Since 2017, national progressive groups have flooded Coral Springs politicians with campaign contributions. Normally, municipal races are funded by friends and neighbors of candidates as well as local business owners and developers. However, a review of Coral Springs campaign reports show contributions from progressive groups across the United States and Florida with very few contributions from Coral Springs residents or businesses.
In 2018, Joshua Simmons, a Broward school teacher, beat incumbent Coral Springs Commissioner Lou Cimaglia. Despite being a political novice, Simmons managed to collect nearly $32,000 in campaign contributions. Simmons received contributions from MoveOn.org, Emerge (Emgage), and Latino Victory US. Simmons had the financial support of politicians like Rep Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Broward School Board Member Rosalind Osgood, and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
None of these politicians represent the City of Coral Springs.
According to the reports, more than 75% of Josh Simmons’ campaign contributions came from outside the City of Coral Springs.
The numbers were even more stunning for the 2019 mayoral campaign of Nancy Metayer. Her campaign received numerous contributions from progressive groups like Common Voices, Alliance For A Better Community, FLIC Votes, SEIU and Ruth’s List. None of these groups are located in Coral Springs. Metayer had the support of politicians like Dale Holness, Tamarac Commissioner Mike Gelin, Sunrise Commissioner Mark Douglas, West Park Commissioner Brian Johnson and Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana.
According to Metayer’s campaign reports, only 30 contributions came from Coral Springs. Over 90% of her 304 contributions were made from people and groups from outside Coral Springs city limits.
In a stark contrast, Metayer was defeated by Scott Brook who received 53 percent of his campaign contributions from Coral Springs residents.
Coral Springs commission candidate Khurrum Wahid is showing numbers similar to Nancy Metayer. For the upcoming June 18, 2019 seat 2 election, Khurrum Wahid reported 202 total contributions. Only 21 of the contributions came from Coral Springs. Ninety percent (181) of Wahid’s contributions were made by entities outside Coral Springs.
Why are progressive groups and outside interests flooding Coral Springs elections with money? What do they want in return?