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Reputational & Positional Method

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Caitlin MacLaren

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Transcript of Reputational & Positional Method

Reputational Method
Sectors with a reputation for power
Lobbyists (16)
Spanish-language media (11)
Developers (10)
Chambers of commerce (8)
Unions (8)
Homeowner associations (4)

Lobbyists
Lobbyists have a great deal of power in Miami-Dade County because of the Sunshine Law. They are the go-between’s because Commissioners cannot talk to each other about issues unless it’s publicized.
--advocate
Lobbyists have significant influence because they raise money for the politicians. Everybody has to have a lobbyist in this town.
--lobbyist
Spanish-language Media
Cuban radio was a game changer and influences entire voting blocs.
--local politician
Cuban radio has a huge influence over the voting Hispanic community.
--commission aide
powerful but bought and paid for
--activist/local politician
Developers
developers rule the county
--labor advocate
most powerful sectors are trial lawyers and developers
--journalist
developers, contractors and lawyers run the city of Miami
--Democratic political activist
Chambers of commerce
Chambers and business groups are always at County Hall and must play a role in County Commissioner decisions on votes
--labor leader
Unions
labor sometimes has influence
--journalist
unions have potential but don't have much strategy
--campaign strategist
unions are only powerful sometimes
--county politician
Homeowner associations
resident associations are city government's bosses. Elected officials don't want to be on the wrong side of the residents
--local politician
have a lot of power when they mobilize around an issue, have been powerful force against developers
--activist
Individuals & Institutions
Norman Braman (16)
Floridian Partners/Brian May/Rodney Barreto) (16)
David Lawrence (11)
Ron Book (11)
Armando Gutierrez (10)
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (10)
Jorge Luis Lopez (10)
Carlos Gimenez (9)
Miami Herald/Nuevo Herald (9)
Knight Foundation/Alberto Ibarguen (8)
Miami Dade College/Eduardo Padron (7)
Catholic Church/archdiocese (7)
Alberto Carvalho (6)
Latin Builders Association (6)
Republican Party (6)
Police Benevolent Association/John Rivera (6)
SAVE (6)
Steve Marin (6)
Victor Curry (6)
Tomas Regalado (6)

Counter-point
8 people said business groups have little to no influence
The Chamber, Retail Federation, Beacon Council, Latin Builders and other business groups really are irrelevant throughout the year unless there is a specific worker issue that they want to crush then they will get their meetings with commissioners and e-mails into the offices.
--commission aide
sometimes a chamber of commerce can be influential in policy
--lobbyist
Floridian Partners
Powerful in city of Miami, Miami-Dade County and state
--journalist
Rodney Barreto influences Gimenez
--labor leader
important lobbying group
--labor leader
Norman Braman
when he calls, politicians act
--religious leader
most powerful non-politician
--journalist
moral compass of the county
--local politician
David Lawrence
He knows how to garner public support for children and family issues.
--county politician
influential on children's issues
--lobbyist
people listen to him
--social services provider
Ron Book
smart and knows how the system works
--local politician
can raise money and shape county politics
--Congressional staff
Armando Gutierrez
biggest consultant in Miami-Dade County. Every Commissioner is afraid of him. He is known for ruining people’s political careers
--county politician
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
has some influence in Miami-Dade County
--advocate
politically involved
--journalist
Jorge Luis Lopez
has influence over Carlos Gimenez
--labor leader
Knight Foundation
large influence on business and tech scenes
--journalist
has sway in city of Miami, possible the county
--journalist
Carlos Gimenez
influential because he controls airport and seaport
--business leader
Miami Herald/Nuevo Herald
influences Commissioners’ Heyman and Levine Cava and the African-American Commissioners
--commission aide
is in fact influential in this town because it appeals to under 55 who are all Anglo and represent a voting bloc.
--campaign strategist
Archdiocese of Miami
Bishop Wenski has political juice with comissioners
--commission aide
Having the Archbishop’s backing is helpful
--social services provider
Alberto Carvalho
Has a relationship with all municipal politicians and in Tallahassee.
--local politician
rising power
--journalist
Latin Builders Associaton
has some influence over the Mayor and the Commissioners, always see them on the 29th floor of the Stephen P. Clark building
--labor leader
player in development battles
--social services provider
Republican Party
has a lot of influence in this town and are well-organized, have vision and definitely a strategy for their candidates
--labor leader
Police Benevolent Association
John Rivera has tremendous sway with Miami-Dade County Commissioners because he knows how to sway public opinion and can move his membership to take action in the districts.
--county politician
SAVE
major local progressive legislative player
--journalist
Steve Marin
has city of Miami commissioners in his pocket. knows how to win elections, direct mail, door-to-door, phone calls and identifying the ALF’s, senior assisted living places, to get absentee ballots
--labor leader
Victor Curry
influential in African American community
--journalist
has influence, especially with Edmonson and Jordan
--labor leader
Tomas Regalado
in city of Miami his name carries far because of his influence on Cuban radio. Good to get his endorsement. Jose Javier Rodriguez was endorsed by Tomas Regalado and they played that ad on the air for over a month during his election.
--journalist
Miami Dade College
Eduardo Padron is one of the most effective individuals in the County
--advocate
Labor
5
Local politician
3
Lobbyist
2
Journalist
2
government
employee
2
commission
aide
1
advocate
1
Labor
5
Local politician
2
Campaign
strategist
1
Democratic
politician
1
commission
aide
2
Labor
4
Local politician
1
Lobbyist
3
Journalist
1
government
employee
1
Labor
4
Lobbyist
1
Democratic
politician
1
Social
services provider
1
State
Legislative
staffer
1
Journalist
2
Campaign
strategist
1
Local
politician
1
Campaign
strategist
1
Congress.
staffer
1
Congress.
staffer
1
Lobbyist
1
Activist
1
Local
politician
2
Labor
1
Labor
2
Journalist
3
Local
politician
3
Foundation
1
Social
services
provider
1
Religious
leader
1
State
politician
1
Congressional
staff
1
Activist
1
Lobbyist
1
elected official (judicial)
1
Labor
7
Activist
1
Commission
aide
1
Congress.
staff
2
Political
consultant
1
Lobbyist
1
Journalist
2
Local
politician
1
Business
leader
1
Elected
official
(judicial)
1
Journalist
1
Labor
1
Social
services
provider
2
Lobbyist
1
County
politician
2
Commission
aide
1
Congress.
staff
1
Congress.
staff
2
Democratic
politician
1
Social
services
provider
2
Labor
1
Commission
aide
1
Political
consultant
1
Government
consultant
1
Local
politician
1
Journalist
1
Commission
aide
2
Local
politician
2
Labor
2
Activist
1
Journalist
1
Congress.
staff
1
Democratic
politician
1
Advocate
3
Labor
2
Journalist
2
Elected
official
(judicial)
1
Business
leader
1
Lobbyist
1
Labor
4
Activist
1
Democratic
politician
1
Congress.
staff
1
Commission
aide
1
Journalist
1
Local
politician
1
Business
leader
2
Advocate
1
Democratic
politician
1
Social
services
provider
2
Lobbyist
1
County
politician
1
Academic
1
Labor
3
Commission
aide
2
County
politician
1
Democratic
politician
1
Lobbyist
1
Campaign
strategist
1
Commission
aide
1
Lobbyist
2
Journalist
3
Local
politician
1
Advocate
1
Social
services
provider
1
Journalist
1
Commission
aide
1
Congress.
staff
1
Labor
1
Advocate
1
Elected
official
(judicial)
1
Activist
2
Commission
aide
1
Social
services
provider
1
Local
politician
1
Congress.
staff
1
Journalist
1
Social
services
provider
2
Local
politician
1
Labor
1
Congress.
staff
1
Journalist
1
Local
politician
1
Labor
2
Social
services
provider
2
Journalist
1
Democratic
politician
3
Labor
2
Local
politician
1
State
legislator
1
Journalist
2
County
politician
1
Commission
aide
1
Activist
1
Journalist
1
Activist
1
Democratic
politician
1
Political
consultant
1
Labor
1
Advocate
1
Labor
4
Local
politician
1
Congress.
staff
1
Labor
4
Advocate
1
Journalist
1
Social
services
provider
2
State
legislator
1
Commission
aide
1
Democratic
politician
1
Positional Method/
Network Analysis

Searching for the power elite...
Biggest employers
Biggest property tax payers
Largest companies (by revenue)
Largest nonprofits, foundations and chambers of commerce
Top county campaign contributors
Institutions highest ranked in interviews
Government bodies with decision-making power

Overlap between corporations
Overlap between all groups
Overlap between all groups
Accounting
Alcohol Distribution
Arts & Entertainment
Auto dealer
Banking and Finance
Business Groups
Development
Health Care
Lobbyists
Media
Nonprofits +
Social Services

Public Sector
Schools
Travel
Utilities
Major contributors to county elected officials, 2011-2014
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