Aide To Broward Mayor Steve Geller Used Debbie Wasserman-Schultz To Secure $10K From Local Attorney

Bina Fink, an aide to Broward Mayor Steve Geller, used Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to secure a loan from a local attorney, court records show. In September 2017, Russell Thompson sued Bina Fink in Broward County Court over her failure to repay a 2016 loan in the amount of $9,981 loan to Thompson. According to the complaint, Fink told Thompson she needed a temporary loan to pay for travel expenses.

Bina Fink told Thompson she was due $10,000 for work she performed for the Democratic National Committee. The complaint states, “[Fink] said she would be receiving a check from Debbie Wasserman Schultz as payment.” Then, Bina Fink “called Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the presence of [Thompson] to confirm she would be receiving her payment.”

Thompson gave Fink the loan. In return, Fink gave Thompson a check in the same amount which he could cash the following week. When Thompson attempted to deposit check, Fink told him she did not have the money.

Two months after filing the lawsuit, Fink agreed to repay the loan over the next ten months.

Did Bina Fink really get Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the phone to discuss a $10,000? Unfortunately, Russell Thompson died suddenly in December 2018. But published reports and numerous selfies on Facebook appear to show a close relationship between Wasserman-Schultz and Fink.

In 2016, Bina Fink defended Wasserman-Schultz from attacks by Bernie Sanders supporters at the Democratic National Convention. “The party is going to realize that they’re losing somebody amazing,” Fink told NPR. “There’s really good people, but nobody like Debbie.”

SELFIE QUEEN

In July 2016, REDBROWARD warned Russell Thompson about Bina Fink’s increased role in his judicial campaign.

At the time, REDBROWARD contacted “Hollywood TV” a clickbait website dedicated to covering red carpet events for the movie and music industries. Fink repeatedly took photographs at events while holding a microphone emblazoned with “Hollywood TV.” We were unable to find any official Hollywood TV photographs or video taken by Fink. In an email to REDBROWARD, a representative stated Fink was not an employee of the outlet.

REDBROWARD confronted Fink at a Broward Republican Party meeting about her actual media/publicist credentials. Fink denied knowledge of multiple lawsuits accusing her of fraud.

Fink appears to have done little more than snap selfies with politicians at local Democrat and Republican events.

Yet, Bina Fink parlayed these shameless selfies into a paid gig as “Hispanic outreach” aide to Broward Mayor Steve Geller.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Bina Fink made local headlines last week when the Sun-Sentinel revealed she was the subject of a criminal investigation. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) investigators were looking into Fink’s relationship with Carole Porter, a recently widowed freelance journalist. While Fink snapped blurry selfies at political events, Porter is a well-known for taking high quality photographs at these same events.

According to the Sun-Sentinel:

The widow, Carol Porter, claims Fink persuaded her to hire a new money manager, a new accountant and an attorney Fink recommended. In a written statement submitted to police last July, Porter says she transferred $798,948 to the money manager Fink lined up. When she eventually grew suspicious and tried to transfer the money back, she discovered thousands of dollars missing, she said.

Porter claims she had given Fink part of the missing funds — $82,500 — to pay the new lawyer, much of it through checks made out to “cash.”

Surely, Mayor Steve Geller came to rescue of elderly widowed, right?

Wrong.

Despite knowing BSO investigators subpoenaed his aide’s financial records, Steve Geller heaped praise on Fink.

Geller, a lawyer/lobbyist told the Sun-Sentinel, ““If Bina were to be convicted of a crime, obviously I would have a completely different view. I might have a different view if there was a finding of probable cause. But I’d have to review the indictment.”

Way to go Steve Geller. Not even a “I’ll ask her some tough questions” line of defense. Nope. Geller won’t even bother to ask questions until he has a chance to review an indictment. A real profile in courage.

Former Broward Democrat Party Chairman Mitch Ceasar is no better. “I just know her from Democratic meetings, Democratic activism,” he said. “She was very good at publicizing events and was very helpful that way, in putting out to the community different things that were happening.”

Taking selfies means you are “very good at publicizing events?!?” Shame on you Mitch.

Hopefully, BSO investigators don’t fall into same trap as Thompson and Porter. Bina Fink’s selfie collection does not mean she wields any real influence or power with politicians.

Dale Holness’ Campaign Guru Mocks Concerns Over Shady Political Committee In Late Night Phone Call

HUBRIS: exaggerated pride or self-confidence

The campaign “guru” for Broward Mayor Dale Holness is laughing at concerns about endorsement cards generated by shady political committees tied to both men. On Monday, REDBROWARD revealed the latest endorsement card from the People of Principle PAC, a Federal political action committee, angered local Democrat Party leaders. While the group continued to endorse mainly black candidates, the new card endorsed several Republican candidates including one who is a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC).

Just before midnight on Monday night, Omar Smith left a voicemail for REDBROWARD.

Did OmarSmith finally explain his role with shady political committees like People of Principle, or Stronger Together Florida or A Better Florida For All?

No.

Did Omar Smith explain how candidates earned the endorsement of these committees?

No.

Did Omar Smith explain why People of Principle and Stronger Together Florida have failed to submit the legally required campaign treasurer reports?

No.

Did Omar Smith explain why Dale Holness keeps getting tied to these shady political committees?

Nope.

So what was so urgent that Omar Smith made a midnight call to REDBROWARD?

Omar Smith wanted to laugh at everyone who thinks campaign finance rules should be followed by candidates and their operatives:

“[T]his is Omar. Give me a call back when you get my message. I read your last article and I would like to extend a very big thank you to you and ask that you continue highlighting the good work that we are doing in Broward County. Thanks.”

“Good work?”

How many election cycles will Dale Holness and his campaign operatives be allowed to meddle in with shady committees, phony write-in candidates and phony endorsements?

Who will finally say “enough?”

Yet again, the Broward Democrat Party is “rankled.” When will they do something to hold Team Dale Holness accountable?

When will The Florida Bar start asking lawyers and judges about their inclusion on these cards from defunct political committees?

This summer, one resident called Broward Mayor Dale Holness a “tyrant” at his fundraiser at a Lauderhill restaurant.

Merriam Webster defines “tyrant” as, an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution; a usurper of sovereignty.

When will Team Dale Holness be forced to follow the law regarding political committees?

Since Omar Smith thinks it’s funny, perhaps it’s time to start asking the candidates appearing on these cards.

Pro-Gregory Tony PAC Funneled Money To Consultants Tied To Broward Mayor Dale Holness

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and Broward Mayor Dale Holness

Funds from a political committee supporting Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony were funneled to consultants tied to Broward Mayor Dale Holness, State campaign records show. To date, the Parkland-based Broward First political committee has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars in support of Sheriff Tony’s campaign. In the weeks before and after the August 18 primary, Broward First 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.

Both Fort Lauderdale Political committees are managed by the same attorney.

DALE HOLNESS’ EX-WIFE?!?

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. of Margate created All Priority Consulting, Inc., State corporation records show.

On August 11, 2020 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.

The campaign records and corporation filings show 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth as the place of business for All Priority Consulting.

This is the exact same address used by the mysterious Stronger Together Florida political committee.

Earlier this week, REDBROWARD revealed the telephone number for the political committee is (754) 444-6117.

Campaign reports from the 2016 Broward election show Stronger Together Chairperson Kayla Butler was a paid intern on the Dale Holness campaign

The telephone number for Stronger Together Florida is listed in State records for 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.

This is the same address for All Broward Realty, Inc, a real estate company owned by Broward Mayor Dale Holness.

According to State corporate records, All Consulting And Marketing Inc. is owned by Richelle Holness, the daughter of Broward Mayor Dale Holness. State corporate records indicate the corporation was dissolved in September 2019 after failing to file its required corporate report.

State records show Richelle Holness started Tax Unlimited Corp in 2016 with A.H. The corporation was located at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation.

REDBROWARD has learned A.H. is the former wife of Broward Mayor Dale Holness.

When reached by telephone by REDBROWARD, Richelle Holness refused to discuss her role with the political committee. Broward election records list Richelle Holness as the treasurer for Broward Mayor Dale Holness’ 2020 campaign.

BIG BUCKS FOR HOLNESS CONSULTANT/GURU

On September 2, 2020 State 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 consultant and marketing “guru” Omar M. Smith.

When REDBROWARD contacted the mysterious People For Principle PAC in July, Omar Smith answered the telephone. In 2018, REDBROWARD exposed Omar Smith’s role in the mysterious A Better Florida For All political committee.

Earlier this month, REDBROWARD reported on a large COVID Relief/PPP Loan obtained by A Star For I, Inc.

According to news organizations tracking the COVID-19 relief program, A Star For I, Inc. received approval for a loan between $150,000 and $350,000 on June 1, 2020.

Even though PPP loans were intended to be used on employee payroll, these organizations state A Star For I, Inc. reported zero employees on its loan applications. Self-employed business owners were eligible for PPP loans of $20,883.

How did A Star For I, Inc. receive nearly ten times more for “owner compensation replacement” than average self-employed business owners?

But why was A Star For I, Inc. seeking “compensation replacement” at all?

In addition to the $20,000 from the South Florida Accountability Project, Florida Division of Elections records show Omar Smith’s company received 14,188 from political campaigns after receiving a six-figure PPP loan. This includes a July 9, 2020 payment of $1,500 by George Odom’s judicial campaign and and a July 30, 2020 payment for $10,200 by former Broward Judge Ian Richards.

Broward election records show Omar Smith made even more money from his work as Dale Holness’ campaign consultant. Holness is seeking re-election for his District 9 seat this November. Holness has no Republican opposition, just an unknown write-in candidate.

According to Holness campaign reports, Omar Smith/A Star for I, Inc was paid $46,750 as a consultant. More than $31,000 was paid after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Why would pro-Gregory Tony political contributions end up in the hands of Dale Holness consultants?

Why does the Palm Beach home of Dale Holness’ former wife house multiple businesses involved in Broward politics?

Shouldn’t someone else start asking Dale Holness what is going on with these political committees and his family members?

Broward voters deserve answers, right?