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Broward Pol, Who Used $386k Of His Own For First Campaign, Taking Thousands From Lobbyists For Reelection

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Mark Bogen
Mark Bogen, far left, waits to speak to a Democratic Party club during his first campaign.

The day after Mark Bogen won his campaign three yers ago, the newspaper made it clear that the multi-millionaire lawyer was not the usual Broward candidate:

“Outsider Mark Bogen Wins County Commission race.”

The newspaper noted that Bogen spent an “eye-popping” $386,000 of his own money in the campaign.

Boy, have times changed for Bogen.

The onetime outsider is now an insider. He is running a reelection campaign largely paid for by folks doing business with the county who depend on his vote.

“I won without lobbyists or anybody else. If this time anybody wants to give to me, great. I’m happy to take their donations. They know I don’t need them and I can win without them,” Bogen said.

Bogen raised $169,843 through the end of June. There is another $5,068 in kind-kind contributions such as donated food and drink at fundraisers.

His first reelection contribution was $1,000 on January 5 was from lobbyist Judy Stern.

By Buddy Nevins, BrowardBeat.com, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, July 19, 2017 

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Buddy Nevins has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years. His columns appeared in the Fort Lauderdale News and then the Sun-Sentinel. Nevins now writes for his own website, www.browardbeat.com. The opinions expressed by Buddy Nevins are strictly his own and not those of the SouthFloridaReporter.