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Democrat Consultant Dan Lewis Pockets $10K From Broward Sheriff Candidate

James Fondo, left, is endorsed by former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti

James Fondo, left, is endorsed by former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti

Forget the shady political committees, Broward Sheriff candidate James Fondo paid $10,000 to a company owned by Democrat consultant Dan Lewis. State records show Lewis owns JNAC Communications & Managment, a Fort Lauderdale corporation. Fondo paid Lewis twice during the month of April. Fondo filed his paperwork challenging Broward Sheriff Scott Israel on April 7th.

On April 9, 2016, Fondo paid $5,000 to Lewis for “targeted email select hygiene & rental.” Hygiene? Perhaps Fondo wants all the hygiene know-how Lewis picked up while trying to secure million dollar contracts from Broward Health?

As for emails, REDBROWARD exposed the ineffectiveness of Lewis’ long, wordy emails when it comes to raising funds.

On April 19th, Fondo paid another $5,000 to Lewis’ company for “website development.” Lewis knows all about websites. As REDBROWARD reported, Lewis has used his Broward Health websites to attack Dr El-Sanadi, CEO of Broward Health, after his million dollar contract was cancelled.

Last month, REDBROWARD reported Lewis’ ties to the Israel-bashing political committee called Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS). Records show Dan Lewis purchased the website domain for COPS in February. The domains include CitizensOverPublicSafety.com and CitizensOverPublicSafety.net.

According to Broward Supervisor of Elections records, COPS was formed on February 24, 2016 by Dr Michael J. Cohen and accountant Jack Milberry.  COPS mailing address is 2800 W. State Road 84, Suite 105 in Fort Lauderdale. This is the offices of Milberry & Kesselman CPA, LLC.

According to Broward Supervisor of Elections records, James Fondo signed his paperwork for the Broward Sheriff’s race on March 16, 2016. He listed Jack Milberry as his campaign treasurer using the Milberry & Kesselman CPA, LLC address.

Insiders say other Dan Lewis clients are feeling the heat after REDBROWARD exposed his role in Fondo’s campaign. Lewis’ other main client in former Broward Democrat Party chairman Mitch Ceasar. Lewis is the main consultant for Ceasar’s campaign for Broward County Clerk of Courts.  Records show Lewis’ companies have been paid nearly $11,000 by the Ceasar campaign.

Lewis’ other clients include judicial candidates Rhoda Sokoloff and Doreen Turner Inkeles.

These candidates were feeling the heat when Lewis was rumored to be working for the COPS committee. What happens now when they learn Lewis is openly on the Fondo campaign payroll?


Will Broward Democrats Abandon Sheriff Israel-Bashing Consultant Dan Lewis?

As REDBROWARD reported earlier, it appears local Democrat consultant Dan Lewis has declared war on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel. REDBROWARD exposed Lewis’ role in the Citizens Over Public Safety (COPS) political committee. Records show Lewis purchased website domain names just days before the political committee filed its paperwork with the Broward County Supervisor of Elections offices. Sources described a strategy meeting between Lewis and committee backers where they discussed ways to hurt the re-election chances of Sheriff Israel.

Now, Broward political insiders wonder if taking on the powerful Sheriff Israel will hurt the electoral chances of Dan Lewis’ political clients.

How will Lewis’ current clients feel about his support of a committee which aims to hurt Israel while helping political newcomer James Fondo?

According to campaign treasurer reports, Dan Lewis is working for at least seven candidates on the November ballot.

Earlier this year, REDBROWARD revealed the wordy fundraising emails Lewis crafted for Broward judicial candidates. According to the reports, these emails failed to bring in the big bucks. Records show Lewis received $7,107. 86 from Judge Jay Hurley and $4,289.94 from Judge Hope Tieman-Bristol. Lewis banked $5,764.60 from judicial candidate Rhoda Sokoloff and $6,116.75 from fellow judicial candidate Doreen Inkeles.

Records show Broward State Attorney Mike Satz paid Lewis $2,500 last October. Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar gave Lewis $2,500 for work on his campaign for County Property Appraiser.

Lewis’ biggest client is former Broward Democrat Party Chairman Mitch Ceasar, currently a candidate for Broward County Clerk of Courts. Records show Lewis’ companies have been paid nearly $11,000 by the Ceasar campaign.

Will Mitch Ceasar stick with Dan Lewis? Will other clients tell Lewis to buzz off?

Lewis still has not replied to our request for comment. We’ve reached out to the candidates for their takes. We will update this story soon.