Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton Refuses To Answer Questions About Business Ties To “Happy Feet” Political Consulting Firm

Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton refuses to answer questions regarding his close ties to a local political consulting firm. Happy Feet Advertising, LLC has worked for numerous Broward politicians and committees, records show. The Happy Feet Advertising website states the company, “is a full-service marketing and public relations company specializing in political campaigns, elected official branding, community relations, issue advocacy and grassroots organizing. We offer clients the resources, direction and information they need to become successful, whether the objective is winning campaigns, earning press coverage or affecting public policy.”

According to State corporate records, Happy Feet Advertising LLC is owned by Trace N. Robinson. While the business paperwork shows a Margate address, the mailing address for Happy Feet Advertising is listed as P.O. Box 451711 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33345.

State records also show businesses owned by Marlon Bolton use the same post office box.

P.O. BOX 451711

Florida business records show the post office box address used by Happy Feet Advertising has been used by Marlon Bolton since at least 2014. These businesses include Tyson Bolton and Associates, Forecast Holdings, LLC, Prophet Fire, and Win Without War. These same records show Marlon Bolton and Trace Robinson are business partners.

Records list Marlon Bolton and Trace Robinson as owners of The Driven Project, Praise Experience Worldwide Outreach Church, and South Florida Theological Seminary, Inc. The companies also use the same post office box.

Last year, Trace Robinson created the Broward Vision PAC political committee. The address for the PAC is the same post office box used by Bolton.

State of Florida campaign records show Broward Vision PAC paid $1,400 to Exy Consultants, a corporation created under the Happy Feet Advertising LLC name by Robinson. Exy Consultants used the same P.O. Box 451711 address as Marlon Bolton.

According to Tamarac campaign reports, Commissioner Marlon Bolton provided Happy Feet Advertising with its biggest payday. Reports show Bolton paid nearly $14,000 to Happy Feet Advertising during the 2020 election cycle.

BOLTON REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS

REDBROWARD asked Marlon Bolton about his ties to Happy Feet, Trace Robinson and The Tamarac Post.

We asked Bolton if he had any financial interest in Happy Feet. We asked Bolton if he played any role in political campaign which hired Happy Feet.

Marlon Bolton refused to issue any comment or denial on this facts.

In a text message, Bolton wrote, “Oh! Go ahead write away…Sir, whatever you want to write, you can…”

Tamarac voters deserve real answers, no?

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TRASHY? Coconut Creek Candidate Lauren Linville Fails To Disclose Her Close Business Ties To Owner Of Garbage Companies

With the election just eight days away, Coconut Creek Democrat candidate Lauren Linville launched a hypocritical attack on Commissioner Joshua Rydell over contributions from waste management companies. Linville’s desperate move comes after a political committee highlighted her growing support from garbage companies. On Monday, Linville took to social media to spin her ties to garbage companies’ support.

In a Facebook post, Lauren Linville wrote, “Josh Rydell would have you believe that I am taking contributions from Waste Companies….” Linville wrote “Joshua Rydell is trying to mislead you.” While she claimed Coconut Creek voters deserve “accountability and transparency,” Lauren Linville failed to disclose her close business ties to the owner of numerous garbage companies.

On January 13, 2021, Lauren Linville received a $1,000 campaign from Choice Waste of Florida, Inc. based in Pompano Beach. On that same day, the Linville campaign received a $1,000 contribution from Premier Waste Solutions of Fort Lauderdale. According to State of Florida corporation records, both companies are owned by Michael Savino. State records show Savino has an official role in numerous companies involved in the waste management business.

Even though he’s involved with so many garbage companies, Michael Savino still finds time to do consulting work for other business. Documents show Michael Savino is an integral part of the team at Optimum Consulting, Inc.

Optimum Consulting Inc. is owned and operated by Lauren Linville.

DEBRIS SPECIALIST

In a June 2020 business proposal, Lauren Linville listed the members of her team at Optimum Consulting Inc. Michael Savino is mentioned several times as the “Category A-Debris Specialist.” In one section, Linville highlights Savino’s long track record working with local municipalities such as Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale By The Sea and Hollywood. Linville wrote, “All these examples highlight not only his experiences in Florida but his ability to work alongside municipalities.”

If Linville wins a seat on the Coconut Creek Commission, will she invite Michael Savino to work alongside the City? Linville has repeatedly discussed a new recycling program for Coconut Creek. Has she discussed this idea with Savino?

Will Savino remain part of the Optimum Consulting leadership team if Linville is elected?

Last month, REDBROWARD exposed how Lauren Linville failed to disclose her employment and campaign support from The GEO Group, a private prison and immigration detention center operator. Why does Lauren Linville preach about “transparency” while failing to give voters a full look into her background and business dealings?

Coconut Creek Democrat Candidate Lauren Linville Equates Black Lives Matter With ISIS And “Radical Islam” In Facebook Rant

“I’m so sick of all these ‘movements’…Black Lives Matter, ISIS, Radical Islam, LGBT Hate groups…. They’ve done nothing but disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others.” –Lauren Linville, Coconut Creek Commission Candidate.

A Democrat candidate for the Coconut Creek City Commission equated the Black Lives Matter movement with ISIS and radical Islam in a Facebook rant. Lauren Linville, the owner of a crisis/emergency management group, is running for the District E seat against longtime Commissioner Joshua Rydell. In her July 2016 post, Linville wrote, “I’m so sick of all these ‘movements’…Black Lives Matter, ISIS, Radical Islam, LGBT Hate groups…. They’ve done nothing but disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others.”

While many question the tactics used in violent protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, few would equate BLM with the murderous actions of ISIS.

In a Democrat stronghold like Coconut Creek, lumping Black Likes Matter in with ISIS and al-Qaeda is a losing proposition. Judging from her new campaign video, it appears Lauren Linville came to the same conclusion.

In her campaign video, Lauren Linville claims the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer “really pulled at my heart.” She also refers to “unity and community plans” being developed by the city. Linville says she wants to “bridge the gap of divisiveness” by being a “voice to both sides.” Suddenly, Lauren Linville wants to be the “voice” for a group she claimed did nothing but “disappoint, hate, kill and create pain for others?”

Did Linville change her view of BLM or is this just another case of political opportunism? Yet another candidate pandering to win votes?

REDBROWARD reached out to Lauren Linville.

After reading her post from 2016, Linville claimed equating BLM with ISIS was taking her words out of context. She said she was against divisive behavior and all forms of violence. Again pressing her on why she chose to lump in Black Lives Matter with radical Islam, Linville continued to use the “out of context” argument. Linville said she had another appointment and ended the call.

Coconut Creek voters will render their verdict in March.