1/ John Morgan
18 JAN 2019
Duh... I don't know why my brain failed to put these together.

During DeSantis’ post-election transition period, Gaetz served as an emissary to Morgan, Florida’s self-described “pot daddy,” keeping him abreast of the governor-elect’s thinking.
2/ Morgan has invested millions in marijuana-related businesses, including banks catering to the industry, licensees & Weedapps, a smart phone dir of cannabis doctors & retailers. also raising $200mil for a hedge fund concentrating on the industry. tampabay.com/florida-politi…
3/Less than 24hrs before the FL Legislature passed the state’s first medical marijuana law in May 2014, #MattGaetz & other members of the state House rewrote the bill to limit who would be able to get in on the ground floor of what has since become a billion-dollar business.
5/ Gaetz’s friends & allies squeezed thru the narrow door. Among them:

•Brother of Gaetz’s friend & fellow state Rep. #HalseyBeshears who co-founded one of FLs first licensed marijuana co's amassing a fortune currently valued at about $600mil & major (R)Party donor.
7/ A Panhandle developer & client of Gaetz’s law firm who invested in another of the state’s first marijuana licensees & who, according to financial & court records, roughly tripled his money in two years.
8/ J.T. Burnette who married Kim Rivers, runs the state's largest medical marijuana company. #Trulieve
Trulieve, also a #BallardPartners customer. (& also public corruption in disaster relief)
See: politico.com/newsletters/fl…
9/ #BallardPartners lobbying firm until recently employed former state Rep. #ChrisDorworth. Gaetz once described as his legislative “mentor.” Firm was given investment interests in at least 3 co's that eventually won marijuana licenses, & now $160k/yr in lobbying fees from 4th
11/Another of Gaetz’s friends, hand doctor #JasonPirozzolo, who helped craft the legislation & then started several marijuana businesses, including a consulting firm that worked w/co's applying for marijuana licenses & a professional assoc that sells sponsorships to vendors
14/ Gaetz also worked w/these friends in other arenas. In 2019 Gaetz, Beshears, Dorworth & Pirozzolo were all involved in efforts to replace key leaders at the agency that runs Orlando Int'l Airport, obscure but important entity spends 100s of millions on contractors & vendors.
18/All 4 have also recently been rocked by a federal investigation that emerged from a probe into disgraced former Seminole Tax Collector #JoelGreenberg.

Gaetz is under investigation for potential sex-trafficking violations linked to a trip w/young girls & w/Beshears & Pirozzolo
22/Investigators have also learned of a conversation between Dorworth & Gaetz about recruiting a third-party candidate to help their friend #JasonBrodeur win a state Senate election last fall. A similar scheme in a South FL race has led to charges against a former state lawmaker.
27/ The sprawling federal investigation that emerged from the Greenberg probe has also now expanded to examine whether Gaetz took gifts in exchange for political favors tied to medical marijuana policy.
31/To be sure, there are scores of entrepreneurs, investors & others across FL who have benefitted, financially or professionally, from the creation & rapid growth of the medical marijuana industry, from a co-owner of the PDQ fried-chicken chain to a Russian-American billionaire.
34/ The state’s highest-ranking Democrat and a likely 2022 candidate for governor, Agriculture Commissioner #NikkFried, was one of Florida’s earliest medical marijuana lobbyists. 
35/ Famed Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who financed a 2016 constitutional amendment that expanded medical marijuana, is now a lender to the state’s No. 2 marijuana company and says he is “inundated on a daily basis with new opportunities.”
36/“The reality is every single entity that applied for a lic 2015 had political connections,” said John Lockwood, a Tally attorney who represents a no. of marijuana co's. “They lawyered up, they lobbied up, they had various influential people sitting on the board.”
37/ Kim Rivers and Thad Beshears are two of the company’s largest shareholders. Their stakes are valued at around $800 million and $600 million, respectively, based on their holdings as of March 15 and Trulieve’s current stock price.
38/Another early medical marijuana mover was Surterra, which was co-founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Jake Bergmann, who is now the fiancée of Nikki Fried, the state’s Democratic agriculture commissioner.
39/ Sept2017, Pirozzolo’s physicians’ association endorsed a medical-records software system developed by cannabis tech co called Alternate Health Co. Same day, they hired Brian Ballard & Chris Dorworth to represent it. The FL DOH approved the co’s software system for use.
39/ #MattGaetz helped set off Florida’s marijuana ‘green rush.’ Some of his friends, allies scored big
40/ AMMPA (#JasonPirozzolo's company-who also employs #MeganZolanka who Greenberg paid from the TC's office for no show "consulting") teams up with #Surterra (Jake Bergmann's former co-and Nikki Fried's fiancée). Fried was a lobbyist for med marijuana prior to her election.
41/Sarasota & Miami Conferences with AMMPA #MeganZolanka #SavaraHastings for Pirozzolo's company. 2018
42/ 10Dec2019
Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried engaged to medical marijuana company founder
43/ 9 JUL 2019
Nikki Fried’s Net Worth Increases 416%, Tied to Former Cannabis Exec
44/cont: Nikki Fried
Surterra is helping to bankroll a proposed ballot initiative to legalize rec marijuana donating $1.6mil to Make It Legal Florida.
High hopes, no cash: Florida’s homegrown pot amendment withers-industry initiative sprouts
45/ See thread here ⬇️ re: #MeganZolanka and MZ Strategies set up to receive payments from #JoelGreenberg and the Seminole County Taxpayers.
46/ Matt Gaetz, Joel Greenberg, Jason Pirozzolo and Ron DeSantis were often seen campaigning. Including private fundraisers like Teens for America First.
47/See thread re: Teens for America First and their well documented bigotry, anti-Semitism and extremist rhetoric.
48/Jason Pirozzolo and Ron DeSantis • Isreal • Airport Board Member Pirozzolo. H/t @DerWouter @carrybeyond
49/ 27May2019
Republican megadonors Sheldon & Miriam Adelson attended a signing ceremony w/DeSantis in Israel.
In April, the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which receives substantial funding from the casino executive, met at Adelson's resort.
50/ 23May2019
DeSantis to meet with Netanyahu while in Israel

The list of those attending includes political heavyweights who have given large political contributions or raised huge sums for Republicans in recent election cycles.

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