Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Gave Another $20K In September To PAC Tied To Her Republican-Friendly Campaign Advisor

A company owned by Democrat Congressional candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick gave more than $20,000 to a Florida political committee tied to her Republican-friendly campaign advisor, records show. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed the Leadership In Action political committee received more than $143,000 from SCM Consulting Group LLC.

LEADERSHIP IN ACTION?

According to State records, on March 12,2021 Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick formed SCM Consulting Group LLC. Cherfilus-McCormick used her parents’ Miramar address as the business address for SCM Consulting Group LLC. Two months later, SCM Consulting Group began making large contributions to the Leadership In Action political committee.

The address for Leadership In Action is the same Cooper City address used by controversial political consultant Mark Goodrich. According to published reports, Mark Goodrich is no stranger to controversial electioneering tactics and Republican candidates.

In 2005, Florida Governor Jeb Bush took legal action to keep the Americans For Jeb Bush political committee from using his name and likeness to raise money. The Tampa Bay Times reported the committee was “backed partly by Mark Goodrich, a conservative political activist and fund raiser who worked on Rick Lazio’s unsuccessful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In 2009, Mark Goodrich bragged to the Sun-Sentinel about his ability to reach out to Republican voters in Fort Lauderdale. Goodrich was the consultant for mayoral candidate Earl Rynerson.

“Earl definitely would be very favorable to the Republican Party,” Goodrich told the Sun-Sentinel. “We’re going to reach out to Republicans.” Goodrich said “that was one reason Rynerson decided to put the words ‘Lt. Colonel’ in front of his name.”

Later, Goodrich rejected calls to label the openly gay Rynerson as a “gay candidate.”

“He’s not running to be the city’s first gay mayor, his campaign manager, Mark Goodrich, said. ‘He’s not running to be the first gay anything. I could say he’s running to be the first lieutenant colonel mayor.’”

In 2015, ethical investigations swirled around worked performed by the Moving Forward PC in Homestead. Goodrich was a paid consultant for Moving Forward.

In 2016, Mark Goodrich performed “community outreach” for Miami-Dade Republican Raquel Regalado when she ran for mayor.

BIG BUCKS FROM SHEILA CHERFILUS-MCCORMICK COMPANY

In September, State of Florida election records show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick’s company paid $20,915 to Leadership In Action. Since May 3, 2021, SCM Consulting Group LLC paid $143,317.69 to the political committee.

The same records show Leadership In Action paid ten payments to Mark Goodrich in September totaling $19,000 for “consulting.” Since May 2021, Goodrich has been paid $82,000 by Leadership In Action.

When REDBROWARD asked Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick about Mark Goodrich, she admitted he was “one of many” consultants helping her campaign.

Cherfilus-McCormick was less forthcoming when asked why her brand new corporation was paying show much money to the Leadership In Action.

Cherfilus-McCormick tried to say she did not remember and would have to review her records. When asked why a CEO and lawyer couldn’t recall the details of large payments to a political committee tied to her campaign consultant, Cherfilus-McCormick claimed the payments were for “medical services canvassing” work done by Goodrich.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is a Democrat candidate for U.S. Congress District 20.

Sign Honoring Fallen Sheriff Replaced With Garish Tribute To Current Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony

A tribute to fallen Broward Sheriff Ron Cochran was replaced with a garish tribute to Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. In 1997, the new headquarters of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was named in honor of the late Ron Cochran. A large monument sign on the corner of Broward Boulevard and NW 27th Avenue marked the entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building in Fort Lauderdale. Now, the tribute to Cochran is gone.

Ron Cochran was elected Broward Sheriff in 1992. Cochran was the longtime Fort Lauderdale Police Chief. In September 1997, after a long battle with brain and lung cancer, Cochran died in office. Published reports hailed Cochran as the “modern architect” of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

While battling cancer, Cochran faced enormous pressure to resign. Former Florida Attorney General Robert Butterworth visited Cochran to deliver news that then Governor Lawton Chiles would not force him from office. Butterworth told the Sun-Sentinel, “More than anything, Ron Cochran loved being a cop. His last wish was that he be given the chance to die with his boots on.”

“Florida lost a wonderful, competent, professional law enforcement officer who I think ran a very fine department,” Governor Chiles said. “I think we also lost a great humanitarian. He believed in very strict law enforcement, but he also believed very strongly in prevention.”

Two months later, the Broward County Commission honored Ron Cochran by naming the public safety building after him. The Sun-Sentinel reported the very humble Cochran did not want such honors.

“Susan McCampbell, acting Broward County sheriff, said Cochran told her during his last days that he didn’t want his name going on any public buildings, parks , ‘not even a parking space.’”

“’He was a very humble man, that was part of his charm,’ she said. ‘That’s why it took the County Commission about 30 seconds to rename the building after him.’”

While Cochran’s name may still be on the building, the large sign on the busy intersection is no more. It’s been replaced with a digital marquee sign with an oddly painted surround. One Monday morning, the marquee read “Sheriff Gregory Tony.” The sign features the Broward County logo as well as the BSO logo.

While there’s room for Cochran’s name, only the building address remains on the sign.

Nobody would ever mistake Sheriff Gregory Tony as a humble man. Whether it’s embellishments of his football career at Florida State University, vanity podcasts or appearing on swinger websites in a Speedo, Gregory Tony is no stranger to self-promotion.

One thing Tony does not promote is the ongoing legal inquiry into his tenure at BSO. In an exclusive report last week, REDBROWARD revealed the Tony legal inquiry was moved to the office of the State Attorney of 20th Judicial Circuit in southwest Florida.

Wonder if State Attorney Amira Fox and her investigators are big fans of Gregory Tony’s self-promotion?

The only signage mentioning Ron Cochran is located near the back entrance of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex. There is no signage on the front of the main building.

Who decided to insult the legacy of Ron Cochran? How long before the sign near the back door is replaced with another bit of Gregory Tony self promotion?

New sign at BSO HQ

MSD Killer Set To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges

WSVN Channel 7 reports Parkland school massacre suspect to plead guilty on all counts.

23-year-old Nikolas Cruz will plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and all 17 counts of attempted murder in the Valentine’s Day shooting that killed 17 people and wounded more than a dozen.

The plea is for Friday in Broward Circuit Court.

UPDATE: Broward State Attorney Harold Pryor says there have been no negotiations with Cruz. Here’s his statement:

Statement from the Broward State Attorney’s Office:
We have to refer all of your questions to the defense. There have been no plea negotiations with the prosecution. If he pleads guilty, there would still be a penalty phase.

A status hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) in Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s courtroom and via Zoom.