Cheryl Shuman likes to be called the Martha Stewart of marijuana. She runs the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club out of L.A., which sells one of the first designer brands of pot. Her product runs $750 an ounce and comes wrapped in 14-carat gold. New customers often get star treatment: Chefs will come to t ... More >>
Misrepresenting your tax exempt status when dealing with the public and public officials? Not cool. Having the IRS make whole your puffery after the fact? Priceless. Just ask the folks at the Living Arts Foundation -- the Florida non-profit that is sponsoring the Benzaiten Center for the Arts, a $1. ... More >>
He's baaaaaaack! Allen West, the outspoken Palm Beach Gardens Tea Party Republican congressman who lost his reelection bid late last year, has shuffled hundreds of thousands of dollars in leftover campaign money to seed the Allen West Foundation and American Legacy Guardians.
"Fuck me open like a prayer book," the poet declaimed, setting down his guitar to recite. It was Sunday evening on the grounds of an aging, pink/orange stucco home in a Lake Worth immigrant neighborhood, and the Monkeywrench Cafe--a one-time-only affair--was drawing to a close. The first in series o ... More >>
Congressman Allen West's campaign isn't paying its taxes.The question, however, is if it owes any. A review of campaign finance disclosure documents shows West has spent well over $300,000 since the beginning of 2012 on consulting, staffers, and costs directly associated with his staff. But, while D ... More >>
Many blogs have already been written of Congressman Allen West's Friday announcement that he'd raised well over $2 million between April and the end of June. What we didn't know until Sunday afternoon, however, was how he spent it. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission reveal West too ... More >>
Remember 2010, when the Medicare scooter-riding lunatic fringe of the Republican Party swept to power? Two years later, the people who gave you Allen West and Michele Bachman have stopped making daily headlines, but their influence is still strong.Billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch, the s ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money in the 2010 governor's race. When asked in April if he'd be cutting more checks for reelection in 2014, he responded, simply, "I won't have to... I don't know what it will cost, but we'll have the money to win."And if the donations to his "Let's Get ... More >>
The Allen West fundraising machine lumbers on.Last month, he formed a joint fundraising committee with Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, who likes using phrases like "walk up the hill of liberty" and is a fellow fan of calling Barack Obama a Marxist. This month, it's a different Georgia congressman -- Lynn W ... More >>
Last month, MAOS blogger (and new Sunshine Brigade member) Chaz Stevens submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission after we questioned whether Rep. Connie Mack's $18,000 postcard "mistake" actually constituted an illegal campaign contribution.Mack, who today announced an endorseme ... More >>
MAOS blogger and professional filer-of-complaints Chaz Stevens says he submitted a formal complaint to the Federal Elections Commission yesterday in connection with our coverage of Congressman Connie Mack's illegal campaign mailer incident.
Republican Senate candidate Connie Mack has had to deal with a bit of drama the past few days. And the check pictured above could mean that the drama isn't over.The trouble started when Mack, who bills himself a fighter of liberal "spending sprees," decided to spend a pile of federal money ($18,000 ... More >>
The Allen West national fundraising machine got a new arm yesterday, when the South Florida congressman filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to form a joint fundraising committee with Georgia Rep. Paul Broun.The "Broun-West Committee" was listed on a revised statement of candidacy from W ... More >>
Florida Congressman Connie Mack hasn't been using his real name. Not in Federal Election Commission filings, not in his Congressional bio, not in federal financial disclosure documents. Even on forms that ask for "Full Name" or "Name of Candidate (in full)," he writes -- and later signs -- "Connie M ... More >>
Say what you will about Allen West as a legislator; as a fundraiser, there's no doubting that he's very, very good. Finance documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday complete a picture of 2011 fundraising that reveals he's raised about $5.8 million so far in the elect ... More >>
A cell phone company is jumping into the fight for District 22.Credo Mobile was founded in the '80s as a long-distance phone service that sent 1 percent of customer charges to "further the causes of human rights, women's rights, peace, environmentalism and an entire progressive agenda." The found ... More >>
Though the new Florida congressional district lines haven't been finalized, candidates for office in what will be the new 27th District are starting to mobilize -- former Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who was booted out of his District 8 office in 2010, raised more than half a million dollars bet ... More >>
Broward Teachers UnionPat SanteramoPat Santeramo, president of the Broward Teacher's Union, is currently under investigation by the Broward State Attorney's Office and the Broward Sheriff's Office, according to a spokesman from the State Attorney's Office.Additionally, a spokesman from the Browar ... More >>
Rep. Allen West's campaign submitted its quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission at the end of the week, and he scored a few grand from the political action committees of a few companies that think it's a good idea to keep West in office, including Bailout Bank of America and Hall ... More >>
herrodooky.tumblr.comPresident Obama's reelection campaign released its list of 351 volunteer fundraisers who have helped him rake in the big bucks -- more than $50,000 -- with 29 of them coming from Florida and eight of them from either Broward or Palm Beach counties.None of the GOP presidential ... More >>
Rep. Allen WestThe Democratic opponents to Rep. Allen West have ranked among the top fundraisers of all the congressional challengers during this election cycle -- and they're still getting drowned by the cash coming into the campaign of the Tea Party titan.West's campaign announced today that he ... More >>
Patrick MurphyThe campaign of Democrat Patrick Murphy -- who hopes to take on Rep. Allen West in the 2012 election -- announced today that candidate Murphy has raised $1.1 million in his bid for the congressional seat.Murphy, who raised more money in the first two quarters than any other congress ... More >>
Lois FrankelShortly after we posted the announcement from the Patrick Murphy campaign about the hopeful Democratic challenger raising $313,000 last quarter -- $1.1 million total -- we got word from the camp of Lois Frankel, the other Democrat in the race, striking back.Frankel's campaign announce ... More >>
Murphy for CongressPatrick MurphyAfter yesterday's story that 2012 congressional candidate Patrick Murphy was the only recipient of campaign contributions from former Gov. Charlie Crist for this election cycle, we've discovered that Murphy also donated to Crist's failed U.S. Senate bid.According ... More >>
Murphy for CongressPatrick MurphyFormer Gov. Charlie Crist certainly has plenty of friends and enemies across Florida, but we now know who he's a fan of in the 2012 elections: congressional candidate Patrick Murphy.Murphy -- a Democrat who's touted having the highest fundraising totals of any con ... More >>
Rep. Allen West: Hypocrite.President Barack Obama raised a record-setting amount of cash for his reelection campaign last quarter -- $86 million.Rep. Allen West decided to call out Obama on Twitter, saying, "Congratulations to our POTUS on his record setting fundraising- but I must know, how ... More >>
illinoisstate.eduJust days after the U.S. Supreme Court found Arizona's matching-funds campaign law unconstitutional, a Florida federal court judge halted a similar provision in this state.The issue, unsurprisingly, was brought up in a lawsuit by then-candidate Rick Scott, who said his right ... More >>
Now that President Obama has named Bill Daley, a JPMorgan Chase chairman whose loudest pronouncements over the past months have been to ridicule Obama's signature accomplishments -- as his chief of staff, it should be perfectly clear: Washington and big business go together like bread and butter. ... More >>
Photo: brianreillyforcongress.netReilly's candidacy made him a friend of GOP luminaries like Michele Bachmann.Brian Reilly has talked tough during the early part of his 2010 congressional campaign, launching the slogan "Fire Debbie Wasserman Schultz." But the April 30 candidate filing deadline ca ... More >>
Flickr: Akfirebug"If you want us to deice the steps, Madame Governor, it'll cost another 7-grand."In March, a political action committee for Sarah Palin twice [SEE NOTE BELOW] spent $7,321 to deice her private jet after it had landed at a Fort Lauderdale aiport, according to Federal Elections Com ... More >>
Flickr: Jeremy JohnstoneFor campaigning politicians, cash is better by the bundle.As word spread that Scott Rothstein's associates might be charged in the federal investigation for circumventing campaign finance laws, it must have made a whole lot of Broward folks anxious. If you work for a devel ... More >>
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He's raised a lot of money in his bid for the Senate, but from whom?
A Hollywood man has spent the past decade trying to pry open the Seminoles' accounting books -- without much success
Long hours. Low pay. Hardly any rights. It's the life of Palm Beach County's hidden underclass: migrant farm workers.