|Boletera Marta Campos talking to a Private Investigator Offering access to the elderly for a fee.|
The scheme begins with the $3 million in campaign and PAC contributions that Gimenez has amassed from lobbyists, consultants, contractors and political gadflys.
The monies are funneled through Rafael Garcia Toledo through Gimenez's campaign manager Jesse Manzano and they are distributed to a cottage industry through ballot brokers such as Jose Luis Castillo, Al Lorenzo, etc.
Every area of the county is covered by the absentee ballot brokers who pay cash to a cast of "boleteras" and "phone bank operators" who by now have secured rights at every elderly care facility, lunch hall and elderly activity center.
The true crime occurs when the elderly, the mentally ill and infirmed are "assisted" by these unscrupulous boleteras to vote for Gimenez and whomever else is listed on their preferred ballot slates. The ballots are then transported back in bundles (in violation of county ordinance) to Gimenez's "campaign offices" and eventually dropped in the mail assuring a Gimenez win.
How prevalent is this crime you may ask? Gimenez's own county employee Dottie Vazquez is a ballot broker who is alleged to have collected hundreds of ballots in 2012. That is how she "earned" her county job and now works directly under Gimenez as a member of his office.
Marta Campos, a suspected Boletera talking to a private investigator, is alleged to have said she is being paid to collect ballots for Carlos Gimenez - among others. It is alleged that Dottie Vazquez campaigns for Carlos Gimenez on company time, is on his office payroll and is also was in charge of Absentee ballot collection for Gimenez in 2012.
This cottage industry makes our vote our vote worthless because elections are already won and lost by the time we go to the precincts. We suffer because our tax dollars are spent to ensure Gimenez's benefactors receive sweetheart county contracts.
The Boletrs only admitted getting money from DelRey.