West Palm Beach City Commissioner Shanon Materio’s Secret Ties to Developers, Lobbyists and Special Interest Donors Exposed

As a candidate for West Palm Beach City Commissioner, Shanon Materio has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from real estate developers, lobbyists and other special interest groups.

Materio’s campaign reports for her 2018 City Commission campaign indicate she has raised nearly $20,000 in campaign donations from these special interest donors. In addition, reports from Shanon Materio’s Tallahassee political action committee (PAC), Protecting Coastal Communities, show she received nearly $50,000 in donations from developers, lobbyists and special interest groups. According to City Commission voting records, Materio has a record of supporting projects of developers and lobbyists who donate to help her campaign.

One special interest developer has a longtime connection to Materio. As city commissioner, Shanon Materio was the only commissioner to support a proposal to build two tall office towers in downtown West Palm Beach. The developer of the project sought more than $8 million in taxpayer incentives to develop his towers. Since Materio’s vote to support his project, Materio’s Tallahassee PAC has received donations from the developer and his associates.

Additionally, Materio voted to have the city of West Palm Beach purchase seven acres of land along Dixie Highway, near her own neighborhood, in hopes of selling it to a buyer who would redevelop the land. The city paid nearly $500,000 above the city’s appraisal for the real estate, leaving West Palm Beach taxpayers to foot the overspend. The Palm Beach Post uncovered that the lobbyist pushing the city to purchase the land was also an adviser to Shanon Materio’s election campaign. Materio failed to mention the lobbyist who may have financially benefited from the deal was also guiding her on her campaign. This same lobbyist had his firm donate to Materio’s re-election campaign.

Shanon Materio is currently running for West Palm Beach City Commissioner in the March 13 race.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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