The Coconut Road money is a boon, however, to Daniel J. Aronoff, a real estate developer who helped raise $40,000 for Mr. Young at the nearby Hyatt Coconut Point hotel days before he introduced the measure.Yes, $40,000 probably counts as a "very good impression." On the bright side, at least they didn't deliver it in bricks of hundred dollar bills wrapped in aluminum foil.
....A consultant who helped push for the project spelled out why its supporters held the fund-raiser. "We were looking for a lot of money," said the consultant, Joe Mazurkiewicz. "We evidently made a very good impression on Congressman Young, and thanks to a lot of great work from Congressman Young, we got $81 million to expand Interstate 75 and $10 million for the Coconut Road interchange."
....When he was approached near the House floor by a reporter, Mr. Young responded with an obscene gesture.