FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 24, 2023
Davie, FL – Dr. Barbara Sharief, candidate for the Florida Senate District 35, wins a landmark
defamation lawsuit against Winning Florida, a political committee responsible for the
production and dissemination of misleading campaign ads during the 2022 primary election.
As part of the settlement, Winning Florida has agreed to publicly retract all references to Dr.
Sharief “defrauding” any entity or having been found guilty. The advertisements referenced in
the settlement presented false claims that Sharief defrauded Medicaid.
“I have dedicated my career to caring for the most vulnerable and ensuring the safety of
Broward County residents. Not only was I attacked on my integrity as a healthcare professional,
voters in the 2022 primary were also misled on my stance on gun safety. I lost my father to gun
violence at the age of 14 and have been a staunch advocate for common sense gun safety laws.”
Dr. Sharief hopes this settlement serves as a catalyst for change, dissuading political consultants
from resorting to defamatory methods. By rejecting such destructive practices, we can foster a
more honest and respectful political landscape.
“Our intent in filing the lawsuit was to stand up against false attacks and ensure voters are not
subjected to disinformation that could dissuade them from participating in future elections,”
said Dr. Sharief. “I call upon all those in leadership positions in the Democratic Party to stand
with me in publicly rejecting the politics of personal destruction and hatred that often fuel
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