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?

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Kneels With Protestors

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Kneels
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony kneeling near Broward Boulevard

Earlier this week, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony kneeled near Broward Boulevard with several Black Lives Matter protestors outside the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The video, posted online by Xclusive Street, shows Tony walking from the building to the street where, unprompted, he kneels along the street. The protestors were sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.

SOURCES: State Discussing Charges In Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Affidavit Matter

According to two longtime sources, State law enforcement officials met with Governor Ron DeSantis in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning to discuss the controversy surrounding Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. The sources tell REDBROWARD FDLE officials met with the Governor at Hard Rock Stadium to discuss an “executive investigation” into Tony’s failure to disclose charges surrounding the 1993 shooting of Hector “Chino” Rodriguez in Philadelphia.

On Sunday, The Florida Bulldog revealed a fourteen year old Gregory Tony was charged with the murder of Rodriguez.

“When I was 14 years old, growing up in a neighborhood in Philadelphia filled with violence and gang activity, I shot an armed man in self-defense. The juvenile authorities reviewed my actions and cleared my name,” Tony wrote in an email to The Florida Bulldog. “This was the most difficult and painful experience of my life and I have never spoken of it publicly. I worked every day from that time forward to leave the violence that surrounded me in Philadelphia behind.”

On Monday, The Sun-Sentinel reported Tony failed to disclose the matter when he applied for a position with the Coral Springs Police Department in 2005. Tony answered “no” to questions asking about being arrested and whether criminal records were sealed or expunged. In several interviews since the Bulldog story broke, Tony has maintained he did not disclose the matter to anyone, including Governor Ron DeSantis, because the records were sealed after he was found not guilty.

On Wednesday, the Bulldog published a copy of a January 2020 FDLE document signed by Tony where he declared, “under oath that he never had a criminal record sealed or expunged.”

According to The Bulldog:

The Jan. 7 affidavit – notarized, signed and dated boldly in blue ink by Tony – comes to light amid news that Tony shot and killed a man in Philadelphia when he was a teenager in 1993 and that all court records about his case are sealed.

The form includes a notice above Tony’s signature that it constitutes an official statement under the law and that any “intentional omission” or “false execution…shall constitute a misdemeanor of the second degree and disqualify the officer for employment as an officer.”

Under Florida law, a second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by “a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days” or up to a $500 fine.

Late Wednesday, an FDLE spokesperson confirmed to the Sun-Sentinel that it was aware the matter.

“We did receive a complaint and we will review the complaint,“ said Gretl Plessinger, spokesperson for the FDLE. “We do not have an active investigation.”

However, sources tell REDBROWARD that law enforcement officials gave Governor Ron DeSantis a briefing on the legal issues and possible charges facing Tony.

According to our sources, the statute of limitations would prevent any case against Tony for his answers on the 2005 Coral Springs Police Department application. One source said no charges would come from that application since Tony retired from the CSPD and entered the private sector.

The January 2020 FDLE affidavit allegedly presents real legal and political problems for Sheriff Tony.

The source states Tony’s recent press comments about his “sealed” records bolsters chances of bringing misdemeanor charges against him. And even though just a misdemeanor, this type of charge might warrant Tony’s removal from office.

The source stated Tallahassee would give Tony several days to decide whether he should resign or face an ongoing investigation.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony