I write to express my concern about Miami Lakes Councilman Ceasar Mestre making history by permitting unprecedented influence by outside special interests into our local Miami Lakes elections.
In all prior years, Miami Lakes prohibited any corporate contributions and any contributions over $250. With his election approaching, Mestre voted to change the law, for the first time allowing corporate contributions and contributions up to $1,000 in Miami Lakes elections. Now we are finding out why. Mestre’s campaign reports are shocking in their excessive amounts of corporate checks and $1,000 contributions. Mestre has raised over $47,000. A staggering 90 percent is from corporate checks from businesses and special interests outside Miami Lakes, mainly from Hialeah. Less than $2,000 comes from people in Miami Lakes. Over 50 checks are for $500 or more. Mestre’s money is coming from waste companies, developers and other groups, including the mayor of Hialeah and others who would love to influence Miami Lakes for their own benefit.
After over a decade of no one ever accepting a corporate check or a check over $250, Mestre has implemented his new law by opening the flood gates for special interest and outside control of Miami Lakes. I strongly suggest that every voter look at Mestre’s reports before the cast of any votes. It is a disgrace to our Town’s pristine history.
Jacqueline Jorge, Miami Lakes
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