Key figures in ‘ghost’ candidate scandal had business relationship, records show – Orlando Sentinel

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The records also show the person Artiles reported to at the Tallahassee nonprofit was Alex Alvarado, the Republican strategist who ran two political committees that together spent $550,000 last year promoting mysterious independent candidates who appeared on the ballot in three key Senate races: Senate District 9 in Central Florida, which was won by Republican Sen. Jason Brodeur of Sanford; Senate District 37 in Miami, won by Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia of Miami; and Senate District 39 in Miami and the Florida Keys, won by Republican Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez.