The United States Supreme Court just issued a 6-3 decision in DOBBS v. JACKSON allowing individual States to determine their own abortion laws.
Here are some reactions from Florida politicians:
“The Supreme Court has returned the power to regulate abortion to the states. Now we need a pro-life plan for post-Roe America.”—Senator Marco Rubio
“The decision to strike down #RoeVsWade is extremely dangerous and tragic. I’m sick and tired of our basic, fundamental right to privacy being politicized. Because of today’s ruling, women will be forced to put their lives on the line, victims of rape and incest will be forced into pregnancy, and we cannot say we control our own bodies in this country. Our daughters and granddaughters have lost a right we fought so hard to protect. But let me be clear: Despite today’s decision, this fight is far from over.”—Congresswoman Val Demmings
“We will not roll back our rights. Let me say it again, so we’re clear. 🗣WE WILL NOT ROLL BACK OUR RIGHTS!”—Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus McCormick
“This decision will have devastating impacts on women in Florida and across our country as nearly 50 years of constitutional protections for abortion come to an end.”—Nikki Fried
“This is an important ruling for the sovereignty of our individual states. Our office will continue working to defend state laws that protect life.”— FL Attorney General Ashley Moody
Stop us if this sounds familiar. A shady political action committee (PAC), started by operatives of Congressional candidate Dale Holness, paid big bucks to companies tied to Dale Holness operatives. Federal records show Kayla Butler, a Palm Beach yoga instructor, formed the “Prosperity For All People” political committee in October 2019. While paperwork for the committee claimed the committee was located at a Boca Raton Pak Mail store, a scan of the envelope lists its address as 4325 West Sunrise Blvd in Plantation.
This is the address of Dale Holness’ All Broward Realty company as well as the address of his campaign office.
Before it’s “administrative termination” by the Federal Elections Commission in February 2021, Prosperity For All People raised $24,000 from seventeen contributions.
Prosperity For All People’s only expenditure came nine months later. The committee reported a $15,000 payment to All Priority Consulting, Inc. located at The UPS Store on University Drive in Lauderhill.
According to State Corporation records, All Priority Consulting, Inc. was formed in July 2020 by Karlisle Williamson Jr.
While its latest filing with the State of Florida uses the same Lauderhill UPS Store as its address, when first formed, All Priority Consulting used a different location.
Paperwork filed in July 2020 states All Priority Consulting was located at 5523 Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth, Florida.
TEAM HOLNESS: STRONGER TOGETHER?
REDBROWARD previously reported on Kayla Butler’s role in forming political committees tied to Dale Holness. On July 20, 2020, Butler, a paid intern on Dale Holness 2016 Broward Commission campaign, filed paperwork forming the Stronger Together Florida political with the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. According to the documents, the political committee is located at home on Barnstead Circle in Lake Worth, Florida. The telephone number for the committee is (754) 444-6117.
The telephone number for Stronger Together Florida is also found in State records regarding third party groups conducting voter registrations. The number is listed for “All Consulting And Marketing, Inc.” which conducted voter registration drives at 4325 W. Sunrise Blvd in Plantation since May, 2019.
Once again, this is the same address for All Broward Realty, Inc, a real estate company owned by Dale Holness.
According to the State third party voter registration records and State corporate records, All Consulting And Marketing Inc. is owned by Richelle Holness, the daughter of Broward Mayor Dale Holness.
State license records show Richelle Holness is a licensed real estate agent at All Broward Realty.
Last year, REDBROWARD called Richelle Holness to ask about her ties to these political committees.
After confirming she was Richelle Holness, she said, “You know you’re calling Richelle. I don’t know why you’re calling me.” After advising Holness that her telephone number was listed in the documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections, we asked what was the purpose of the PAC. Holness said, “You can look it up on FEC [Federal Elections Committee] or whatever.”
When asked if she knew Kayla Butler, Holness said, “Thank you for your time, goodbye” and hung up.
OMAR SMITH & THE LADY ON BARNSTEAD CIRCLE
REDBROWARD later revealed that the house at 5523 Barnstead Circle was the home of Dale Holness’ ex-wife, Ann. Within hours of the publication of our story, Omar Smith called REDBROWARD. Smith begged us to removed Holness’ ex-wife name from the story. He claimed she played no role in politics. While speaking to Smith, a angry female voice could be heard yelling at him.
ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT & SHERIFF GREGORY TONY
In addition to Butler’s Prosperity For All People, All Priority Consulting received money from other political committees involved in Broward elections. REDBROWARD exposed how funds from a committee supporting Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony were funneled to Holness operatives. Broward First was a political committee supporting Tony’s election in 2020.
In the weeks surrounding the August 2020 primary, the Parkland-based Broward First political committee sent $36,750 to two different political committees in Fort Lauderdale. On July 27, 2020 Broward First made a $16,000 contribution to the Young Professionals For Florida political committee. On August 25, 2020 Broward First made a $20,750 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.
On July 27, 2020, Young Professionals For Florida made a $16,000 contribution to the South Florida Accountability Project.
On that very day, Karlisle Williamson Jr. created All Priority Consulting, Inc., State corporation records show.
Less than a month later, the South Florida Accountability Project paid $15,000 to All Priority Consulting.
On August 12, 2020 the money was refunded to the political committee. It was repaid to All Priority Consulting on August 13, 2020.
On September 2, 2020, the South Florida Accountability Project paid $20,000 to A Star For I, Inc. As REDBROWARD reported on numerous occasions. A Star For I, Inc. is owned and operated by Dale Holness campaign guru Omar M. Smith.
Last week, Federal prosecutors charged Omar Smith with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud to fraudulently obtain a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. Smith received a $215,500 PPP loan for his A Star For I company.
One shady political committee based at Dale Holness’ real estate office. Another PAC based at his ex-wife’s home. And, a political consulting company located at the ex-wife’s home as well. Huge paydays for Omar Smith.
Earlier this week, REDBROWARD revealed All Consulting Broward, a company owned by Richelle Holness, was paid $350,000 in 2020 for GOTV consulting by the Democratic Executive Committee of Florida.
Why was so much money money being paid to operatives and companies tied to Dale Holness during the election of 2020?
Elberg Mike Gelin wants to be the next mayor of Tamarac so why did he need Dale Holness’ help passing city ordinances? At last week’s poorly attended Holness For Congress campaign kickoff in Plantation, Dale Holness thanked his “good friend” Elberg Mike Gelin for showing up (late) to endorse his second campaign for the CD 20 seat. Holness said Gelin “worked to put many of the things we have built in Broward County into practice.” The former Broward County Commissioner said he and Gelin “collaborated over time.”
Elberg Mike Gelin called Dale Holness an “excellent leader” and his “mentor.” Gelin said Holness gave his “support in getting ordinances passed in Tamarac to benefit the minority community” such as a “disparity study to help women owned small businesses and black owned businesses” and making Juneteenth a paid city holiday.
Just one question: Why was Dale Holness interfering in Tamarac politics at all?
While serving as a Broward County Commissioner, Dale Holness represented the residents of District 9. Holness’ district was comprised of parts of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Oakland Park, Plantation and Sunrise.
Dale Holness did not represent Tamarac residents.
But as REDBROWARD exposed over the last year, Team Holness tried to control all facets of Tamarac government. Both Gelin and fellow Commissioner Marlon Bolton (D-Clown) are close allies of Dale Holness.
Former interim City Attorney Hans Ottinot recently represented Holness in an ethics matter in Tallahassee.
Dale Holness’ commission aide, Anthony Bonamy, operates the fake news Tamarac Post website which regularly attacks opponents of Gelin and Bolton.
“THEY SPEND A LOT OF MONEY”
Curiously, Elberg Mike Gelin brought up his failed “disparity study” plan at the Holness event. In late February, Mayor Michelle Gomez and Tamarac Commissioners rejected Gelin’s $300,000 disparity study.
REDBROWARD exposed how Gelin’s wife, Shaheewa Jarret Gelin pushed for a costly disparity study to help her fledgling Black Chamber of Commerce on a podcast hosted by Ann Marie Sorrell, a relative of Dale Holness. Ms. Sorrell was one of the consultants seeking $300,000 from Tamarac taxpayers.
Sorrell was probably listening when Mrs. Gelin told her that “[Tamarac] spend[s] a lot of money!”
Dale Holness does not care about Tamarac taxpayers. Team Holness needs Tamarac votes because parts of the city lie within Congressional District CD 20. Last November, Holness was defeated by Sheila Cherfilus McCormick. Holness needs Gelin and Bolton’s help fooling Tamarac voters to pick him this August.
Do Tamarac voters really want a Holness puppet like Elberg Mike Gelin as mayor?
Take a peek over at Lauderhill. Before getting elected as County Commissioner, Dale Holness served on the Lauderhill Commission.
Holness will use Gelin and Bolton to remake Tamarac. Do Tamarac residents want the Dale Holness makeover?