Miami-Dade Special Interests Funded Broward PAC Tied To Dale Holness & Keon Hardemon Allies In Miramar

An obscure Broward political committee, with ties to allies of Dale Holness and Keon Hardemon, received most of its funding from political committee operated by a former Miami politician, records show. Founded in September 2019, the Resiliency Coalition political committee raised more than $75,000 to influence Broward elections. Yet, Broward Supervisor of Elections records show most of the money came from a political committee operated by former Miami City Commissoner Marc Sarnoff.

State elections records show the “Truth Is The Daughter Of Time PC” political committee was formed in May 2017. The chairman of the political committee is former Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Truth Is The Daughter Of Time PC made four contributions totaling $44,000 to the Resiliency Coalition. Sarnoff is a lobbyist with the Shutts Bowen law firm.

Another prominent contributor to the Resiliency Coalition is B and B Professional Consultants Inc of West Park, a company owned by Barbara Hardemon, the lobbyist aunt of Miami-Dade Commissioner Keon Hardemon. In January, REDBROWARD exposed a growing alliance between Dale Holness and the Hardemon family.

B and B Professional Consultants Inc made contributions to the People Of Principle PAC operated by a Holness campaign guru. In June, REDBROWARD revealed Barbara Hardemon’s financial support of Miramar City Commissioner Alexandra Davis, a close ally of Dale Holness.

REDBROWARD also exposed how Barbara Hardemon formed the “Better Leadership” political committee in May 2021. The timing coincided with the launch of Alexandra Davis’ campaign for a seat on the Broward County Commission.

BROWARD PAC HIRED OPERATIVES TIED TO HARDEMON

In January 2021, the Resiliency Coalition made a $4,000 payment to B and B Professional Consultants Inc.

On February 3, 2021, made a $10,000 payment to The Donner Group in Miami. Two weeks later, Resiliency Coalition paid $5,000 to 527 Advertising LLC of Miami. State records show both companies are owned by Miami political consultant Keith Donner.

Throughout January and February, Resiliency Coalition made payments of $6,137.75, $8917.57, $5,117.75 and $5,993.56 to The Campaign Superstore of Miami. State records show the nearly $21,000 in payments went to a company owned by Charles Safdie, a lobbyist and former executive director of the Miami-Dade Republican Party.

UNFAIR ATTACK ADS TARGETED HARDEMON OPPONENT

In 2020, Keith Donner created an ad campaign attacking an opponent of Keon Hardemon. The Miami Times reported Donner is “longtime ally of the Hardemons, whom he calls his friends and clients.” Even though published reports state the attacks on Haitian activist Gepsie Metellus and her Sant La organization were false, Donner remains proud of his work for Hardemon.

“Had Gepsie not trash-talked the Hardemons, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Donner said. “She would have lost [in the Aug. 18 primary] and the dignity of her organization and reputation would not have been called into question. I’m sure a lot of what I did caused a lot of consternation among Miami’s white garden club members. They were beside themselves. The Hardemons are inviting targets and that’s the nature of the beast, especially in the City of Miami where nothing gets done unless you claw your way to get it done. Welcome to the NFL, Gepsie.”

On Wednesday, even though he easily won the election, Keon Hardemon kept up his attacks on Metellus. The Miami Herald reported Hardemon tried to change the county budget by removing $500,000 earmarked for Sant La, Metellus’ non-profit organization which serves the Haitian community. Hardemon’s move failed but he called for an investigation into Sant La.

Does Broward really want this type of Miami-Dade politics infecting our elections? Too late….

HARDEMON CAMPAIGN TEAM WORKED MIRAMAR RACES

City of Miramar election records show Hardemon’s campaign team worked for candidates in the March 2021 election. Commissioner Maxwell Chamber, another Dale Holness ally, paid $1,087.50 to B and B Professional Consultants Inc. He paid $1,000 to Epic Events Entertainment LLC a West Park company owned by Miramar employee Zakiya Kelley, the daughter of Barbara Hardemon.

But the big bucks for Team Hardemon came from Miramar City Commissioner Yvette Colbourne.

In February, Colbourne made a $10,000 payment to The Donner Group. Colbourne made multiple payments totaling $12,510.99 to The Campaign Superstore of Miami. Both companies received similar payments from the Resiliency Coaltion. One of Colburne’s paid volunteers, Lizca Francois of West Park, was also a paid volunteer of the Resiliency Coaltion.

Loyal readers of REDBROWARD will not be surprised to learn Yvette Colburne made three payments totaling $18,268.44 to B and B Professional Consultants Inc.

REDBROWARD previously revealed how an August 2013 investigation by the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission exposed the role Billy and Barbara Hardemon played in City of Miramar politics and Yvette Colbourne’s campaigns. The 2013 complaint alleged Billy Hardemon, then an employee with the Miami-Dade County Department of Public Works and Waste Management (PWWM), spent “substantial amounts of county time, taken without authorized leave, in the City of Miramar, in Broward County…during hours when Hardemon was understood to be working at his Miami-Dade County job.”

What was Billy Hardemon doing in Miramar? According to the complaint, Hardemon attended numerous City of Miramar government meetings as the “de facto chief of staff” for Miramar City Commissioner Yvette Colbourne. (Other employees claimed Hardemon served a similar role with Miramar City Commissioner Alexandra Davis).

In an interview with investigators, Colbourne admitted Billy Hardemon was her “advisor.” She said his role was to advise her and “attend meetings for and with her.” While he assisted with her campaign, Colbourne stated Hardemon was not paid or compensated in anyway.

However, investigators determined Colbourne’s campaign paid $2,000 to B and B Professional Consultants, Inc., a company owned by Barbara Hardemon.

Colbourne told investigators that Billy Hardemon and Barbara Hardemon were members of “Team Colbourne.” As to his employment in Miami-Dade County, Colbourne told investigators, “I felt that was being handled with his superiors.”

The whistleblower claimed Hardemon’s superior, PWWM director Kathleen Woods-Richardson, was fully aware of his violations.

When asked if she was aware of Hardemon working for Yvette Colbourne in Miramar, Woods-Richardson told investigators, “absolutely not!”

Investigators were shocked by Woods-Richardson’s denial. In addition to calling Hardemon a “friend,” Woods-Richardson’s assistant was Yvette Colbourne.

Additionally, the interview with Kathleen Woods-Richardson was held at the Miramar government center. After Colbourne was elected to office, Woods-Richardson was named Miramar City Manager.

While the investigator was not persuaded by the testimony of Colbourne and Woods-Richardson, he could find no evidence that Woods-Richardson “directed” Hardemon to work for Colbourne in order to increase her chances of becoming city manager.

MIRAMAR OFFICIALS PART OF HOLNESS CAMPAIGN TEAM

Now, Yvette Colbourne, Alexandra Davis and Maxwell Chambers are using their clout as Miramar City Commissioners to help get Dale Holness elected to the United States Congress. Holness is seeking the Democratic nomination for the CD 20 seat previously held by Alcee Hastings. Miramar is part of Congressional District 20. This explains Holness appearing alongside the Commission at numerous Miramar City events. Last month, Dale Holness posted photographs of his Miramar group seated at his campaign headquarters in Plantation.

Does Keon Hardemon and the Hardemon family have seats at the Holness table too?

Are the operatives for Hardemon and Colbourne working for the Holness campaign?

Dale Holness and His Miramar Team
Dale Holness, His Miramar Team and the Consul General of Jamaica?!?

Photographs Show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Inside Maryland Home Owned By Her Family

On Wednesday, US Congressional candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick told REDBROWARD she never lived with her husband and children in a Maryland home owned by her family. She claimed to have always lived with her parents in their Miramar home, even after her September 2017 wedding. But numerous photographs posted on her Facebook account shows Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick inside the Maryland home located just outside Washington D.C.

REDBROWARD reported Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents bought a home in Anne Arundel county in 2016. Less than a year later, the property was transferred to a corporation located at Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents home in Miramar. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick admitted that her husband and children live at the Maryland house. She even revealed that her sister lived in the same house.

Now, REDBROWARD has obtained photographs Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted on her Facebook account showing her inside the Gambrills, Maryland house.

On December 25, 2020, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted a Christmas morning photograph showing her family posing in their pajamas. The family is gathered on their staircase. A comparison with photographs on a real estate website shows the photograph was snapped inside the Gambrills, Maryland home.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and family in their Maryland home.
Photograph of Gambrills home owned by Sheila Cherfilus-MCormick’s family.

On Thanksgiving 2020, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted a photograph of herself with her husband in their kitchen. A comparison with the real estate website photographs appears to confirm the picture of the McCormick’s was snapped in the kitchen of the Gambrills, Maryland home owned by her family.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Photo of the kitchen inside the Gambrills, Maryland home

A November 2019 photograph of Cherfilus-McCormick and her husband also appears to be taken inside the Maryland house.

Since 2018, Facebook posts show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in the Washington D.C. area. These include multiple visits to the Haitian embassy. Cherfilus-McCormick and her husband posted pictures from other Washington D.C. events. One “blackmail” photo shows the couple attending a bridal show in the D.C. area. A Youtube video shows Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick sitting in the front row as her husband models a tuxedo.

Is Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick just making quick visits to Washington D.C. without staying at the home owned by her family?

Did Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick pose for holiday photos with her family in Maryland and fly home the same day? During a pandemic?

Congressional Candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Denies Living With Husband In Maryland House Owned By Her Parents

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick says she does not live in this house.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick loves to tell voters she is a “lifelong” resident of Miramar. Cherfilus-McCormick is seeking to replace the late Alcee Hastings in the US House of Representatives. The district includes Miramar and other west Broward cities as well as parts of Palm Beach. Yet records show, Cherfilus’ husband and stepson live in Maryland home owned by her parents.

In September 2017, Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick married Corlie McCormick, a former assistant Attorney General of Maryland. According to a bridal website, the bride and groom met while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. The wedding ceremony was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Property records for Anne Arundell county in Maryland show Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents, Dr. Gabriel Smith amd Marie Smith, purchased at home in July 2016. In September 2017, records show Gabriel Smith made a “non arms length” transfer of the property to EMS Investment Group LP. Maryland records show EMS Investment Group LP uses a Miramar address as its place of business.

Broward Property Appraiser records show this Miramar address is the home of Dr. Gabriel T. Smith and Marie Cherfilus Smith. State voter registration records show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is registered to vote at this address.

CANDIDATE SAYS SHE HAS NOT LIVED WITH HUSBAND SINCE MARRIAGE

This is Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick‘s third attempt to win the CD 20 seat. She ran against Alcee Hastings in 2018 and 2020. During this time period, her husband opened The McCormick Law Firm LLC in Annapolis, Maryland. According to his website, Corlie McCormick practices law in Maryland, Washington D.C., The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Corlie McCormick does not practice law in Florida.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick says she does not live in same State as the man she married four years ago.

When REDBROWARD asked Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick where she lived, she said, “Miramar.” She denied living at the Gambrills, Maryland home with her husband. Cherfilus-McCormick stated she has never lived in the Maryland home. She admitted her parents owned the property. She claimed that EMS Investment Group was a “family trust” entity created to help her older parents consolidate their assets.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick she has not lived with husband since their September 2017. In fact, Cherfilus-McCormick revealed her husband lives in the Gambrills home with his son and her sister Marjorie Cherfilus.

When asked if she would live in the Maryland home if she is elected to Congress, Cherfilus-McCormick said, “no.”

Cherfilus-McCormick stated her husband has no plans to practice in law in the State of Florida.

Cherfilus-McCormick grew indignant when asked if she thought voters would believe she does not live with her husband, who lives with her sister, in a home owned by her family.

Cherfilus-McCormick ranted about reporters spreading lies and gossip about her. She asked for time to review records and documents and promised to contact REDBROWARD with an updated statement. Cherfilus-McCormick never called us back.

RESIDENCY GAMES

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is not the first CD 20 candidate to face residency questions.

In 2013, an investigation by this reporter exposed then-State Rep. Perry Thurston’s flouting of the Florida Constitution’s residency requirements. Thurston admitted he lives outside his House district “when I want to.” Thurston’s admission added weight to evidence he lived outside the House district he represents, in violation of the Florida Constitution. Article III of the Florida Constitution requires state legislators to live in the districts they represent. WPLG LOCAL 10 reporter Bob Norman caught Thurston at the Plantation home he owns with his wife outside the House district he represents. Thurston represents House District 94 while living in House District 99 in Plantation.

Thurston claimed to be living with a convicted felon in a small home in Lauderhill, rather than with his wife and children in their two-story Plantation home. The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office determined Thurston “violated the law” by using the homestead tax exemption for his Plantation home while he claimed to be living in Lauderhill. The Property Appraiser removed Perry Thurston’s exemption.

Perry Thurston currently represents parts of Broward in the Florida Senate.

In May 2013, this reporter exposed Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness’ false claim that he reside in the district he represents. The evidence showed Holness lived outside the district he represents, though Article II, Section 2.01 A(3) of the Broward County Charter clearly states each commissioner “must be a resident of the particular district upon election.”

Holness claimed he lived in a run-down Lauderhill townhouse near the Florida Turnpike.

In May 2013, records from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections (SOE), stated Holness was registered to vote within District 9 by claiming to live in a small, older 940-square foot townhome in the Royal Oaks townhome development at 2630 N.W. 52nd Avenue in Lauderhill. Property records from the Broward County Property Appraiser (BCPA) show Holmes owns the small home but does not list it as his primary residence for his homestead tax exemption.

Property records listed the mailing address for Holness’ home as 4325 West Sunrise Blvd in Lauderhill. This is the business address for All Broward Realty, Inc., a company owned by Holness.

As Media Trackers Florida reported, the 2006 Central Lauderhill Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) master plan shows Lauderhill officials targeted the Royal Oaks for a dramatic makeover funded by federal and state grants. The plan says Royal Oaks is in “disrepair and in need of landscaping upkeep.” The entire neighborhood was part of an ambitious plan to build parks and improve roads and sewers. The Royal Oaks neighborhood was “identified as properties suitable for acquisition, demolition and redevelopment[.]”

As vice mayor of Lauderhill in 2006, Holness wrote the Central Lauderhill CRA master plan. Florida Department of State records show Holness has been an official of the Royal Oaks Condominium Association since 2000.

One month after our story, Bob Norman of Local 10 News visited Holness’ townhouse. Norman described the unit as, “A small run-down housing unit in Lauderhill stacked to the ceiling with furniture and boxes. A realtor’s locked box hangs from the door knob. The refrigerator isn’t plugged in and its door is wide open.”

“Nobody lives there,” said Herbert Fray, a handyman who tends the yards there.

Seeking answers, Bob Norman visited Holness at the Broward Government Center.

“Well, sir, we went to that home and there’s no way you live there. Do you live in your district?” asked Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman.

“I do,” Holness replied before leaving without answering any more questions.

Since those reports, Holness and his wife have moved to a home in the upscale Plantation neighborhood surrounding the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

The residency requirements for US Congress are not as strict as the Florida Legislature. A candidate does not have to live in the congressional district. He is simplu required to live anywhere in the State.

Usually, a candidate will win a district and then relocate to the Washington D.C., returning on occasion for fundraising and photo opportunities.

In 2008, South Florida Congressman Robert Wexler made national headlines after reporters revealed he lived in Maryland with his family. Wexler told the Sun-Sentinel he grew tired of being a “weekend father” who commuted between Florida and Washington D.C. Wexler said he even though he relocated his family to Maryland, he “established my residency at my in-laws’ home in Delray Beach.”

Is Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick playing the same residency games as Robert Wexler, Perry Thurston and Dale Holness?

Will voters believe Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick has never lived under the same roof as the man she married four years ago?

Will CD 20 voters believe that Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick lives with her elderly parents in a Miramar home while her husband and sister live in a million-dollar home located in an affluent Washington D.C. suburb?

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick says she doesn’t live in this Maryland home with her husband