Monday, September 29, 2014

Molton Allen Williams...Asmar/Freeman/ Hayward...What Outzen Won't Tell You

In his blog post regarding the Molton Allen Williams bid, the Asmar Weekly states:

"The last set of documents concerned the insurance broker services. Stuart Freeman of Molton, Allen & Williams approached the city believing that he could save the city money by consolidating all the insurance policies under one broker (Freeman ), at the time the city had five firms – Carriers

The city bid out the business – six bids were received. There is nothing in the Request of Qualifications that appears to have given Molton, Allen & Williams an advantage (Broker RFQ ). Six companies appear to have met all the qualifications."

Well, lets break down the facts and the timeline linking each to documents:
  • September 23, 2011- MAW inquires of Asmar "Drinks on Tuesday?  Global?"  Elisabeth Buswell of the City responds " Mr. Asmar can meet you at 5:30pm on Tuesday..."  Here's a question.  The email from MAW to Asmar goes only to his Asmar Law Firm account but the response comes from Buswell at the City. No forwarding is reflected.  
  • October 2011 - Dinner at Jacksons where MAW executives meet and greet with the Mayor and his staff to propose the idea of their company becoming the broker of record for the City.
  • Throughout October City staff is made available to inform MAW about everything regarding the City's insurance.
  • November 8, 2011 2:59pm - The email Outzen reflects as Freeman above was sent ONLY to John Asmar at his Asmar Law Firm email.  Key terms: 
    • "Good to see you last month"  So October 2011.
    • "If appointed".  Its a RFQ situation
    • "Here is what we know, have recently learned"  inside access?
    • "You (Asmar) asked me to "make the case" for using our firm"  His words!
    • "I have a meeting with Dick Barker, Jim Odom, Sherrer Kuchera and Tracy Walsh on Thursday November 10th.  I need your direction on how to proceed prior to this meeting."  What direction?  Why would Asmar direct to proceed as this must be bid?
    • "MAW is the exclusive P&C broker for the following clients based in Pensacola:
      • Baptist Health Care
      • Lakeview Center
      • Pensacola Christian College
  • November 9, 2011 - Asmar meets with MAW at Happy Pig at 4:30pm
  • January 18, 2012 12:37pm - Asmar sends MAWs "case for using MAW" to Hayward's private yahoo account for review prior to dinner
  • January 18, 2012 - Private Dinner between MAW executives, Hayward, Asmar and Reynolds.  Private home on the beach.  Private chef. Rack of Lamb.  Chauffeured car for the Mayor.
  • February 8, 2012 - City staff post the RFQ to the City website.  Barker immediately (within 5 minutes) notifies Asmar.
  • February 9, 2012 - Bid 12-016 is issued for Property Insurance Broker of Record Services.  Three months after the November 8, 2011 case for Molten Allen Williams was made to Asmar and a month following the rack of lamb dinner.
    • The bid required:
      • "References of at least two (2) Pensacola area clients with total insurable values in excess of $50,000,000"
  • February 21, 2012 - McMahon & Hadder emailed the City asking:
"Pursuant to the Submission Instructions, Item #8 (please see attached PDF where I have highlighted this item in yellow). the criterion states, "References of at least two (2) Pensacola area clients with total insurable values in Excess of $50,000,000 in which you as Agent/Agency) are retail insurance Agent/Agency providing "property Insurance - Broker Services"

"Based on the demographics of the Pensacola area, there are a limited number of entities whose insurance property values total $50,000,000+"

"My questions are as follows:
  • Was item #8 in the RFQ meant to eliminate any Agent/Agency/Broker who is not already the Agent/Agency/Broker of at least two large property accounts?
  • If the above is a pre-requite, does the fact that our agency submitted a very competitive proposal for the City of Pensacola's last RFP and possesses extensive experience in catastrophic claims situations overcome this obstacle?

  • March 13, 2012 - Bids opened.
    • Six responses:
      1. Arthur Gallagher Risk Management
      2. Fisher Brown Bottrell
      3. FL League of Cities
      4. McMahon & Hadder
      5. MAW
      6. Public Risk Insurance Agency
    • Only two bids are compliant due to the clause "References of at least two (2) Pensacola area clients with total insurable values in Excess of $50,000,000".  The proposals reflect as to item #8:
      1. Arthur Gallagher Risk Management - Only Escambia County Schools
      2. Fisher Brown Bottrell - Only West Florida Medical Center Clinic
      3. FL League of Cities - ECUA and Area Housing Commission but No Original copy, No debarment and No Addendum; Non compliant
      4. McMahon & Hadder - None
      5. MAW - Baptist Health Care, Pensacola Christian College
      6. Public Risk Insurance Agency - Many but Santa Rosa County is closest.
  • March 28, 2012 - City Insurance Consultant Jim Odom meets with Asmar and recommends MAW as the Broker of Record.
  • April 10, 2012 - Odom sends an email confirming the meeting and recommendation.
  • April 14, 2012 - Asmar forwards the recommendation email to Hayward at his ashtonhayward@yahoo.com email address.
Facts:
  • Asmar/Hayward gave MAW unequal access to review any data and discuss any matter with City staff they needed to advise how the RFQ should appear.
  • Asmar/Hayward both had the proposal from MAW via "the case for MAW" before the RFQ was ever issued as it was used as the requirements in being a qualified bidder. 
  • The RFQ was written with "the case for MAW" as the outline such that ONLY one firm could be compliant with the requirements.
Questions:
  • What was communicated to Jim Odom regarding the MAW proposal by Asmar?
  • Was there any "extra" entertainment provided at the dinner on the beach as I have heard?
  • Was Stuart Freeman dating Mayor Hayward's sister Lauren at the time as I have heard?
  • What if anything did the City "save" in using MAW or a new expense to the City?
  • Why would Outzen not mention all of the above facts and say "There is nothing in the Request of Qualifications that appears to have given Molton, Allen & Williams an advantage (Broker RFQ ). Six companies appear to have met all the qualifications."
Here is an answer to the last of those questions!!!






Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rob Johnson is Incompetent! Jerry Pate Not a Member!

The Mayor's attorney gave the PNJ documents and excuses on Friday.  One of the attorney's statements used by the press was:

"Other documents provided to the News Journal show that on one occasion, in May 2012, Hayward and Pate attended the latter's induction to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. There was no airfare because the two men drove to the event together, and a credit card receipt shows that Hayward paid for his hotel stay."

Based on the World Golf Hall of Fame website, Jerry Pate has NEVER been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  They were just on a BroFest trip to see the REAL members get inducted.

http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/hall-of-fame/search-hall-of-fame-members/?view=alpha

This fact was confirmed by a 30 second call to the Hall of Fame today.

Talk about taking everything he is shoveled by the attorney. What a journalistic joke!

And another potential fraud occurred by the Mayor.  Based on the "story" that they went to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there was no City business involved.

Why did the Mayor expense the hotel to the City?

















Who paid for the tickets to the induction ceremony?
Where are the expenses for food?

McGee didn't even get his fairytale factually correct, just spin, spin, spin. 

Nice job PNJ.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mayor's Attorney McGee Creates New Problems Answering the First Problems

The Mayor's attorney provided the PNJ with check copies of the Mayor reimbursing Jerry Pate for a trip to Miami so that Jerry Pate (Republican) could pimp the Mayor (Nonpartisan but Republican) to Jeb Bush (Republican).  They took the wives.  It was over the weekend.   They stayed at the Biltmore.  $349 per night.  Evidently they don't eat.

By the way, what the paper doesn't say and the lawyer doesn't say is that the Mayor expensed the boondoggle to the Citizens on his expense report.

$1,100 for the Mayor to shack up at the Biltmore and meet the former Gov.

Based on the below receipts here are the new questions:
  • Since the lawyer stated it wasn't business is it theft of over $1,000 for the Mayor to expense it to the City for reimbursement.
  • No food? No other expenses?  Just car, room, air?  This is a Mayor who charges mileage from City Hall to the Association of Realtors across the street and his Starbucks every morning out of town.  Where's the food receipts?
  • The Biltmore bill is for one night.  Where did he stay the second night? Who paid?
  • Why are there 2 airfare bills?  One paid on the Mayor's Amex and another paid by Jerry Pate.  He expensed the higher one on his personal Amex to the City but reimbursed the lower one to Jerry Pate.  Did he get a refund for the higher one but charge the City anyway? Fraud? 
Pate-Miami

The PNJ is now just printing the information it is shuffled by the Mayor's attorney without looking at the facts.  Rob Johnson has all the invoices and documents but hasn't done the research.  He will print what he is shoveled. 

John Asmar: Read this; A reader posted a note for you

18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
 
John Asmar quote:

“I have documents, emails, text messages and video tapes that document a pattern of unlawful behavior in the Office of the Mayor and show a total disregard for Florida law, the city charter and city policies,” he said.

http://inweekly.net/wordpress/?p=15892

Friday, September 19, 2014

Subpoenaed Documents: Jerry Pate

I reviewed the 611 pages of documentation related to Jerry Pate submitted by the City in response to the Federal subpoena.

Here's the biggest takeaways:
  • Admiral Mason - No bid
  • Bayfront Parkway - One quote - JPD
  • Main Street - Bid but Jerry Pate not lowest and overridden by Mayor
  • Main Street Spring and Reus - No bid
  • Main Street Spring and Baylen- No bid
Since when did no bid contracts to friends become acceptable in the City of Pensacola?

Here are a few more questions:
  • How can work be done months in the past without a valid contract and purchase order?  Much of the documents are discussing contractual T&Cs months after the work was done.
  • Where are the emails asking Jerry Pate to become involved?  NONE
  • Why ask for bids from other vendors if you don't care what they bid because you are going with Pate anyway?
Documents that I found telling that Outzen likely won't publish:

Emails Outzen Didn't Post
  • Page 1 - Messer asks "Why do we need an owner's representative?"  Maiberger responds "That is a question for Mr. Asmar."  Of course it is
  • Page 2 - Maiberger lets the bidders know the MAYOR determined that Jerry Pate Design is the best choice for this contract.  Of course he is.
  • Page 3 - Hatch Mott wants to see the bids.  Maiberger provides the bids with the quote "The Mayor has the authority to award to the company he deems to be in the best interest of the City."  Of course Jerry Pate is in the City's best interest.
  • Page 4 - Maiberger emails ASMAR not the Mayor to ask if he should proceed to contract with Jerry Pate Design for Bayfront Parkway based on one quote.  Of course he should.
  • Page 5 - Asmar responds " I don't think we have to get three quotes?  Small amount, don't you agree? but we need a contract before payment.  Really?  $10,000 is a small amount in Pensacola? So John, did Maiberger ever DISAGREE with you?  He likes his job.
  • Page 6 - Maiberger, Owens and Cosson have no idea what Pate is being paid for or not.  Cosson says Dana has assisted but doesn't know if he is being compensated.  Maiberger knows he worked on Admiral Mason but not if he has been paid and Owens "believes" Pate was paid for Admiral Mason but defers to Garza.  Who's in charge, Who's on first? Admiral Mason has been done for 3 months at this point.
  • Page 7 - Pate is running out of money and has to pull in the big dog ASMAR to refill his no-bid coffers. Are you sure that the Mayor and the Chairman asked for you to continue? 
  • Page 8 Mayor approves, Asmar approves.  Reynolds apologizes for not jumping to handle the payment of the Mayor's no-bid contracts.
Emails Outzen Didn't Post

John Asmar was just as deep in every aspect of each area the Feds requested information on as the Mayor and Asmar says he has the documents that prove illegal actions. 

John Asmar quote:

“I have documents, emails, text messages and video tapes that document a pattern of unlawful behavior in the Office of the Mayor and show a total disregard for Florida law, the city charter and city policies,” he said.

http://inweekly.net/wordpress/?p=15892

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Private Citizen" Asmar wouldn't give up his evidence


From: Eric D. Stevenson <eric@davidleesellers.com>
Date: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Subject: RE: Issues Regarding City of Pensacola Investigation
To: Maren DeWeese <jklmn246@gmail.com>, "Jasmar@asmarlawfirm.com" <Jasmar@asmarlawfirm.com>
Cc: "Gmarcille@sa01.org" <Gmarcille@sa01.org>
Ms. Deweese,

As relates to your request, and to the extent the request was directed at Mr. Asmar, any records he may have were obtained by him as a private citizen.

Eric

Eric D. Stevenson
919 N. 12th Avenue
Pensacola, FL  32501
Phone:  (850) 444-0000
Fax:  (850) 434-1188
www.mypensacolaattorney.com
 

The material contained herein is privileged attorney/client communication and/or attorney work product.  All recipients are expected to respect these legal privileges and not to disclose the information contained herein to any person or entity not entitled to receive this.  If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copy of this communication is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify us by telephone.  Thank you.

From: Maren DeWeese [mailto:jklmn246@gmail.com]
Sent: July 11, 2013 2:03 PM
To:
Jasmar@asmarlawfirm.com; Eric D. Stevenson
Cc:
Gmarcille@sa01.org
Subject: Re: Issues Regarding City of Pensacola Investigation

Mr. Stevenson:

I have received no response from you or your client regarding my request to review the public records noted below in your possession.  Please contact me by the close of business tomorrow Friday July 12, 2013 to arrange a time for the review at this email address or by phone at (850) 316-7671.  If I have not been contacted by that time I will be contacting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday regarding this request and the continued failure of Mr. Asmar to provide the responses to the previous 4 public records requests surrounding the use of his jasmar@asmarlawfirm.com email account for City of Pensacola business.

As Mr. Marcille stated previously, “While it is not a violation to use private e-mail accounts, those records must be maintained inaccordance with public records law. This office has previously discouraged the use of private e-mail accounts by governmental agencies.”

Mr. Marcille has been made aware of this allegation against Mr. Asmar and has another pending allegation of which I am aware, yet he has failed to even respond to my complaint. I believe your client's refusal to provide these documents is intentional which would not make his refusal subject to one of Mr. Marcille's "traffic ticket" charges.

Regards,

Maren


On Sat, Jul 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM, Maren DeWeese <jklmn246@gmail.com> wrote:

Thank you for copying me on your email.

Pursuant to Florida public records law ( Statute 119) I would like to make a public records request for any and all documents, emails, text messages, videos or other communications mentioned in Mr. Asmars statements regarding Mayor Hayward and his administration as quoted by the Independent News in this weeks publication.

I would also like to point out that this request is in addition to the numerous public records requests that are still , to date, unfilled by Mr. Asmar.  I would like to inspect these documents at your earliest convenience and determine at that time what documents require duplication.

I look forward to your timely response.

Respectfully,

Maren DeWeese


On Friday, July 5, 2013, Greg Marcille <
gmarcille@sa01.org> wrote:
> You as well as your client, John Asmar, are authorized to release any information regarding the City of Pensacola that you believe to be appropriate.  At this time, we have concluded our investigation and are proceeding against both Derek Cosson and Bill Reynolds for non-criminal violations of the Florida Public Records Law.
>
> Gregory A. Marcille
> Chief Assistant State Attorney
>
850-595-4761

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Generous Mayor pays over twice appraised value for Hallmark Elementary

I recently blogged about 349 LLC. 

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2014/08/introducing-349-llc.html

349 LLC is a company owned by Matthew Pair, the Mayor's partner in Pair & Hayward, the Mayor, Fred Levin and Fred Vigodsky that was organized for the purpose of developing an assisted living facility in the old Hallmark Elementary building.

When I made the post, school board member Jeff Bergosh posted:

Hello Maren your information is interesting and mostly correct-however-we did an appraisal on Hallmark and received back a valuation in August of 2012 of less than $500K; The great recession gutted the value of many commercial properties in our area and Hallmark did not escape that fate either. essentially we sold that property for more than double the last appraised value. That appraisal, while seemingly low, was what we were given as the value so we felt that $1 Million was a great price! Jeff Bergosh

So let me understand this:
  • A 2007 appraisal was $ 1,900,000
  • The 2012 appraisal was for less than $500,000
  • The Escambia Property appraiser had a value of $1,525,604
  • The Mayor's group offered $1,000,000 twice the appraised value.
Ummm.   Records request required.

What did I find in the 2012 appraisal:
  • Done by Gene Presley
  • Appraised value of $425,000 as is.
  • All comps were for land only.
  • 5.09 acres with building of 39,112 square feet
  • The appraiser concluded the possibilities for the property were:
    • light assembly and fabrication operation
    • multi-family development
    • a place of worship
    • an educational institution
    • a public park
  • The appraiser concluded the maximally productive use was light assembly and fabrication operation
  • The appraiser stated:
"Of all the scenarios that were examined, the only three feasible uses were determined to be 1) demolition of the existing improvements for redevelopment of the land with commercial use 2) use of the existing property as a house of worship and 3) use of the property as is by the ECSB as storage space."

"Considering all of the available information as outlined above, it appears that the highest and best use of the subject property, as improved, is for the demolition of the existing improvements for redevelopment of the land with commercial use."

$425,000...and the Mayor's group paid $1,000,000.
Does that sound like a good deal for the Mayor?   We shall see!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

John Asmar Quote to INWeekly

John Asmar quote:

“I have documents, emails, text messages and video tapes that document a pattern of unlawful behavior in the Office of the Mayor and show a total disregard for Florida law, the city charter and city policies,” he said.

http://inweekly.net/wordpress/?p=15892

I wonder if anyone ever followed up on this.  Sounds like someone has some evidence.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Funny: UNIndependent Weekly

The watchdog keeps peddling his wares.

Buy an ad and you ARE news!

Check out the banner and then the "news article"

Rick, are YOU now a marketing solution full of advertorials?



 
 



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Updated: Look who is sitting around the Campfire!

I recently blogged about Campfire LLC.  A new company formed by Teflon Derek Cosson and Mayoral photographer Laura Bogan, a contractor to the City.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2014/07/derek-cosson-city-itweb-guy-and-laura.html

The questions I asked then were:

Who approved this "relationship"?
Were the proper forms required filled out and approved?
What projects are Campfire LLC going to take on?
Does the Mayor's office have any say so over Campfire LLC activities?

The City's HR manual prescribes specific steps in approving outside business activities.

See Page 99 of the HR-Manual

Can Don Suarez go into business with a plumbing contractor to the City?
Can Chief Simmons open a security guard business with Bosso Uniforms?
Can Amy Miller open a tug boat company with the Pates?
Can Paul Jones open an IT consulting business with CollectorSolutions?
Can Tricky Dick Barker open an accounting practice with Dave Penzone?
Can Derik Owens open a sidewalk company with Roads, Inc.
Of course nothing happened!

Well it appears that Campfire is progressing and has added a new flunky, Drew (Let me blogspin on every site for the Mayor) Buchanan.  I will be sharing some of the Buchanan spew I have received on this blog anytime I criticize his mancrush!



http://startyourcampfire.com/about-us/

This Mayoral Groupie Group is sure to be in high demand!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You are on Notice Boys! Quarter ends on Sept 30

QUARTERLY GIFT DISCLOSURE BY REPORTING INDIVIDUALS

All persons required to file financial disclosure and State procurement employees must file a Form 9, Quarterly Gift Disclosure, with the Commission on Ethics on the last day of a calendar quarter for the previous calendar quarter during which a gift worth over $100 was received. Gifts from relatives, gifts prohibited from being accepted, and gifts otherwise required to be disclosed elsewhere are not reported on Form 9. All other gifts worth over $100 must be reported. The form need not be filed if no such gift was received during the calendar quarter.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How Apathetic Can Our City and Press Be?

In an article this week in the PNJ were the following statements made by the reporter.

"As reported, among documents that the Hayward camp wants to explain to investigators are copies of canceled checks that he hopes will prove the reimbursement for travel expenses originally paid on his behalf by long-time friend Jerry Pate."

Then the article continues:

"Hayward has acknowledged that he awarded city contracts to Pate’s landscape design company without competitive bidding, but he has asserted that no wrongdoing occurred."

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2014/09/06/probe-pensacola-mayor-continues/15211625/

Ask yourself the following questions:
  1. Is giving no bid contracts to your "long-time friend" good government?
  2. Is giving no bid contracts to your "long-time friend" good use of taxpayer resources?
  3. Is giving no bid contracts to your "long-time friend" legal in Florida anywhere but here?
  4. Is giving no bid contracts to your "long-time friend" what we promised in the Charter debate?
  5. Didn't No Boss Mayor say this would happen?
  6. Didn't Wilson Robertson get lambasted for helping a supporter just get a job?
  7. What is the definition of Good Ole Boy politics if not no bid contracts for friends?
  8. Charter Mama Crystal Spencer... where is your objections?
  9. City Council where is your objections?
  10. Is anyone in Pensacola at all concerned about no bid contracts for friends?
And with the MAYOR of the CITY of PENSACOLA admitting in the press that he gave city contracts to Pate’s landscape design company without competitive bidding, how can the PNJ and the InWeekly sit back and let it happen without even as much as an editorial comment?

Bueller, Bueller, Bueller

VT Aerospace welcome to Pensacola where contracts are handed out to friends and taxpayer dollars are squandered to line the pockets of supporters!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Funny: Spencer covers his....

This week I detailed the possible campaign finance violations by the Brian Spencer for Emperor campaign.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2014/09/possible-spencer-campaign-finance.html

I speculated as to whether Spencer would be arrested for his possible violations like Powell was when he had issues.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2014/09/will-brian-spencer-be-arrested-like.html

Well it appears Spencer heeded by concerns and on the very same day filed an "amended report" with the Supervisor of Elections stating an in-kind donation of signs and banners of $257.50.

http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/wscand/pdf_escambia/e17c469_P6_dhc5080sdc374.pdf

An issue remains, in 2010, when Spencer purchased his yard signs, he reported the cost of the lamp post yard signs at $ 1,320 which is way above what he stated the in-kind value of the signs was.

http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/wscand/pdf_escambia/e12c349_G3_dhc3232sdc224.pdf

In addition to the yard signs, the 2010 report reflects banner and large signs such as the ones hanging on his building at 200 Government Street were an additional $1,396.66.

Yard Signs   $ 1,320.00
Banners        $ 1,396.66
Total             $ 2,716.66

Spencer reported value    $ 257.50

Questions

Has Spencer now SUBSTANTIALLY UNDERREPORTED the value of his donations?

Does this rise to a level where "authorities" should open an investigation of campaign finance violations?

Has the disclosure on each of the donated signs been changed to reflect that the sign is an in-kind contribution NOT a Paid Political Advertisement?  I don't think so from the signs I have revisited.

My math skills appear to show a $2,459.16 underreporting?

Why does Spencer get a free pass when Powell did not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zyjLyBp64

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Ricky Outzen Whines to Sheriff. DicksBlog Revealed.

Back in April, poor little Ricky Outzen was being picked on by some cyber-bully who ran a blog called Dicksblog.biz.  Dicksblog was brutal to many opposed to the Mayor.  City Council, Outzen, and Asmar to name but a few.

So what does little Ricky do?  He calls the Sheriff to do a criminal investigation.

 Outzen-Complaint

You see... private Citizens like Outzen don't have subpoena power.  For that you need to use the Sheriff's office to get that subpoena power to compel companies to release data regarding IP ownership.

The Sheriff's investigator notes in the report that Dicksblog was "derogatory towards victim Outzen". 

Has Outzen ever posted items derogatory about others??

So the Escambia County Sheriff's Office uses their power and resources to issue subpoenas for the IP address owner from 2 companies.

What does the Sheriff find?  That Dicksblog.biz had an IP address owned by:

Wait for it.  Wait for it. 

Derek Cosson.   Anyone shocked? 

The Sheriffs office met with the SAO in July to review the case.

The SAO "declined to prosecute". 

Poor Rick! You just can't get anyone to do anything about that wascally wabbit.

Time to get your Advertisers involved!!!  They might catch that wabbit!!!

Teflon Cosson strikes again! 







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Possible Spencer Campaign Finance Violations

The other day I was driving around downtown when I noticed numerous Brian Spencer campaign signs and even two banners hanging on his building at 200 Government Street.  I/m sure you have seen them.














Do you remember his "lamp post" campaign from last time around that inspired him to run for office?

Well a few weeks later I was driving around when I noticed the following signs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
New signs?  Here is the possible campaign finance violation.  It is fine for Spencer to contribute his yard signs from prior campaigns to his current campaign.  But my understanding is he must reflect a campaign contribution for the IN KIND contribution from himself AND the disclosure on each sign MUST state:

"Paid political advertisement paid for by in-kind by (name) Approved by (name of person, party affiliation, and office sought in the political advertisement)"

Here-Is-A-Link-To-the-2014.Candidate-and-Campaign-Treasurer-Handbook.pdf

Possible Violations
  1. None of his In-Kind recycled signs have this disclaimer (I counted at least 30 possible violations).

  2. He has not reported the In Kind contribution in his last several finance reports. Spencer Reports

  3. All of his campaign reports since distributing the In Kind signs have been inaccurate.

All of the old school politicians knew of this rule and handled there reporting correctly.
Mayor Wiggins

PC Wu

Mike Desorbo

Will Spencer be afforded the opportunity to correct the error like Powell was?
 

Let's see how this will be handled by Julius Spencer.


 
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Will Brian Spencer Be Arrested Like Powell??

Escambia Sheriff Candidate John Powell Arrested On Campaign Violation Charge


July 31, 2012

John Russell Powell, candidate for Escambia County Sheriff, was arrested Monday night and booked into the county jail on a charge related to an elections law violation.

Powell, according to the Sheriff’s Office, was booked on a direct file capias issued by the State Attorney’s Office following grand jury proceedings that lasted most of the day Monday. Powell was indicted on one misdemeanor charge related to  accepting cash contributions in excess of $50 and was released on his own recognizance. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning.

State law limits cash contributions to $50 per person.

____________________________

Spencer's potential offense to follow!!