In 2018, Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum made two large payments to a company owned by the daughter of then Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness but listed the address of an Oklahoma company with a similar sounding name, election records show. Gillum, the former Mayor of Tallahassee, lost to the race to Ron DeSantis. Dale Holness played a vital role in the Gillum campaign in Broward.
Dale Holness’ real estate office in Plantation was transformed into Gillum campaign headquarters. As REDBROWARD previously reported, Holness and daughter Damara Holness filmed campaign videos for Gillum inside the office. Project Veritas even recorded undercover video of Holness campaign guru Omar Smith working inside the office. And REDBROWARD spoke with Smith during a Gillum campaign rally in the parking lot of Holness’ office.
Damara wasn’t the only Holness daughter involved in the Gillum campaign. According to State of Florida elections records, the Gillum campaign made two payments to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. State corporate records show the company was formed in January 2018 by Richelle Holness.
On November 2, 2018, the Gillum campaign made a $37,000 payment to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. Then, on December 7, 2018, Gillum made a $120,500 payment to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. Both payments were made for “research” by the company.
State of Florida records show All Consulting And Marketing Inc is based in Wellington, Florida. However, the Gillum campaign reports claim All Consulting and Marketing Inc is located at “1718 South Cheyenne” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“ABSOLUTELY ISN’T ME OR MY FIRM”
There is a company located at 1718 South Cheyenne Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ALL Consulting performs environmental engineering work and consulting. And it is not owned by Richelle Holness.
REDBROWARD spoke with ALL Consulting founder and CEO Dan Arthur. When asked if his company performed any work for Andrew Gillum, Arthur said, “It absolutely isn’t me or my firm.” Arthur said his firm never performed research for any Florida candidate.
So how did $157,500 payment to a firm owned by Richelle Holness get the address of an Oklahoma engineering firm?
As REDBROWARD reported yesterday, the use of wrong addresses seems to plague companies and political committees tied to TEAM HOLNESS.
What kind of “research” did Rochelle Holness perform for Andrew Gillum.
What kind of “research” is worth $157,500?
Andrew Gillum. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. The Democratic Executive Committee of Florida. Why are these candidates and organizations paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to entities tied to Dale Holness?
What magic does Dale Holness claim to perform during Broward elections? Why didn’t this magic work for his bid for U.S. Congress?
Stop us if this sounds familiar. A shady political action committee (PAC), started by operatives of Congressional candidate Dale Holness, paid big bucks to companies tied to Dale Holness operatives. Federal records show Kayla Butler, a Palm Beach yoga instructor, formed the “Prosperity For All People” political committee in October 2019. While paperwork for the committee claimed the committee was located at a Boca Raton Pak Mail store, a scan of the envelope lists its address as 4325 West Sunrise Blvd in Plantation.
This is the address of Dale Holness’ All Broward Realty company as well as the address of his campaign office.
Before it’s “administrative termination” by the Federal Elections Commission in February 2021, Prosperity For All People raised $24,000 from seventeen contributions.
Prosperity For All People’s only expenditure came nine months later. The committee reported a $15,000 payment to All Priority Consulting, Inc. located at The UPS Store on University Drive in Lauderhill.
According to State Corporation records, All Priority Consulting, Inc. was formed in July 2020 by Karlisle Williamson Jr.
While its latest filing with the State of Florida uses the same Lauderhill UPS Store as its address, when first formed, All Priority Consulting used a different location.
Paperwork filed in July 2020 states All Priority Consulting was located at 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth, Florida.
TEAM HOLNESS: STRONGER TOGETHER?
REDBROWARD previously reported on Kayla Butler’s role in forming political committees tied to Dale Holness. On July 20, 2020, Butler, a paid intern on Dale Holness 2016 Broward Commission campaign, filed paperwork forming the Stronger Together Florida political with the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. According to the documents, the political committee is located at home on Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth, Florida. The telephone number for the committee is (754) 444-6117.
The telephone number for Stronger Together Florida is also found in State records regarding third party groups conducting voter registrations. The number is listed for “All Consulting And Marketing, Inc.” which conducted voter registration drives at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation since May, 2019.
Once again, this is the same address for All Broward Realty, Inc, a real estate company owned by Dale Holness.
According to the State third party voter registration records and State corporate records, All Consulting And Marketing Inc. is owned by Richelle Holness, the daughter of Broward Mayor Dale Holness.
State license records show Richelle Holness is a licensed real estate agent at All Broward Realty.
Last year, REDBROWARD called Richelle Holness to ask about her ties to these political committees.
After confirming she was Richelle Holness, she said, “You know you’re calling Richelle. I don’t know why you’re calling me.” After advising Holness that her telephone number was listed in the documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections, we asked what was the purpose of the PAC. Holness said, “You can look it up on FEC [Federal Elections Committee] or whatever.”
When asked if she knew Kayla Butler, Holness said, “Thank you for your time, goodbye” and hung up.
OMAR SMITH & THE LADY ON BARNSTEAD CIRCLE
REDBROWARD later revealed that the house at 5523 Barnstead Circle was the home of Dale Holness’ ex-wife, Ann. Within hours of the publication of our story, Omar Smith called REDBROWARD. Smith begged us to removed Holness’ ex-wife name from the story. He claimed she played no role in politics. While speaking to Smith, a angry female voice could be heard yelling at him.
ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT & SHERIFF GREGORY TONY
In addition to Butler’s Prosperity For All People, All Priority Consulting received money from other political committees involved in Broward elections. REDBROWARD exposed how funds from a committee supporting Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony were funneled to Holness operatives. Broward First was a political committee supporting Tony’s election in 2020.
In the weeks surrounding the August 2020 primary, the Parkland-based Broward First political committee sent $36,750 to two different political committees in Fort Lauderdale. On July 27, 2020 Broward First made a $16,000 contribution to the Young Professionals For Florida political committee. On August 25, 2020 Broward First made a $20,750 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.
On July 27, 2020, Young Professionals For Florida made a $16,000 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.
On that very day, Karlisle Williamson Jr. created All Priority Consulting, Inc., State corporation records show.
Less than a month later, the South Florida Accountability Project paid $15,000 to All Priority Consulting.
On August 12, 2020 the money was refunded to the political committee. It was repaid to All Priority Consulting on August 13, 2020.
On September 2, 2020, the South Florida Accountability Project paid $20,000 to A Star For I, Inc. As REDBROWARD reported on numerous occasions. A Star For I, Inc. is owned and operated by Dale Holness campaign guru Omar M. Smith.
Last week, Federal prosecutors charged Omar Smith with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Smith received a $215,500 PPP loan for his A Star For I company.
One shady political committee based at Dale Holness’ real estate office. Another PAC based at his ex-wife’s home. And, a political consulting company located at the ex-wife’s home as well. Huge paydays for Omar Smith.
Earlier this week, REDBROWARD revealed All Consulting Broward, a company owned by Richelle Holness, was paid $350,000 in 2020 for GOTV consulting by the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida.
Why was so much money money being paid to operatives and companies tied to Dale Holness during the election of 2020?
Two weeks ago, REDBROWARD exposed the sordid history of Florida Justice Center (FLJC) founder Jonathan Bleiweiss. Last week, Tamarac residents urged Vice Mayor Elberg Mike Gelin to cancel a sealing and expungement event at the Tamarac Community Center because of the FLCJ. Instead, Gelin was all smiles when he stood shoulder to shoulder with Bleiweiss on Saturdayin a photograph Gelin posted on his social media.
As REDBROWARD reported, Jonathan Bleiweiss joined the Broward Sheriffs Office (BSO) in 2002. According to the Sun-Sentinel, reports of Bleiweiss’ misconduct began in August 2008. “Bleiweiss’ picture was posted in an Oakland Park soup kitchen, with a warning to stay away from him. The Sheriff’s Office removed him from road patrol in July 2009.” Bleiweiss was arrested in August 2009 after twenty men accused Bleweiss of sexual misconduct. Most of the men were illegal immigrants. Bleiweiss “faced more than 70 charges, many accusing him of sexual battery,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The New Times detailed the case against Jonathan Bleiweiss. “Bleiweiss preyed upon illegal immigrants, asking them to show identification. If they didn’t have it, say investigators, Bleiweiss would offer to let them walk in exchange for sex acts. He’s accused of fondling one such immigrant in April. Another victim claims he was pulled over by Bleiweiss, who ordered the man into the back seat, then performed oral sex on him.”
In 2019, The Florida Bulldog interviewed Neva Rainford-Smith, the prosecutor who took over the Bleiweiss case in 2013. Rainford-Smith said the details were “horrific.”
“Witnesses to Bleiweiss’ activities in his Oakland Park district said he would target and stalk young men who were especially vulnerable because they knew they could be deported. Then he would pounce, force them to give him sexual gratification, walk away and repeat the offense over and over again. Some of his victims attended the same church, Rainford-Smith said. ‘The priest would warn them to be aware of this police officer. They all knew to run when they saw him coming.’”
In February 2015, Jonathan Bleiweiss accepted a plea deal from the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Bleiweiss “pleaded guilty to 14 counts of armed false imprisonment, 15 counts of battery and four counts of stalking. He will also serve 10 years of probation and have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation, Broward Circuit Judge Michael Robinson ordered.” As part of the plea deal, Bleiweiss did not have to register as a sexual offender. The move drew a strong rebuke from then Broward Public Defender “Help Me” Howard Finklestein.
“Finkelstein, whose office defends the indigent but didn’t handle Bleiweiss’ case, said he ‘was scratching his head’ when he learned Bleiweiss avoided ‘sex offender’ status, an outcome he called ‘shocking and shameful to the whole county.’”
In the same 2019 Florida Bulldog article, Help Me Howard questioned the quality of Bleiweiss’ Florida Justice Center.
“It sounds like ‘I’ve got a website, send me money and I’ll spend it,’” Finklestein said. “I have no idea what he’s bringing to the table that he wants money for…I’m not aware that he has a stellar reputation in the legal community, that you would think he’d have the right contacts to match defendants with lawyers.”
“He’s a bad cop who should have nothing to do with justice,” Finkelstein said.
Jonathan Bleiweiss told the Florida Bulldog, “he accepted a deal to avoid trial even though he knew he was innocent, and took a plea that doesn’t admit guilt.”
“I wouldn’t admit to something that I never did,” Bleiweiss said. “I’ve always believed in doing what’s right and I’m trying to keep pursuing that.”
Then, just three months ago, Jonathan Bleiweiss was arrested for violating the terms of his probation. His parole officer reported that Bleiweiss failed to complete his required sex offender treatment program.
Despite all this information, Elberg Mike Gelin did nothing to keep Jonathan Bleiweiss away from Tamarac residents.
Gelin gained notoriety in 2019 when he interrupted a commission awards ceremony for BSO Deputy Joshua Gallardo. Gelin recognized Gallardo as the man who arrested him in 2015. Gelin called Gallardo a “bad cop,” a “rogue police officer and accused Gallardo of lying on police report.
So why is Gelin snapping pics with a guy like Bleiweiss in a city building?
Doesn’t Gelin care about the hispanic men victimized by Bleiweiss?
Gelin regularly attacks fellow Commissioner Elvin Villalobos, a Hispanic male.
Or does Gelin only care about “rogue” BSO deputies that arrest him?