Politics & Government

Meek set up meeting with top Dems to protest cigar tax

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek touted legislation expanding health insurance for poor kids in late October when he joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a Miami neighborhood clinic, praising the push to help children.

But behind the scenes, Meek, a member of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, helped Miami cigar maker Jorge Padron get a private meeting with top House Democrats — including Pelosi — so Padron could lobby against the higher cigar taxes that were proposed to partly offset the cost of expanding the program.

Months later, Padron hosted a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for Meek at his company headquarters in Miami.

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