The Real Deal Miami

Marlins cast their vote with checkbooks in Mayor Alvarez recall controversy

November 04, 2010 04:00PM

A rendering of the new Marlins Stadium in Miami

The Florida Marlins and the contractors helping to build their new Miami stadium are pitching in to help Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez hang on to his title amid efforts to launch a recall against him, just as he pitched in to help the team last year by supporting more than $350 million in public funding for their construction project. Among Alvarez’s recent contributors are Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria; team president David Samson, who donated $50,000 to the mayor’s political action committee formed in September to stave off the recall push; stadium general contractor Hunt/Moss; and subcontractors charged with pouring concrete, building cabinets and wiring the Little Havana stadium for electricity. In fact, Alvarez’s most significant financial backers thus far are the Marlins and their stadium’s contractors, who have, together, given him $73,500 over the past two-and-a-half weeks. The PAC has raised a total of $207,650 so far and has spent close to $35,000 on lawyers and consultants. [Miami Herald]