Yesterday I reported on campaign reports but the real money is in the PAC's. The PAC helping Mayor Carlos Gimenez added $350,850 this cycle bringing its total collected to $1,997,221. That is misleading though, because much of that was spent on the campaign against Julio Robaina. Common Sense Now has collected $944,655 since the June 28th election of the Mayor. Mayor Gimenez has almost $700 thousand in his campaign report, about a quarter of a million less than the PAC has to spend on his campaign.
Most interesting of the PAC's donations is from Protect Florida's Eco Freedom out of Tampa. They gave $25,000. Folks when it sounds like it is good -- IT ISN'T! Genting gave $25,000 to this PAC 10/31/2011. That's funny, same amount!
Protect Florida also gave $37,000 to Citizen Action, Inc. in Coral Gables. That is Keith Donner. Wow, this gets stranger and stranger, he worked against Gimenez in the last election. Citizens Action, Inc. Got lots of money from The Democracy Project, Inc. and that is again, Keith Donner. That PAC got money from Century Home Builders (Sergio Pino) and Genting but more importantly, $80,000 from CGC Financial, LLC out of Delaware. Why are they giving Keith Donner's PAC money? But I digress. Leon Advertising & PR gave Common Sense $30,000. The president of that Corporation is Julio Mendez.
Joe Martinez's PAC, Get it Done, raised $213,750 this cycle for a total of $271,500. This cycle his campaign raised $111,774.50, almost half as much. The PAC helping Joe got a lot of money from Century Home Builders, i.e. Sergio Pino (I thought he was broke). This PAC also got a $100,000 donation from Citizens for a Better Miami Dade. I believe this is Eduardo Rivero. There is a Citizens for a Better Miami Dade County, Inc. This one is formed by Stephen Cody, Natacha's Seijas' boy. Pedro Diaz and Federico Garcia are the officers. The address of the Corporation is a small single family home owned by Manuel Rivero. Police dummy Corp.? They did have a dummy set up the Corp. It is a non-profit, can they give all that money legally? Something is not kosher here.
Friends of Law Enforcement gave $10,000 to Get it Done and Cemex gave $8,500. Here we have that Leon Advertising & PR showing up again giving $15,000 to Joe's PAC. Covering the bases?
Another Pac gave $10,000 to Get it Done: Community Leadership PAC out of Virginia. NCL America and Holland America are the only 2 contributors to them in 2012. Krome Grove Investors gave $5,000. That is Ed Easton who owns a big hunk of land outside the UDB.