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Broward Judge Wannabe Lea Krauss Uses American Flags As Hood Ornaments

Broward County Circuit Court Judge candidate Lea Krauss’ use of the American flag as a hood ornament is a clear violation of the United States Flag Code. Krauss draped the hood and trunk of her convertible Mercedes-Benz with American Flags during the City of Weston 4th of July parade. Krauss posted pictures of the Federal violations on her Facebook campaign page. 

4 U.S Code Section 7(b) states: “The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle….”

One flag was tucked under the hood of Krauss’ fancy convertible. The other flag was taped to the trunk with blue tape.

Krauss’ wife even leans on the American flag for a picture.

This is not the first time Krauss’ pictures have caused controversy. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed Krauss’ inappropriate selfies taken during services at the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale. Her selfie faux pas made it into the national headlines of the POLITICO website.

You may excuse Krauss’ flag foul by claiming she’s unaware of Federal law. But Krauss is paying big bucks to a Tallahassee law firm to keep her campaign on the straight and narrow.

Last month, BrowardBeat.com reported Krauss paid nearly $8,000 to the law firm.  Krauss told Browardbeat.com “she paid the money so she would be sure to following every letter of the law: ‘I would always cross every ‘T’ and dot every ‘I.’ I think that’s prudent.'”

Krauss’ opponent, Maxine Streeter said, “A judge’s job is to know the law, to research the law. If somebody needs assistance, it certainly calls into question their preparation to be a judge.”

Looks like neither Krauss, her wife nor her pricey Tallahassee law firm included the United States Flag Code in their preparation.

Then again, does anybody really need high-priced lawyers to know you never desecrate the American flag on the Fourth of July or any day?

Broward Judicial Candidate Lea Krauss Snapping Selfies At Church

Last month, REDBROWARD documented Broward County Circuit Court candidate Lea Krauss’ bungling of a Bible question at a political forum. Krauss was stumped when asked to name her favorite Bible scripture at a public forum hosted by the Broward Women’s Republican Club. Taken aback by the question, Krauss admitted she could not think of her favorite Bible passage.

When she asked the questioner if he had a favorite, the gentleman replied, “yeah, several.”

Now, Krauss has made another religious faux pas. This weekend, Krauss posted a selfie taken in the pews of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale. Krauss posted the picture on her campaign’s official Facebook page.

Doesn’t everybody know you’re not supposed to use your phones at church or synagogue? Maybe only regular churchgoers know this?

Perhaps Lea Krauss should skip the Democrat club meetings and find a good Sunday school.

Judicial Candidate Betsy Benson Violates Law With Campaign Emails?

Betsy Benson is all smiles with Scott J. Brook, right.

Add Betsy Benson to the long list of Broward County judicial candidates violating Florida election laws. The Benson campaign sent fundraising emails to public office buildings, a clear violation of Florida Statute 106.15(4) which states, “No person shall make and no person shall solicit or knowingly accept any political contribution in a building owned by a governmental entity.” The Benson solicitation was sent by a top Democrat electioneering firm from Washington, D.C., also a possible violation of Florida election law.

REDBROWARD obtained a copy of the Benson solicitation.
The May 3rd email claims to be sent “on behalf of Betsy Benson campaign.” The lengthy email is the standard “meet the candidate” stuff, however the bottom of the email includes a solicitation for money. The email states, “Send your donation to Betsy Benson Campaign 2802 NE 15th Terrace Wilton Manors, FL 33334.”

REDBROWARD confirmed the email was sent to the work email addresses of government employees.

Benson is not the first candidate to run afoul of this Florida Statute. Last December, REDBROWARD exposed the same violation by Broward County Circuit Court candidate Doreen Turner Inkeles. Her campaign emails were sent by local Democrat consultant Dan Lewis.

Like Benson, Inkeles’ email urging up to $1,000 contributions were sent to official email accounts of government employees. In this case, the employees just happened to be Broward County judges. The Broward County Courthouse is owned by a government entity. 

Florida Statute 106.15(5) states, “Any person violating the provisions of this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.” 

The Inkeles email was signed by 7 lawyers including former Coral Springs Mayor Scott J. Brook. REDBROWARD previously reported Brook was all smiles with Lea Krauss, another candidate for Broward County Circuit Court. Brook faced ethics charges for failing to report a free yacht trip provided by the corrupt developers, Shawn and Bruce Chait.

Brook is prominently featured in the Benson email as well. A picture of Benson and Brook is at the top of the email. He is listed on the email as a member of “The Committee to Elect Betsy Benson County Court Judge (Group 13). Other members of the committee include Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, lobbyist Ron Book, and attorney David Singer. 

Partisan Vendor Used To Send Email

The Benson email was sent by a NGP VAN, a Washington D.C based vendor. Last March, REDBROWARD revealed Benson paid the top Democrat electioneering firm in Washington, D.C. to market her campaign. Treasurer reports filed with the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office show Benson paid NGP VAN for “marketing.” 

Rules for Florida judicial campaigns prohibit candidates from engaging in partisan political activities. On its website, NGP VAN proudly boasts, “Nearly every major Democratic campaign in America is powered by NGP VAN.” NGP Van offers Democrat candidates help in targeted email, fundraising, online contributions, contact management and social network integration. NGP Van offers links to the Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) website, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) website and Emily’s List. Some of the products offered by NGP Van include new media and union organizing.

When asked why she hired NGP VAN, Benson told REDBROWARD she used NGP VAN to reach Broward voters. When asked if she felt using NGP VAN gave the appearance of polticial activity, Benson said, “I don’t think it is. It’s a resource that I am using.”

Benson did not know what NGP VAN gave her for her $960 payment. She said her political consultant, Michael Worley recommended NGP VAN.

REDBROWARD reached out to Benson for comment. We will update story if necessary.

Betsy Benson and the Easter Bunny, via Facebook