Patrick Murphy Raises $500,000 With Help From Chip LaMarca’s Campaign Treasurer & The Real Housewives Of Miami?!?

Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Right Away, Ms. Wasserman Schultz) raised more than $500,000 in the last quarter with a big assist from Broward Commissoner Chip LaMarca’s new campaign treasurer and one of The Real Housewives Of Miami. Yesterday, we reported that Lauderdale Air Show chief and Beach Developer Dev Motwani is LaMarca’s new campaign treasurer. Last month, Motwani threw a big 30th Birthday Party/fundraiserfor Murphy at the Leiser Opera Center in Fort Lauderdale. It was one of four birthday fundraisers for Murphy, the guy who barely beat Congressman Allen West (R-Republican). Even the National Republican Congressional Committee took time to mock the Murphy; “Instead of fighting for constituents, Patrick “Playboy of Jupiter” Murphy is bringing his drunk and disorderly ways to the United States Capitol to raise money for his campaign.”

Last election cycle, Motwani gave Murphy more than $5,000. In March, Motwani gave him another $5,200. Other big Murphy donors include Fisher Island birthday party hosts Ibrahim and Morgan Al-Rashid who gave a total of $10,400. Salaman Nasser Al-Rashid, a New York investor, gave $5,200. The liberal fundraising group ActBlue pitched in a measly $61, 475.96.

Mohammad Al-Rashid, a profilic donor to Democrats, gave Murphy $5,200. In the last election cycle, Mohammad Al-Rashid gave big bucks to Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Out Of Touch), Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Gold Faucets), the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, and Fox News nemesis, Congressman Ralph Ellison of Minnesota.

Sorry Chip, these guys don’t seem to be big Republicans.

Perhaps LaMarca was hoping to catch some buzz off the Real Housewives of Miami or a spot on Andy Cohen’s BRAVO talk show?  Real Miami housewife Lea Black, wife of prominent attorney Roy Black, gave Murphy a contribution last month.

Let’s hope LaMarca doesn’t keep Motwani too busy because Murphy is going to need all the help he can get. Considered to be very vulnerable by Democrat insiders, Murphy is sure to get lots of challengers. The first one, Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel, joined the fray today. The Palm Beach Post reports others may join including Adam Hasner, a favorite among Broward Republicans. In 2012 Hasner waged a tough race against Lois Frankel for the CD 22 seat. Oddly enough, Chip LaMarca briefly considered challenging Hasner for the Republican nomination.

Oh, Chip. There you go again.

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Chip LaMarca’s New Campaign Treasurer? The Democrat Developer Who Threw Patrick Murphy A Birthday Party

In campaign papers filed late last week, Chip LaMarca (R-Hahahaha) announced one of his campaign treasurers is a Democrat developer who just hosted a birthday fundraiser for Congressman Patrick Murphy. You know Murphy, right? He’s the political newcomer handpicked by Debbie Wasserman Schultz to take on Congressman Allen West. Murphy barely, we mean barely, beat West last November. The March 2013 birthday bash was hosted by ActBlue, a giant liberal fundraising group and LaMarca’s treasurer,Dev Motwani.

Mr. Motwani, a Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel developer, is trying to revitalize the aging Las Olas Riverfront development. Federal campaigns records show Dev Motwani gave more than $5,000 to Patrick Murphy. Motwani gave another Democrat, Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, $1,500 for her US Congressional bid. He gave Jacobs’ opponent, Lois Frankel, another Democrat, $1,500 too. Motwani gave local Democrats Mike Satz and Jared Moskowitz $500 each. Not exactly favorites in Broward Republican households.

Why would LaMarca tap a big Democrat donor for such an important campaign post? Could it have less to do with ideology than money?

This move comes on the heels of LaMarca’s decision to approve a $16,700 taxpayer bailout of a mysterious local group with close ties to Broward Commissioner Dale Holness. Stacy Ritter labeled the handout as “pork”.

Hmm, LaMarca supports developers, Democrats and liberal social agencies. When is he going to support rank-and-file Broward taxpayers? You know, the little guys.

 

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Does Dale Holness’ “Pork” Project Benefit Holness Campaign Donors?

The $15,000 handout from Broward taxpayers to a Mirmar non-profit appears to be good news for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness (D-Can I Join Your Board) and his campaign donors. Last week, the Broward County Commission voted 8-0 to give the Community Access Center, Inc. $15,000 to help celebrate Haitian Cultural Heritage Month. The Commission will chip in $1,700 worth of printing and postage. Sue Gunzburger had the common sense to be in the ladies room when the vote was taken.

Red Broward reported Commissioner Holness is the vice president of the Miramar-based Community Access Center, Inc. (CACFL). The CAC looks to be a conduit for costly government social programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, free HIV testing, free pregnancy tests and services, voter registration, and immigration services. For some reason, the Commission’s only Republican, Chip LaMarca (R-Hahahaha) voted in favor of this item which Stacy Ritter (D-Bon Apetit) called “pork”.

Last week, the CAC website was a bare-bones deal with very little information. This week, they added a link to buy tickets to their “Women’s Empowerment 2013″ event on May 18, 2013 at Memorial Hospital. Tickets are just $22.09. Is that why they needed $16,700 from Broward taxpayers? For a continental breakfast at a hospital auditorium seminar? The event claims it will “unleash the potential of emerging Haitian women leaders, and to create opportunities for more effective and successful careers and lives.” According to its Federal tax records, the CAC ain’t creating much of anything except rent payments for the landlord.

The 2011 Form 990-EZ, shows the CAC  had $30,358 worth of revenues. Great, the County Commission just gave them half of their normal take. Way to go, Chip. The CAC claimed $29,711 worth of expenses. Professional fees and payments to independent contractors amounted to $1,165. Printing and postage costs came to $2,610. “Other” expenses were listed as $5,624. But the CAC’s biggest expense was rent, utilities and maintenance which came to $20,312.

The CAC says its headquarters are located at 8910 Miramar Parkway Suite 208 in beautiful downtown Miramar. Records over at the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office show the building at 8910 Miramar Parkway is owned by Palm Lakes II Associates, Inc. The State of Florida says the President of Palm Lakes II Associates is Jesse Dalen. Mr. Dalen is associated with other businesses including K.M. Buschbaum, Glendale Properties and Investments, Inc., Suriname Investment Group, Inc., and Prime Time Real Estate. Guess who gave big fat $500 checks to Dale Holness’ political campaigns?

On May 29,2008 the Holness campaign received $500 checks from Glendale Properties, K.M. & Buschbaum and Jesse Dalen. On June 18, 2012 the Holness campaign received $500 checks from Prime Time Real Estate, Suriname Investment Group and Palm Lakes I Associates.

Dale Holness likes to give almost as much as he receives…on June 27, 2012 he gave $500 to CAC to sponsor one of their events.

Holness promised the Commision a budget would be submitted by the CAC. Let’s hope so. Perhaps the Commissioners would be wise to ask how much the CAC pays in rent? According to their tax filings, the CAC didn’t spend much on their programs. Under program expenses, the CAC listed $65 for mental heath counseling, $235 for legal services and $2,005 for translation services.

Maybe Chip LaMarca can use their translation skills when he tries to explain his role in this boondoggle to Republican voters?