Broward Dem Chair: “Disappointed” Fondo Campaign Still Passing Out “Fake” Card


Broward Democratic Party Chair Cynthia Busch is not happy about the “fake” Democrat blue card being handed out at polling places. Earlier this month, REDBROWARD revealed local bee enthusiast Dan Lewis was fined for his earlier version of this ploy to fool voters. Lewis mailed the card twice this month.

On Twitter, Busch said she was “very disappointed to receive reports that Fondo for Sheriff are still handing out misleading palm cards.” Jim Fondo is a paid client of Dan Lewis’ political consulting company JNAC. Lewis insists clients cannot buy their way onto the card.

When the latest Lewis card hit mailboxes two weeks ago, Busch was even tougher. She said,“I want to make it very clear to voters that the Democratic Party is in no way connected to the ‘Blue Card’. This is an underhanded tactic that tarnishes the Democratic process.” Busch added, “I have no knowledge that anyone who appears on the card is responsible for the actions of Mr. Lewis. Candidates should not be unfairly associated with this type of behavior.”

It’s good to see Busch standing up to Lewis. The previous chair, Mitch Ceasar, never complained about Dan Lewis’ campaign tricks.

Unsurprisingly, Mitch Ceasar is another paid client of Lewis. He has paid Lewis tens of thousands of dollars to act as a consultant for his campaign to be the next Broward Clerk of Courts.

STICKER SHOCK FOR DAN LEWIS CLIENTS

danlewisDan Lewis’ political clients might be in for some serious sticker shock. Lewis’ political committee (Florida’s Democracy Project) just filed its first financial report with the State of Florida. Earlier this week, Lewis took credit for the latest edition of his “fake” endorsement card targeting Broward Democrat voters. According to Buddy Nevins at BrowardBeat, “In his filing documents, Lewis writes that the group has no bank account ‘because we anticipate no monetary transactions, only in-kind contributions.‘”

On August 5, 2016 Florida’s Democracy Project reported a $18,766.50 in-kind contribution from JNAC Communication and Management Services, LLC, a Fort Lauderdale company owned by Dan Lewis. The in-kind contribution was described as “slate card production.”

LEWIS CLIENTS CHARGED DOUBLE THE COST OF BLUE CARD

Lewis’ clients paid twice as much for their countywide mailers than the in-kind cost of the blue card. In July, Clerk of Courts candidate Mitch Ceasar paid $41,877.51 to JNAC for “mailer, printing and postage.” Broward Circuit Court Judge candidate Doreen Turner Inkeles paid $44,162.75 to JNAC.

Two Broward County Court candidates paid Lewis’ JNAC the exact same amount for mailers. Kim Mollica and Rhoda Sokoloff each paid $45,331.83 to Lewis’ company.

INVESTIGATION INTO 2014 BLUE CARD

It is unclear how many “fake” blue cards were produced by Dan Lewis so far this year. REDBROWARD can confirm some voters have received the card by mailer. A source claims volunteers may be used to hand deliver cards.

In 2014, Lewis boasted of printing more than one million cards. REDBROWARD exposed that was not true.

Florida Elections Commission investigators found Lewis did not print one million “blue cards.” Investigators obtained invoices from Lewis’ printer, The Printer’s Printer, and cancelled checks. Robert Zelinka of The Printer’s Printer told investigators he had printed just 200,000 cards for Lewis. Zelinka said just 117,000 cards were mailed to Broward voters. On October 9, 2014, the company submitted an invoice for $12,499 to Lewis’ Strategic Technologies & Research, Inc. Lewis was billed $10,126 for 3 versions of “postcards’ and $2,373 for three different mail “drops.”

This invoice was received one week before Dan Lewis told BrowardBeat he had printed one million cards.

Lewis was accused of using a “fake” union label on his cards as well.

In July 2015, State investigator Keith Smith spoke with Tom Schatz, a chief investigator for the Teamsters Union in Washington, D.C.

Smith had faxed a copy of the mailer to Schatz to determine the validity of the union label on the “blue cards.” According to Smith’s notes, Schatz said, “that after reviewing the copy of the union-label and asking around, it was determined that the union-label was definitely not theirs and was a ‘counterfeit’ union-label. He said it appears that someone ‘made up’ the union-label and ‘stuck it on’ the mailer.”

Questions continue to swirl around Lewis’ card but he refuses to comment to REDBROWARD. Yesterday, REDBROWARD reported Lewis used the same US Post Office bulk mail permit to send clients mailers and the blue card. Was postage the in-kind contribution? Did the printer charge Lewis for the cards this time? Did Lewis buy his own printing press? Broward voters (and a few judicial candidates) deserve answers.

Dan Lewis’ Political Client Mailers Share Same Mail Permit As His “Fake” Blue Card

Even though Broward Democrat consultant Dan Lewis tries to distance his clients from his “fake” endorsement card, campaign literature shows Lewis’ clients share the same US Post Office mail permit as his endorsement card. The Florida’s Democracy Project endorsement card has mail permit number 2743. Lewis has admitted being the man behind Florida’s Democracy Project card.

Mailers for Lewis’ clients also bear the same mail permit number. These clients include Clerk of Courts candidate Mitch Ceasar, judicial candidates Kim Mollica, Doreen Turner Inkeles and others. 

Lewis has said clients cannot pay him to appear on the “fake” blue card. He claims they pay him for consulting services, mailing and data.

So why share same postage permit?