February 15, 2012 12:17 PM
Want to see who’s lobbying the Broward School Board? Well, now you can.
The board debuted a new searchable database in the last couple months. You can search by board member, lobbyist name and topic discussed. It also will tell the date and time the meeting took place.
For instance, do a search for Vincent Grande, a lobbyist for Moore Stephens Lovelace, P.A., and you’ll see that he met with seven of nine board members over a two-day period in January. (The firm does auditing work for the district.)
The database is part of the board’s efforts to be more transparent in the wake of a scathing grand jury report last year that accused board members and district officials of corruption by contractors, vendors and lobbyists.
Much of the grand jury’s criticism was related to construction projects. Interestingly, the list of registered lobbyists doesn’t seem to have many construction firms on it. And board members haven’t reported many meetings.
Maureen Dinnen, Patricia Good and Robin Bartleman have met with only three lobbyists in the last year, according to the database. Nora Rupert has met with four.
See the board’s policy on lobbyists here.
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