The Children’s Services Council Of Broward County (CSC) paid nearly $4,000 to a non-profit organization run by Broward School Board Member Rosalind Osgood. RED BROWARD obtained invoices for $3,902 paid to the Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO) since January 2013. State of Florida corporate records show Rosalind Osgood is the President and CEO of MODCO. Osgood, a Democrat, was elected to the School Board of Broward County in 2012.
According to its website, MODCO is “a faith-based Community Development Corporation whose mission is to revitalize low and moderate income communities by providing strategic programs that promote economic development, create jobs and focus on strengthening families through Public Services, Affordable Housing, and Entrepreneurial Ventures.” The website lists Osgood as its only staff member. According to its 2012 Federal Tax return, MODCO received $766,989 in contributions and grants. It appears MODCO purchased properties with public dollars from Federal, State and local sources. Financial disclosure forms filed with the State of Florida show Osgood made $142,927.00 as the president/CEO of Modco.
At the February 2014 Children’s Services Council board meeting, a $2,500 payment to MODCO was approved as part of a$115,000 media buy plan. As RED BROWARD reported last week, the CSC media buy plan included a $5,000 payment to Community Access Center for television, radio and print advertising. The non-profit organization is tied to Broward Commisoner Dale Holness. The Community Access Center is not a media company. Magaly Prezeau, president of Community Access Center, is a Democrat candidate for the Miramar City Commission.
Even though the CSC board approved the MODCO payment as part of the media buy presentation, the Children’s Services Council says it does not have a media agreement with MODCO. The February agenda lists “Collaterals Broward AWARE” as the items MODCO would provide to CSC.
The invoices show the Children’s Services Council of Broward County paid MODCO for tote bags and t-shirts. On January 13, 2013, Children’s Services Council paid $1,000 for 200 t-shirts. On May 23, 2013, CSC paid $200 for 200 tote bags. On July 11, 2013, CSC paid $202 for 200 tote bags. On October 11, 2013 CSC paid $1,000 for 440 totes.
In May and July, CSC paid $1.00 per tote for “Natural color tote/ printing in black on one side, approx 9 inches.” But in October, the price doubled to $2.25 per tote bag.
On April 16, 2014, CSC paid MODCO $1,500 for 100 t-shirts and 500 tote bags. The price per tote bag dropped to $2.00 per bag. Since January 2013, Children’s Services Council of Broward County purchased 300 t-shirts and 1,340 tote bags from MODCO.
Why did CSC buy tote bags from Osgood’s group? Why was the $2,500 payment included in the media buy presentation if there was no media agreement with MODCO? When Sandra Bernard-Bastien, CSC Chief Communications Officer, presented the media buy plan in February, were CSC board members aware of MODCO’s ties to Rosalind Osgood? Were board members aware of Community Access Center’s ties to Dale Holness?
Broward voters deserve answers from CSC president and CEO Cindy Arenberg Seltzer before November when the reauthorization of the Children’s Services Council will appear on the ballot. The CSC controls more than $55 million dollars of taxpayers’ money.