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How medical marijuana, powerful allies fueled rise of Orlando doctor now embroiled in Matt Gaetz sex scandal

How medical marijuana, powerful allies fueled rise of Orlando doctor now embroiled in Matt Gaetz sex scandal

In May 2014, just before the Florida Legislature passed the state’s first medical marijuana law, then-state House Reps. Matt Gaetz and Jason Brodeur teamed up to add a provision to the bill forcing any company that wanted to grow and sell cannabis in Florida to also hire a physician as medical director. One week later, records show, one of their friends — Orlando hand doctor Jason Pirozzolo, who had been on the floor of the state House that day — started a new consulting business providing medical directors to cannabis companies. Advertisement It was an entrance onto the ground floor of the...

April 16, 2021
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Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida’s political scandals

Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida’s political scandals

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Orlando Sentinel. Before he resigned in disgrace last year, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg doled out dubious contracts to a number of Republican politicians, political strategists and other allies, many with links to the scandals that have rocked Florida politics this month, according to audit documents, emails and other records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel. The records also provide further details of Greenberg’s friendships with two of the...

April 13, 2021
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Alleged Bahamas flight Matt Gaetz took with former Orlando airport board appointee Jason Pirozzolo being investigated, report says

Alleged Bahamas flight Matt Gaetz took with former Orlando airport board appointee Jason Pirozzolo being investigated, report says

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Orlando Sentinel. Federal investigators are probing a trip to the Bahamas that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz allegedly took with former Orlando International Airport board appointee Jason Pirozzolo as part of a probe into potential sex-trafficking violations, . Citing “multiple” unnamed sources, CBS reported that investigators are probing a Bahamian trip Gaetz, a Republican from the Panhandle, took with Pirozzolo, an Orlando hand doctor and medical marijuana investor who...

April 8, 2021
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Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz visited closed Seminole tax office together on weekend, source says

Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz visited closed Seminole tax office together on weekend, source says

Joel Greenberg and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz on at least one occasion several years ago were recorded together entering the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office when it was closed on a weekend night, according to a person familiar with office operations who saw the videotape. The person said the footage showed Greenberg and Gaetz walking into the Tax Collector’s Lake Mary office on Primera Drive. Greenberg was seen going through baskets where driver’s licenses, turned in by residents for disposal, were stored and later went into a back room, the person said. Advertisement CNN reported the...

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Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz visited closed Seminole tax office together on weekend, source says

Joel Greenberg, Matt Gaetz visited closed Seminole tax office together on weekend, source says

Joel Greenberg and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz on at least one occasion several years ago were recorded together entering the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office when it was closed on a weekend night, according to a person familiar with office operations who saw the videotape. The person said the footage showed Greenberg and Gaetz walking into the Tax Collector’s Lake Mary office on Primera Drive. Greenberg was seen going through baskets where driver’s licenses, turned in by residents for disposal, were stored and later went into a back room, the person said. Advertisement CNN reported the...

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Tech, defense giants lobbying for tax break that would save them billions

Tech, defense giants lobbying for tax break that would save them billions

Some of the world’s largest companies are lobbying Congress to preserve a lucrative tax break that saves them billions of dollars a year, even as the federal budget deficit swells amid efforts to contain the coronavirus and revive the sagging economy. Aerospace and defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Technologies Corp. would save $2 billion each in 2022 if lawmakers agree to keep the soon-to-expire corporate tax break, at . Advertisement Airplane manufacturer Boeing Co. would save about $2.5 billion, according to estimates by analysts at investment bank UBS. One of...

June 24, 2020
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SeaWorld seeks federal loan while paying little in U.S. income taxes | Exclusive

SeaWorld seeks federal loan while paying little in U.S. income taxes | Exclusive

Losing $25 million a month while its amusement parks sit closed and empty, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. hopes a loan from the federal government could help the company get through the coronavirus crisis. SeaWorld wants help from federal taxpayers though it pays little federal income taxes itself. Advertisement Over the past 10 years, records show the company has earned nearly $193 million in pretax profits. But it has paid less than $8 million in total income taxes, according to an Orlando Sentinel review of SeaWorld’s financial statements. That works out to a tax rate of 4 percent. Most of...

April 29, 2020
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