Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, March 13, 2017

Though Gov. Rick Scott frequently complains about government spending, Florida's Republican leaders have spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, according to an AP investigation. Florida taxpayers also have reimbursed almost $16 million in legal fees to the state's opponents in court. That totals $253 million since 2011, including a water war with Georgia and unsuccessful battles to test welfare recipients for drugs, purge voter registration lists and ban companies that do business with Cuba from bidding on government contracts. Attorney General Pam Bondi has a legal budget of over $300 million a year and 450 state lawyers, but Scott and other state leaders keep hiring private attorneys.

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When questioned by AP, Bondi's office claimed it was impossible to determine how much money the state is spending on private attorneys. "We do not have that information and are unaware of a way to capture expenditures for the purchase of outside legal services that would not entail an exhaustive search of documents," said her spokesperson Whitney Ray. ...

Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami), the state House budget chief, called the department's legal spending a "runaway train."

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It's a disaster.

Sad.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-13 04:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Who is the party of wasteful spending? There is an EXTENSIVE track record. Dems may piddle away on small projects but the GOP sure knows how to waste money.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-03-13 05:26 PM | Reply

I you read the article you would have seen that over 1/3 of it is over a riparian rights battle over water coming from three different rivers, which is important to everyone in Florida. Latham is probably milking the fees for all its worth but they are also providing value to FL.

If you want to complain about something, complain about the legal fees paid to opposing counsel on their losing battles for on the gay marriage, voting rights, and drug testing lawsuits.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-13 09:19 PM | Reply

I you read the article you would have seen that over 1/3 of it is over a riparian rights battle over water coming from three different rivers

But I thought watershed issues as enforced by the EPA were the epitome of fascism?

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-03-13 09:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How much has been pissed away by The Donald's tweets?

#5 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-03-13 09:41 PM | Reply

But please, tell me again how Republicans are the avatars of family values and fiscal integrity.

#6 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-03-13 11:42 PM | Reply

There should be a special prison for lawyers.

Very special.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-14 11:28 AM | Reply

But I thought watershed issues as enforced by the EPA were the epitome of fascism?

#4 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2017-03-13 09:31 PM

Where did you learn that, ThinkProgress?

The EPA has little or nothing to do with interstate water rights disputes (i.e. who gets to use it), the reference in the article is to the FL Dept. of Environmental Protection.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-14 03:58 PM | Reply

There should be a special prison for lawyers.
Very special.

#7 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2017-03-14 11:28 AM

The do, the lower level offenders do three years in Law School and the major offenders do life in a Law Firm.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-03-14 03:59 PM | Reply

Where did you learn that, ThinkProgress?

No.

I just remember the world was going to end because Obama said people couldn't collect rain water or dig their own ponds owing to downstream usage concerns.

My comment was made because those disputes and regulations are quite a normal part of the state's interactions.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2017-03-14 07:56 PM | Reply

250 millions in lawyers for state, that's cheap.

It would be better if the judges just through out the stupid law suits brought to the floor knowing they would be pushed out.

All we have to do is force the judges to do their jobs and actually review the causes before they get to the court.

#11 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-15 06:15 AM | Reply

All we have to do is force the judges to do their jobs and actually review the causes before they get to the court.

#11 | Posted by Crassus

I don't know where you learned civics, but that is NOT the judge's job, or maybe in your world people aren't entitled to their day in court.

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-03-15 10:18 AM | Reply

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