Rick Case's Family Donated $4,000 to Sheriff Al Lamberti's 2008 Campaign, Records Show
Flying high with Rick and Rita.
According to campaign finance records that have belatedly appeared on the Supervisor of Elections' website, Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti received $4,000 in check donations from auto dealer Rick Case and his family members before the 2008 election.
Pulp readers questioned whether Case had been a financial backer for the sheriff when we reported on BSO's efforts to press charges against a TSA agent who says he mistakenly took home Case's $450 pen.
Records from the 2008 election cycle itemize each contribution to Lamberti's overall campaign haul of $785,746.13. Scott Rothstein, then
a cheerful supporter of the sheriff but now an imprisoned liability, gave the state-imposed maximum individual contribution of $500.
But Case and his family seem to have gotten around that limit. In April, the Supervisor of Elections received two $500 donations from Rick and Rita Case. Then, the following month, their children, Ryan and Raquel, made donations of $500 each.
Then, in October -- a month before the election -- records show four more $500 donations from each of the four family members, Rick and Rita this time listing their middle initials. This brought the family's total listed contributions to $4,000.
If the individual family members did, in fact, donate more than $500 total, that would violate Florida's election rules. "A candidate may not accept a contribution in excess of $500 from any one person per election," according to the Florida Department of State.
UPDATE: The Broward Supervisor of Elections Office says the Case family donations were legit. The rules cap donations at $500 for the primary and $500 for the general election, so they stayed within the limits.
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