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Broward Democrat Lobbyist/Consultant Barbara Miller Worked For FTX

James Fox Miller Facebook post
Barbara Miller, center, with brother Joe Bankman at FTX event.
Sam Bankman-Fried, Joe Bankman and Barbara Miller.

According to her husband, Democrat lobbyist and Broward School Board whisperer Barbara Miller worked for the troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX. Two weeks ago, REDBROWARD revealed Miller is the aunt of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. Miller and her brother Joe Bankman played pivotal roles in the development of the 2022 FTX Hackathon And Crypto Summit which promised a $1,000,000 prize to Broward school students.

In a February 26, 2022 Facebook post, Miller’s husband, attorney James Fox Miller trumpeted news that Sam Bankman-Fried offered a $25 payment to residents of Ukraine who opened an FTX account. Then, Fox Miller confirmed his wife’s role in her nephew’s company. James Fox Miller wrote:

“Barbara is working for FTX and really enjoying it. Her goal in life has always been to leave the world a little better than she found it. Sam is doing it big-time.”

Two weeks ago, the new CEO of FTX announced the company was halting donations by the FTX Foundation Group amid “questions about legitimacy.” Marketwatch reported, “The senior staff of Bankman-Fried’s philanthropic FTX Future Fund publicly quit Thursday night, saying that the fund could no longer operate or process grants, and that they ‘have fundamental questions about the legitimacy and integrity of the business operations that were funding the FTX Foundation and the Future Fund.’”

What role did Barbara Miller play at FTX?

How much did FTX pay Barbara Miller?

What role did Barbara Miller play in luring Broward schools, local universities and government entities into the FTX web of “philanthropy?”

Broward School Board Candidate Rod Velez Interviewed By FDLE Agents, December Clemency Board Meeting Cancelled

screenshot of Rod Velez at today’s School Board meeting, courtesy Chris Nelson.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents interviewed School Board candidate Rod Velez regarding questions of his eligibility to hold public office, a source tells REDBROWARD. According to the longtime source, Velez discussed an oath he signed months ago affirming he could hold public office. Velez, a convicted felon, admits he never sought restoration of his civil rights before running for office.

According to the source, Velez claimed he relied upon the advice of his campaign manager Barabra Miller. Velez was allegedly told taking the oath of office to join the Broward School Board on Tuesday would constitute perjury, a third degree felony.

Velez was not sworn into office at today’s ceremony.

Velez did attend the board meeting later in the day. REDBROWARD reached Velez at the meeting.

When asked about the FDLE interview, Velez said, “Let me check with my attorney.” As of press time, neither Velez nor his attorney contacted REDBROWARD.

The path for Velez to take a seat on the Broward School Board continues to narrow. Earlier today, Velez told WLRN, “The state has everything they need to hit the reset button and process everything.”

While Velez may have finally submitted his application to the state, it will not be heard until next year. REDBROWARD learned the December 14, 2022 clemency board meeting was cancelled yesterday. The December Cabinet meeting was cancelled as well.

The next clemency board meeting is set for January 2023.

According to a rights restoration expert, Velez may be out of luck even if he gets a hearing and his rights restored. The expert said the restoration is effective on the day it is granted. It is not retroactive.

We will update the story if Velez provides comment.