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Broward PAC Operated By Relatives Of Miami-Dade Commissioner Keon Hardemon Received More Than $111K In Days Before Controversial Calusa Golf Course Vote

A Broward political committee operated by relatives of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Keon Hardemon received more than $111,000 from Miami based special interests just days before a vote rezoning the Calusa Golf Course, records show. In June, REDBROWARD exposed the growing “unholy alliance” between Keon Hardemon and controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. Records showed Hardemon’s aunt, Barbara Hardemon formed the “Better Leadership” political committee in May. In its first five months, the Hardemon political committee pulled in just $12,000 in contributions.

But in October, Better Leadership reported a whopping $111,500 from twenty-one contributors. Nineteen of the twenty-one contributions came from Miami-Dade County. One contribution came from Palm Beach while another was made by a construction company based in New York City. Not a single contribution to the Broward-based Better Leadership political committee came from Broward County.

Zero, zip, nada.

Why were so many Miami developers, architects, construction companies and lawyers giving money to a Broward PAC?

In June, REDBROWARD reported the creation of the Better Leadership PAC appeared to coincide with Alexandra Davis’ campaign for a seat on the Broward County Commission. Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis filed her campaign paperwork for the District 8 seat on the Broward County Commission on May 3, 2021. She is a close ally of Dale Holness.

On May 7, 2021, Barbara Hardemon filed the “Better Leadership” paperwork with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office. Hardemon stated the committee would “support local issues” in Miami-Dade and Broward. REDBROWARD revealed Barbara and her husband Billy were already supporting Alexandra Davis’ campaign.

In her first campaign treasurer’s report, Alexandra Davis lists a $1,000 contribution from B&B Professional Consultants Inc. State business records show B and B Professional Consultants, Inc. is owned by Barbara Hardemon. Davis reports another $1,000 contribution from Barbara Hardemon.

But with the County Commission nearly a year away, would these Miami special interests flood a pro-Davis PAC with so much cash?

The timing of these large contributions suggests they may be related to issues before the Miami-Dade County Commission not the Broward County Commission.


Broward Supervisor of Elections records show twenty of the twenty-one contributions were made on October 28, 2021. On November 17, 2021 Keon Hardemon and the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to allow construction of 550 homes on the Calusa Golf Course in Kendall. Residents objected to turning the golf course, a nature preserve in a existing community, into a giant development.

The developers were represented by the Bilzin Sumberg law firm. On its website, Bilzin Sumberg brags how it worked to get a restrictive covenant removed which paved the way for the 550 homes.

Election records show Bilzin Sumberg and eight of its lawyers made $9,000 in contributions to Better Leadership on October 28, 2021.

REDBROWARD reached out the the lawyers at Bilzin Sumberg to ask about the contributions to the Better Leadership political committee. Anthony De Yurre, a partner at Bilzin Sumberg said he could not recall why he gave the Broward PAC a $1,000 contribution. When asked if he spoke with Barbara Hardemon about the contribution, De Yurre said, “no.”

When asked if the Bilzin Sumberg contributions were tied to their work on the Calusa Golf Course matter, De Yurre said, “no comment” and ended the call.

Who asked for the Better Leadership contributions? Why did Miami lawyers give their hard earned cash to a Broward PAC? Giving money to a Better Leadership is perfectly legal, so why is it so hard to recall the specifics from one month ago?

Attorney David Winker, who represents residents opposed to the Calusa redevelopment plans, did not seem shocked by the contributions. “Listen, Commissioners [Joe] Martinez and [Sally] Heyman openly spoke about knowing that the fix was in,” Winker said. “Democracy is not working when Commissioners are openly speaking about the fact that the hearing is a waste of time because approval was a foregone conclusion.”

Winker said Commissioner should disclose any money received before they vote. “At the end of the day, everyone in favor of this was paid,” Winker said.

Calls to the Better Leadership political committee went unanswered.

Do Broward voters want this Miami style of government coming here?

Is the Hardemon family really offering Better Leadership to Broward residents?

Elberg Mike Gelin Opened A Political Committee And Immediately Started Violating Campaign Finance Rules

Elberg Mike Gelin, center.

Taking a page from the Team Holness playbook, Tamarac Commissioner Elberg Mike Gelin (D-Bully) opened a political committee and almost immediately started violating State of Florida elections rules. State election records show Elberg Mike Gelin opened The Black Vote PC in August 2020. These records show Gelin received his first “fail to file” letter in September 2020.

Records show Gelin enlisted the help of the Haber Blank law firm of Fort Lauderdale to form the political committee. REDBROWARD just reported on Haber Blank’s involvement in funding the Nikki Fried political committee, Florida Consumers First. However, just three weeks after the creation of the Gelin committee, Haber Blank was replaced by Tamarac attorney Shaheewa Jarrett as the registered agent.

Between September 2020 and July 2021, Gelin received twenty-five “fail to file” letters from the Florida Division of Elections. In an effort to create transparency, all candidates and political committees are required to report money raised and spent on a regular basis, usually monthly. Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin repeatedly failed to make the required disclosures.

During the same time period, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin received five letters regarding reports being sent late.

In November 2020, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin was forced to pay a $100 fine for his late reporting.

In March 2021, Gelin received a letter from the State of Florida that letters were returned by the U.S. Post Office. Days later, Chairman Elberg Mike Gelin provided a Sunrise address to the State of Florida.

The Black Vote PC lists no expenditures and only one contribution since its creation. In October 2020, the Gelin political committee received a $2,000 contribution from Gelin Benefits Group, Inc.

And this guy controls taxpayers money in Tamarac?

And this guy controls health insurance benefits for Broward government employees?

Will Gelin disclose future contributions raised by his political committee?

Elberg Mike Gelin is not a stickler when it comes to disclosing information to his fellow commissioners and Tamarac voters.

What will Gelin use the political committee money for? Will he use it to punish politicians that refuse to follow his “collective agenda?”

Tamarac voters deserve answers.

Resistance Is Futile?