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Judge Destry Latest Broward Pol Violating Florida Campaign Laws

Matthew I. Destry is a Criminal Division judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed by former Governor Charlie Crist on November 21, 2007 to replace retired Judge Larry Seidlin. He was re-elected on November 2, 2010 to a 6 year term that ends on January 2, 2017

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Circuit Court Judge Matthew Destry is the latest Broward politician violating Florida elections laws. Florida Statute Section 106.09(1)(a) states, “A person may not make an aggregate cash contribution…to the same candidate or committee in excess of $50 per election.” According to the law, anyone who accepts more than $50 in cash, “commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.” Accepting more than $5000 is a felony. On November 11, 2015 Judge Matthew Destry deposited $1,000 cash into his campaign account.

In a December 10th letter to the Florida Division of Elections, Destry’s campaign admitted its mistake. “In filing the report it was learned that no more than $50 in cash may be accepted for any campaign contribution including the funds of the candidate. While we were aware of this regulation we were unaware that it included the candidates own personal funds as well as funds of others.” The campaign issued a refund to Destry and he gave a check to the campaign.

Last May, REDBROWARD exposed how Judge John “Jay” Hurley accepted campaign contributions before filing for re-election. He refunded the money. However, the refund may not save Hurley from the wrath of the Florida Supreme Court. In April, the Florida Supreme Court issued a public reprimand against an Indian River County Judge for doing the same thing.

In August, REDBROWARD revealed Broward School Board Member Rosalind Osgood has violated Florida elections law, twice. On July 9, 2015, Osgood loaned her campaign $100 in cash. Two weeks later, Osgood contributed $1,000 in cash.

In June, REDBROWARD showed Florida House candidate Roxanne Valies listed three contributions made by Valies herself. Two cash contributions of $50 each and one $150 check. In May, Valies loaned the campaign another $300 from her own funds.

Also in June, REDBROWARD exposed how Broward Sheriff “Mystery Man” candidate Edison Jules gave his own campaign $500 in cash.

Last week, REDBROWARD reported Broward County Circuit Court candidate Lea Krauss may have violated Florida Statutes and Code of Judicial Conduct. Krauss admitted to attending a partisan political fundraiser. She said she paid to attend the Hollywood Hills Democratic Club event.

Why can’t Broward politicians follow the rules?

Broward Toilet Humor? Stacy Ritter, Garbage Contracts, Anonymous Mail and Campaign Cash

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Yesterday we reported that Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter (D-Dancing Queen) received a $500.00 campaign contribution from ALL STAR TOILET CO., LLC., a West Palm Beach-based company, on March 12, 2012.

On March 21, 2012, The Sun-Sentinel reported on Commissioner Stacy Ritter’s tirade over receiving anonymous mail regarding garbage contracts:

“Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter warned Tuesday that if she receives any more packets of information that are not signed by the sender, she will throw them away.

She says in this video, after her trademark railing about the media, that she did just that with a packet of negative news clips about a partner of Ron ‘Gatorman’ Bergeron who, with Bergeron, is seeking a contract for trash hauling in Broward, going up against trash giant Waste Management.

‘If you send me anonymous material, I will throw it away,’ she said. ‘Whoever has sent, whoever sent those photocopied articles to me, I can tell you I opened the envelope, leafed through it, there was no return address on it, there was no signature. I threw it in the trash. So, if you keep doing it, you’re wasting your postage. I’m just going to throw it in the trash. … I actually did recycle it. I actually did.'”

It appears the entire County Commission received the anonymous packet regarding Anthony Lomangino, owner of Southern Waste Systems. Again, from The Sun-Sentinel:

“The packet covers news media accounts of Southern Waste System owner Anthony Lomangino, and alleges that Bergeron ‘wants to bring the MAFIA and ORGANIZED CRIME’ to Broward. All the commissioners apparently got a packet. The news reports say Lomangino was forced out of the trash business in New York as fall-out to a huge bust-up of an alleged Mob cartel of trash haulers. Though Lomangino’s former company was a player in that market, he wasn’t among the many indicted.”

You may ask, “so what?”.

Good question. Ms. Ritter’s March 20, 2012 tirade appears to be directed at anonymous mailers asserting rumors as fact.

However, her financial report posted this week begs another question: Was Ms. Ritter using her time on the Commission dais to bash people who dared to question someone connected to one of her campaign contributors?

According to State of Florida records the managers of ALL STAR TOILET CO. LLC are Anthony Lomangino and Charles Gusmano of 790 HIllbrath Drive, Lantana FL 33462.

State records indicate the registered agent of Southern Waste Systems is…Charles Gusmano
790 HIllbrath Drive, Lantana FL 33462.

Official records also show that Charles Lomangino and Anthony Lomangino were managers at Southern Environmental Demolition LLC. Charles Gusmano was the registered agent. Records say the company was located at 790 HIllbrath Drive, Lantana FL 33462.

So many questions in Broward, so few answers….

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