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Andrew Gillum Campaign Paid $157,500 To Company Owned By Dale Holness’ Daughter But Used Address For Oklahoma Company With Similar Name

Dale Holness
Gillum paid $157,500 to All Consulting and Marketing

In 2018, Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum made two large payments to a company owned by the daughter of then Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness but listed the address of an Oklahoma company with a similar sounding name, election records show. Gillum, the former Mayor of Tallahassee, lost to the race to Ron DeSantis. Dale Holness played a vital role in the Gillum campaign in Broward.

Dale Holness’ real estate office in Plantation was transformed into Gillum campaign headquarters. As REDBROWARD previously reported, Holness and daughter Damara Holness filmed campaign videos for Gillum inside the office. Project Veritas even recorded undercover video of Holness campaign guru Omar Smith working inside the office. And REDBROWARD spoke with Smith during a Gillum campaign rally in the parking lot of Holness’ office.

Dale Holness with daughter Damara Holness in 2018
Project Veritas recorded Omar Smith working for Gillum inside Dale Holness’ office

Damara wasn’t the only Holness daughter involved in the Gillum campaign. According to State of Florida elections records, the Gillum campaign made two payments to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. State corporate records show the company was formed in January 2018 by Richelle Holness.

On November 2, 2018, the Gillum campaign made a $37,000 payment to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. Then, on December 7, 2018, Gillum made a $120,500 payment to All Consulting and Marketing Inc. Both payments were made for “research” by the company.

State of Florida records show All Consulting And Marketing Inc is based in Wellington, Florida. However, the Gillum campaign reports claim All Consulting and Marketing Inc is located at “1718 South Cheyenne” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

ABSOLUTELY ISN’T ME OR MY FIRM

There is a company located at 1718 South Cheyenne Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ALL Consulting performs environmental engineering work and consulting. And it is not owned by Richelle Holness.

REDBROWARD spoke with ALL Consulting founder and CEO Dan Arthur. When asked if his company performed any work for Andrew Gillum, Arthur said, “It absolutely isn’t me or my firm.” Arthur said his firm never performed research for any Florida candidate.

So how did $157,500 payment to a firm owned by Richelle Holness get the address of an Oklahoma engineering firm?

As REDBROWARD reported yesterday, the use of wrong addresses seems to plague companies and political committees tied to TEAM HOLNESS.

What kind of “research” did Rochelle Holness perform for Andrew Gillum.

What kind of “research” is worth $157,500?

Andrew Gillum. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. The Democratic Executive Committee of Florida. Why are these candidates and organizations paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to entities tied to Dale Holness?

What magic does Dale Holness claim to perform during Broward elections? Why didn’t this magic work for his bid for U.S. Congress?

Broward residents deserve answers, right?

Broward Teachers Union Gave $155K To Shadowy Group Tied To SEIU And Voter Registration Fraud

In the run up to the August 2018 primary, State campaign records show a Broward Teachers Union (BTU) political committee paid $125,000 to a shadowy political group tied to the SEIU and a major voter registration fraud case in Indiana. The Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco and her leadership team worked hard to convince voters to pass a property tax increase which would benefit the Broward School District. BTU worked just as hard to maintain the status quo on the Broward School Board by backing Board Members Donna Korn and Laurie Rich Levinson.

Since 2013, the Broward Teachers Union Committee On Political Education has been funded by union dues paid by local teachers. The State of Florida shows 48 of the 53 contributions made to the committee were from membership dues. By 2018, someone realized these small amounts would not be enough to get the tax increase passed. This year, the BTU committee received five large contributions.

Less than two weeks before the August primary, the Broward Teachers Union Committee On Political Education received $60,000 from the FEA (Florida Education Association), $10,000 from NFOPAPE (National Federation Of Public And Private Employees) and $75,000 from AFT (American Federation Of Teachers). The majority of the contributions were used to pay a shadowy political group based in Washington, D.C.

Campaign records show the BTU committee made three payments in August to The Operations Group. On August 10, 2018, The Operations Group was paid $30,000 for a “field program.” Ten days later, BTU gave them a $60,000 “contribution for issue.” Then on August 27th, The Operations Group received a $35,809 payment for “mail drops.”

After putting $250,000 of its own money into the PAC in October, the BTU committee gave another $30,000 to The Operations Group. The BTU committee said the money was an “expenditure to support issue.”

“GHOST COMPANIES”

Even though records show the company is based in Washington, D.C., The Operations Group was founded in July 2017 by Bernard “Blair” Talmadge of Philadelphia. Talmadge is the brother of former Philadelphia City Commissioner Alexander Talmadge. According to records and published reports, Talmadge operates two other groups: Block By Block and The Ardleigh Group. Nevada corporate records show Talmadge is the manager of The Ardleigh Group.

In April 2017, a “scathing audit” was conducted into the Washington DC City Council campaign of Brandon Todd. According to the Washington City Paper, investigators looked into $134,000 of expenses Todd failed to report. Investigators from the Office Of Campaign Finance focused on, “trio of expenditures…to a firm called Block By Block at an address in West Trenton, New Jersey.” Just months before a 2015 special election, Brandon Todd’s campaign “paid more than $100,000 to the company, which has a track record of get-out-the-vote services in New Jersey and a presence in D.C. that seems to have been designed to be difficult to pin down.”

According to City Paper, “Sources say Block By Block and Ardleigh are the political ground operations for a consultant named Matt Schneider, whose firm, Field Strategies…supported progressive organizations, labor unions, and municipal, state, and national candidates all the way up to Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

Schneider said, “Block By Block was founded by a man named Blair Talmadge, a Jersey-based campaign consultant who LL also traced to Philadelphia, and who works on campaigns all around the country. According to Schneider, Block by Block executed the Todd campaign’s voter ID and GOTV efforts designed by Field Strategies, including knocking on doors and making phone calls to D.C. voters.”

In 2016, Raw Story detailed The Ardleigh Group’s role with the SEIU.

During a Richmond, Virginia speech by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, nearly 100 field organizers protested their treatment by the SEIU.

For months, organizers in SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign have been working with the Union of Union Representatives to demand representation. Currently, nearly 100 staff at SEIU are unionized under a contract with UUR that began 30 years ago. UUR launched an investigation of SEIU in 2015 and found it was outsourcing the work of its field organizers in violation of the contract. Earlier this year, many of SEIU’s field organizers formed an organizing committee to gain union representation and in April, 15 organizers submitted UUR membership cards.

The organizers for the SEIU Fight For $15 wanted to be paid $15 an hour. Instead they were paid much less by a third party.

The outsourcing is blatant, the staff organizers claim. Fennell says her job is determined solely by SEIU. “I was hired by a regional director for SEIU. All my communication is with SEIU. I work in an SEIU office.” But her paycheck, like Barajas-Ames’s, comes from the “Ardleigh Group.” One former employee calls it a “faceless, shadowy” corporation that acts as a pass-through to hide employer responsibility. SEIU documents appear to show it using paper outfits to funnel money to the Ardleigh Group, which then pays workers on SEIU projects who say they are being denied their legal union rights.

VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD 2016

In 2016, twelve members of the Indiana Voter Registration Project (IVRP) were arrested on voter registration fraud charges. Authorities said the group registered felons, minors and dead people to vote in the 2016 Presidential election. According to the Indianapolis Star, “The group’s canvassers also made up or forged information on scores of voter registrations, sometimes paying vagrants with cigarettes or pocket change to fill out the forms….”

Official police documents show the IVRP workers were paid by Field Strategies. Police said workers were “pressured” to obtain 10 applications per shift or risk being fired. Detectives said supervisors instructed workers to reach quota “by any means necessary.” According to police, elections officials said applications submitted by IVRP workers contained duplicate information as well as fake Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

Police say records show Field Strategies maintained a database of voter information used by IVRP. Emails show Field Strategies officials monitored progress of the IVRP.

REDBROWARD reached out to Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco to find out what The Operations Group was doing from them. Fusco promised to forward details. We will update story.

With one day before election, troubling questions surround what The Operations Group is doing with $155,000 of BTU money.

How many new voters have been “registered” by The Operations Group?

How many of these new voters already voted in August?

How many new voters for November?

Can Brenda Snipes’ Office be trusted to catch fraudulent voter registrations?

Does anyone care?