Shadowy Political Committee Tied To Former Miramar Commissioner

A shadowy political committee appears to have close ties to former Miramar commissioner Alexandra Davis. The “Alliance for Better Governance” raised $12,050 from an unnamed Miami based “consultant” during the run up to the Miramar city elections in March. Davis, who previously ran for the Broward County Commission, was running for Mayor of Miramar.

According to campaign reports filed with the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE), the “Alliance for Better Governance” received five contributions from the Miami consultant “ABCD” located at 12345, Miami FL 33027. This “consultant” made contributions of $7000, $1500, $750, $1000 and $1800 between February 19, and March 9, 2015.

The “Alliance For Better Governance” made $7,927.57 in expenditures. The vast majority of these expenditures were made February 23, 2015 to individuals located at “12345, Miramar FL 33027.” These payments, mostly $100 each, were listed as “payroll.” Two small payments for “bank fees” were made on February 23 and February 24 to the Wells Fargo bank at 1710 S. Andrews Ave in Fort Lauderdale. Another payment was made to Wells Fargo on March 3, 2015 for a “check order.” On March 4th, US Print Pro in Miami received a $4,596.45 payment for “printing.” On March 9th, a $53 payment was made to ADP printing in Miramar for printing.

The Miami address of “12345” does not exist. Records do not show any Miami based consultants named “ABCD.” However, there is an “ABCD Accounting” located in Miami.

Broward SOE lists Roderick C. Kemp as the contact person for the “Alliance for Better Governance.” Mr. Kemp appears to be a close associate of Alexandra Davis. Records show Kemp registered the domain name “” in December 2013. Davis used this domain name for her campaign website.

A telephone number tied to Kemp is used as an official contact number on the Davis website and other Davis campaign materials.

When contacted by REDBROWARD, Kemp admitted the political committee worked to get Davis elected. He said, “We helped [Davis] and lots of municipal candidates.” Kemp said he registered the domain name when Davis “needed an email address.” As for the fictitious names and addresses, Kemp said the person who filed the reports for him “must have made a mistake.”

Kemp promised to provide the correct information regarding the contributions and expenditures.





Broward Judge Raising Money For Nonexistent Political Campaign?

hurleywebBroward Judge John Jay Hurley appears to be running for re-election even though he has not filed any campaign paperwork with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office. In January, REDBROWARD revealed Hurley was operating a website promoting his bond court appearances. Now, REDBROWARD has discovered a new “re-election” website for Hurley.

Hurley, a fraternity brother of former Governor Charlie Crist, faces re-election in 2016. Hurley has not filed any campaign paperwork. Some courthouse observers wonder why Judge Hurley has multiple websites.

In January, REDBROWARD reported Hurley refused to speak with the local media even though he uses them to promote his website. WSVN Channel 7 reported Hurley “ignored” their questions about bias complaints filed against him by the Broward Public Defender’s Office.WSVN interviewed Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein in front of the Broward County courthouse. Hurley was standing a few feet away. REDBROWARD spotted the media circus while attending a judicial robing ceremony.

While Hurley ignored the television cameras outside the courthouse, he appears to have no problem using the media to promote his name. Hurley has a become a household name thanks to his over-the-top antics in Broward bond court. Hurley reads the charges for maximum dramatic effect which usually gets airtime on the local news.

The bond court drama plays out over a courthouse feed viewed by law enforcement, bail bondsmen and the media. On Hurley’s website, the bond court feed from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is prominently displayed.  The spartan site contains little else. Oddly enough, if you click the “sample video” link on his website, you will find a Twitter post where Hurley is refererred to as an “asshole.”

The website is operated by local Democrat operative Ron Mills of RainbowUSA hosting.

When contacted by REDBROWARD, Mills said Hurley is “fully aware of the website.” He said he is operating the website as a volunteer. Mills said Hurley is “definitely aware of the site….it gets lots of hits.”

This week, REDBROWARD found a new Hurley website. The equally spartan site contains new glamour photographs of Hurley as well as a link to donate money to Hurley via Paypal. Well, kinda.

When you click on the PayPal button, users are redirected to a page under the name “Brittany Zarin.” Can Judges accept money via third parties? Can Judges even solicit money if a campaign does not even legally exist?