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“Laser-Like Focus On Ethics?”Broward School Board Candidate Allen Zeman Funding Mysterious “Keep Students First” PAC

Allen Zeman Talks A Good Game About Transparency

The Sun-Sentinel wrote Broward School Board candidate Allen Zeman’s “laser-like focus on ethics is what the school board needs.” Apparently the school board also needs a mysterious political action committee known as “Keep Students First.” Records show this PAC is funded by the Washington D.C. company founded by Allen Zeman. Hoping to unseat incumbent School Board Member Donna Korn, Zeman preaches his platform of “transparency and ethical standards” to concerned parents and newspaper editors. So, why is he funding a PAC with big bucks from his Center For Human Capital Innovation?

On April 5, 2022, Allen Zeman announced his candidacy for the At-large District 8 Broward School Board seat. His official campaign paperwork lists his Fort Lauderdale home as his campaign address. These official documents list Yolanda Brown of Brown Financial Consultants as Zeman’s campaign treasurer.

According to State elections records, Yolanda Brown created the Keep Students First political committee on May 27, 2022. Brown is listed as the chairperson and treasurer of Keep Students First. The address for the committee is the same Fort Lauderdale address as Yolanda Brown’s Fort Lauderdale financial business.

Allen Zeman is the CEO and founder of The Center For Human Capital Innovation. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, the company performs contact work for numerous Federal government agencies. Zeman is currently listed as the CEO on the company website.

On May 31, 2022, the Center For Human Capital Innovation gave $35,000 to the four day old Keep Students First political committee.

On June 28, 2022, Keep Students First picked up a $30,000 contribution from MCBICO Holdings of Palm Beach Gardens. State records show MCBICO Holdings is owned by 411 Pain founder Robert Lewin.

On July 13, 2022, another political committee, One Positive Step, gave $20,000 to Keep Students First. The chairman of One Positive Step is Merick Lewin, the nephew of Robert Lewin. Earlier this month, Merick Lewin dropped out of the Broward School Board District 6 race.

According to State elections records, One Positive Step stated the address for Keep Students First was a home on Northeast 19th Street in Fort Lauderdale. Property records and campaign records confirm this is address of Allen Zeman’s home.

In June, Keep Students First paid $7,500 to Renaissance Campaign Strategies of Tampa. This company part of Mercury Public Affairs. Zeman is reportedly using Ashley Walker as his campaign manager. Walker is a partner at Mercury.

Election records show Keep Students First paid $39,733.87 on July 15, 2022 to National Campaign Research Group. This company produces mail pieces for candidates and political committees.

In April, The Center For Human Capital Innovation gave the maximum $1,000 contribution to Allen Zeman. Candidates have no limit when it comes to loaning money to their own campaigns. As of July, Allen Zeman has loaned $99,000 to his campaign.

On July 13, 2022 Zeman paid nearly $46,000 to Image Plus for mailers that just hit Broward mailboxes. These mailers are light and fluffy pieces with pictures of Zeman and his supporters along with his words promising “transparency.”

What will those Keep Students First mailers say? Shouldn’t someone who claims to have “ethical standards” say it in their own name?

REDBROWARD asked Allen Zeman about Keep Students First.

When reached by telephone, Zeman stated he needed to discuss things with someone before he could answer. He asked if we could email the questions. We emailed him eleven questions

We asked Zeman if he formed Keep Students First or instructed Yolanda Brown to form the committee. We asked how he and his company knew about the committee just days after it was formed. We asked if he approved the $35,000 contribution from Center For Human Capital Innovation. We asked about the other donors. We asked about the mailers. We asked Zeman about Neil Sterling.

Here is the response from Allen Zeman:

I am aware of Keep Students First. It was formed to elect a Broward County school board that is fully focused on students, which is needed now more than ever. And I have supported their efforts in accordance with Florida elections law.

Allen Zeman

Formed by who? Why are these do-gooders who know how to fix the Broward School Board hiding behind a PAC?

Not very transparent, eh?

N.B. The Sun-Sentinel, which endorsed Allen Zeman, published a story today about the money “fueling” the Broward School Board races. They did not find Keep Students First.

Photographs Show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Inside Maryland Home Owned By Her Family

On Wednesday, US Congressional candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick told REDBROWARD she never lived with her husband and children in a Maryland home owned by her family. She claimed to have always lived with her parents in their Miramar home, even after her September 2017 wedding. But numerous photographs posted on her Facebook account shows Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick inside the Maryland home located just outside Washington D.C.

REDBROWARD reported Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents bought a home in Anne Arundel county in 2016. Less than a year later, the property was transferred to a corporation located at Cherfilus-McCormick’s parents home in Miramar. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick admitted that her husband and children live at the Maryland house. She even revealed that her sister lived in the same house.

Now, REDBROWARD has obtained photographs Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted on her Facebook account showing her inside the Gambrills, Maryland house.

On December 25, 2020, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted a Christmas morning photograph showing her family posing in their pajamas. The family is gathered on their staircase. A comparison with photographs on a real estate website shows the photograph was snapped inside the Gambrills, Maryland home.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick and family in their Maryland home.
Photograph of Gambrills home owned by Sheila Cherfilus-MCormick’s family.

On Thanksgiving 2020, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick posted a photograph of herself with her husband in their kitchen. A comparison with the real estate website photographs appears to confirm the picture of the McCormick’s was snapped in the kitchen of the Gambrills, Maryland home owned by her family.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick
Photo of the kitchen inside the Gambrills, Maryland home

A November 2019 photograph of Cherfilus-McCormick and her husband also appears to be taken inside the Maryland house.

Since 2018, Facebook posts show Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in the Washington D.C. area. These include multiple visits to the Haitian embassy. Cherfilus-McCormick and her husband posted pictures from other Washington D.C. events. One “blackmail” photo shows the couple attending a bridal show in the D.C. area. A Youtube video shows Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick sitting in the front row as her husband models a tuxedo.

Is Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick just making quick visits to Washington D.C. without staying at the home owned by her family?

Did Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick pose for holiday photos with her family in Maryland and fly home the same day? During a pandemic?