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Broward Elections Lawyer’s PAC Used Opa-Locka City Hall Address

Burnadette Norris-Weeks committee used Opa-Locka City Hall address

Burnadette Norris-Weeks committee used Opa-Locka City Hall address

Documents sent to the Florida Division of Elections show the political committee operated by Broward Supervisor of Elections attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks was operated out of Opa-Locka City Hall. Last month, REDBROWARD reported “The Right Group” political committee was formed by Norris-Weeks in 2003.  The Right Group spent $34,000 over ten years. Norris-Weeks’ committee made contributions to the political campaigns of Perry Thurston, Joe Eggelletion, Joe Gibbons, Alain Jean, Eric Jones, Chris Smith, Carlton Moore, and even Broward Supervisor Of Elections Dr.Brenda Snipes. The committee was disbanded in June 2013.

Throughout its ten year existence, The Right Group received numerous “fail to file” letters and fines from the Florida Division of Elections. In March 2010, Norris-Weeks responded to one of the State’s letters. She stated no money had been collected due to a death in her family. REDBROWARD reported The Right Group’s money came from membership dues. One contribution came from Doris Harrell, the committee’s treasurer. Ms. Harrell is the wife of former South Florida Sun-Sentinel senior editorial writer Douglas C. Lyons.

Norris-Weeks’ March 2, 2010 letter was faxed from a telephone number associated with her Fort Lauderdale law firm. However, the fax cover sheet tells a different story.

The header of the printed fax cover sheet contains the words, “The Right Group.” The footer section of the sheet lists the following address:

“780 Fisherman Street, Suite 335, Opa-Locka, FL, 33054”

This address is the Opa-Locka City Government center. It is clearly listed as the official City of Opa-Locka address in this 2010 City of Opa-Locka Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The United States Federal Register lists this address as the official contact information for the City of Opa-Locka.

So, why did Burnadette Norris-Weeks use the City of Opa-Locka as the address for “The Right Group” political committee?

Did Norris-Weeks operate her political committee while serving as the Opa-Locka city attorney?

Is Dr. Brenda Snipes asking her private contract attorney about her partisan political activities?

Broward voters deserve answers before the 2016 general election.

State House Candidate Fails To File Campaign Cash Report

Roxanne Valies, right, with former Gov Charlie Crist and State Rep Hazelle Rogers in 2014

Roxanne Valies, right, with former Gov Charlie Crist and State Rep Hazelle Rogers in 2014

The State of Florida wants to know why FL House candidate Roxanne Valies failed to file her campaign finance report. Valies is seeking the Democrat nomination for the Broward District 95 seat currently held by Rep. Hazelle Rogers. Vailes was required to file her report on May 11, 2015.

On May 12th, the Florida Division of Elections sent a “Fail to File” letter to Valies. Kristi Bronson, chief of the Bureau of Elections, told Valies Florida statutes required her to explain why her report was not filed. Also, Valies would be fined $50 a day for the first three days the report is late. If the report is not filed after three days, Bronson said the campaign would be fined $500 per day not to exceed 25% of the receipts or expenditures in the report.

As of Friday May 29th, the State has not posted Valies report or explanation for the missing report.

The State sent all correspondence to the Tamarac post office box listed on Valies’ campaign paperwork.

In April, REDBROWARD revealed issues regarding Valies’ residency.

According to numerous Federal, State and local records, Roxanne Y. Valies does not live in District 95.

The Florida Constitution requires all state legislators to live in the House or Senate district they represent. Since 2013, this reporter has exposed numerous politicians violating the residency requirement. These politicians included State Sen. Maria Sachs, Rep. Lori Berman, Rep. Perry Thurston, Rep. Jared Moskowitz, Rep. Alan Williams, and Hazelle Rogers, the current representative of District 95.

Valies currently resides in House District 97, represented by Democrat Jared Moskowitz. According to the Broward County Property Appraiser (BCPA), Valies has owned a spacious Sunrise townhome since 1998. Valies receives the full Homestead tax exemption at this address.

BCPA records show Valies has owned a much smaller Lauderhill condominium since 2003.

While her official campaign documents filed with the State of Florida show a Tamarac address, voter registration websites show Valies is still registered to vote at her Sunrise home.

Valies simply needs to reside in District 95 on the day of her election. Will she actually move into her small condo? Maybe she hasn’t made the drive over to her Tamarac mailbox yet?

Valies faces off against fellow Democrat Patrick Jaboiun in 2016. More on Patrick next week….