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David Beckham did not violate lobbying laws

Miami-Dade ethics division says he must register as lobbyist, however
March 27, 2014 12:45PM

David Beckham

David Beckham

Soccer legend David Beckham did not violate any Miami-Dade County lobbying laws during his pursuit of a stadium for a Miami-based franchise, the county’s ethics division concluded.

A three-month investigation wrapped up with Beckham cleared of any breaches, but he must register before meeting with any county officials about a proposed Major League Soccer stadium, according to the Miami Herald. Beckham’s team up investors accompanied Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on a tour of potential stadium sites last June.

Gimenez and Beckham also met for a private dinner at the home of wireless industry mogul and Beckham partner Marcelo Claure in November. But the dinner took place six days after three Akerman attorneys registered to lobby on Beckham’s behalf.

“Only those individuals who are properly registered should be meeting with County officials to influence or encourage” the stadium proposal, according to the ethics division report. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis