlisle partner also named in the subpoena — in 2011. BJ&K Construction also contributed nearly $9,000 to the committee between 2010 and 2012.
In Miami, the biggest beneficiary of the developers’ political largesse was Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, whose district overlaps with much of Edmonson’s district. Spence-Jones has received $6,500 since 2008. In the nearly two years she was out of office fighting legal battles, her temporary replacement, the Rev. Richard P. Dunn II, received more than $4,400.
The single largest contribution went to Commissioner Francis Suarez’s political committee, The Future is Now, which received $2,500 from Carlisle last year. Suarez is running this year against Mayor Tomás Regalado, who received $2,750 from the developers in 2009.
Miami Herald staff writer Jay Weaver contributed to this report.
This article has been updated to clarify that Edmonson said Carlisle held a fundraiser for her last year but she did not say more than a dozen of the developer's corporate entities contributed to her campaign. That information came from public records.