Taking a page from the Team Holness playbook, Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin (D-Bully) opened a political committee and almost immediately started violating State of Florida elections rules. State election records show Elberg Mike Gelin opened The Black Vote PC in August 2020. These records show Gelin received his first “fail to file” letter in September 2020.
Records show Gelin enlisted the help of the Haber Blank law firm of Fort Lauderdale to form the political committee. REDBROWARD just reported on Haber Blank’s involvement in funding the Nikki Fried political committee, Florida Consumers First. However, just three weeks after the creation of the Gelin committee, Haber Blank was replaced by Tamarac attorney Shaheewa Jarrett as the registered agent.
Between September 2020 and July 2021, Gelin received twenty-five “fail to file” letters from the Florida Division of Elections. In an effort to create transparency, all candidates and political committees are required to report money raised and spent on a regular basis, usually monthly. Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin repeatedly failed to make the required disclosures.
During the same time period, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin received five letters regarding reports being sent late.
In November 2020, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin was forced to pay a $100 fine for his late reporting.
In March 2021, Gelin received a letter from the State of Florida that letters were returned by the U.S. Post Office. Days later, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin provided a Sunrise address to the State of Florida.
The Black Vote PC lists no expenditures and only one contribution since its creation. In October 2020, the Gelin political committee received a $2,000 contribution from Gelin Benefits Group, Inc.
And this guy controls taxpayers money in Tamarac?
And this guy controls health insurance benefits for Broward government employees?
Will Gelin disclose future contributions raised by his political committee?
Elberg Mike Gelin is not a stickler when it comes to disclosing information to his fellow commissioners and Tamarac voters.
What will Gelin use the political committee money for? Will he use it to punish politicians that refuse to follow his “collective agenda?”
Tamarac voters deserve answers.