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Russ Klenet

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    April 6, 2011

    Rise of Anonymous: Former Tallahassee Staffer Tells of Lying, Cheating, and Stealing at Capitol

    Coming up on April 15 is a local conference on political corruption that will have among its speakers dubious former state Sen. Steve Geller, Broward County Judge Ken "Mr. JenJen" Gottlieb, and lobbyist/fake ethics champion Norm Ostrau.With folks like that on board, there should be no shortage of co ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Total Recall: Can It Happen in Broward?

    As we watch the images of the common folks -- and multimillionaire Norman Braman -- celebrating in Miami over the successful recall of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, it's easy to wonder: Can it happen here? Can the people in Broward County dump the co ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Stacy Ritter to Run For Congress Against Allen West?

    ​ Facebook posting from Democratic guy Steve Best from yesterday sent in by an astute reader. Ritter has made grumbling about running for Congress in the past, perhaps in part because her lobbyist-hubbie Russ Klenet shifted his business to D.C. Of course she also expected a position ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Political Money Man Mendelsohn's Sentencing Pushed Back

    Wild art: The first edition of the official Tea Party mag. ​Hollywood lobbyist and political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn won't be sentenced on his federal conspiracy conviction next week after all. The sentencing has been pushed back to April 28, according to court records. Sounds mundane ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Joel Steinger's Ponzi Palace

    Want to live like a Ponzi schemer? Buy Joel Steinger's house. Steinger​Steinger, the felon behind the giant Mutual Benefits viatical scam, is facing federal fraud charges. As I told you this morning, he's on house arrest while he awaits his day in court, assuming it will ever come af ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    UPDATED: Klenet Out in Sunrise

    It appears the controversy regarding the sheriff's absence at a benefit held over the weekend for slain BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka was prompted by miscommunication.  Sheriff Al Lamberti's executive assistant, Don Prichard, explained that the sheriff was asked to be a celebrity judge at the ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    A Ritter Campaign Lie, Illustrated

    Florida Elections Commission ​    Above you see a check written by Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter's 2008 campaign to the Tamarac Cafe Diner for a cool grand. Notice that it was supposed to be for a "campaign event." That notation on the check is the first sign ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ritter and Klenet Kept Eating Out After Campaign Was Over

    Okay, so you're tired of hearing about the Stacy Ritter and Russ Klenet campaign fund, but I just can't quit it yet. Revelations keep coming to the surface. We already have the extravagant dinners, the family phone bills, the dinner in Manchester VT, the bedsheets and pillows from Target, the ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    How Will Russ and Stacy Justify This One?

    Some of the more suspicious expenses Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter and her lobbyist husband Russ Klenet ran up during her controversial 2008 campaign involve "unknown" dinner receipts. There are a few receipts that Ritter turned into the Florida Elections Commission during its inves ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Did Ritter Entertain Obama At The Diplomat With Campaign Money?

    Did Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter use her campaign fund to help her gain sway with the Obama Administration in the hopes of getting a plum job in the White House? People forget that once upon a time it was supposedly a done deal that Mrs. Ritter was headed to Washington. &n ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Dirty Developers Sue City; Ritter on Diplomat Tab: "I Don't Remember"

    Bruce and Shawn Chait paid off a who's who of Broward County public officials to get government approvals for their controversial housing development on two golf courses in Tamarac. ​The father-and-son team bought since-imprisoned Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion a golf ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Mendelsohn Singles Out Klenet During Guilty Plea

    The illicit payments made to former legislator Mandy Dawson had been widely reported, but it is interesting that seedy lobbyist and political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, an eye doctor by trade, singled out Russell Klenet in federal court today. When Mendelsohn pleaded guilty to a fed ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Is Stephanie Kraft Working Off Time?

    It's a question that keeps popping up: Is Stephanie Kraft cooperating with law enforcement? I've never seen anyone so disgraced try to retain such a high profile. She's running around town, claims she's going to beat the nails-hard case against her, and is trying to maintain a presence in scho ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Broward League of Cities Set to Drop Klenet

    The hits keep coming for lobbyist Russ Klenet. As if investigations regarding his work for Mutual Benefits fraudster Joel Steinger, a State Attorney's probe into his Broward County Commissioner wife Stacy Ritter's involvement with dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, and civil charges stemm ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Report: Ritter Used Campaign Cash To Pay For Russ's Lobbyist Phone

    Up a creek​Well, we already had thousands in lavish dinners reimbursed to her lobbyist husband and an unexplained $1600 check to AT&T. Now we know that the Florida Election Commission found that more than $6,000 in phone bill charged to Ritter's 2008 campaign were ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Stacy Ritter Received Thousands in Dubious Campaign Reimbursements Too

    Here's what I don't understand about the Florida Elections Commission investigation of Stacy Ritter: Why weren't there more charges? As I reported yesterday, four of the charges against Ritter pertain to reimbursements made by her 2008 campaign to her lobbyist husband, Russ Klenet, for expensi ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Bombshell: Stacy Ritter's Campaign Fund Fed Hubby's High Life

    Klenet and Ritter​A recently released report from the Florida Elections Commission shows that Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter's 2008 campaign was an utter mess, replete with bookkeeping errors, acceptance of excessive contributions from special interests, failure to report contribu ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Fox Meets Henhouse

    MC Model Citizen's Latest: Rick Headroom​So Florida Governor-Elect Rick Scott named his transition team which was stocked with former Jeb Bush staffers, hardcore state Republicans, and even our own U.S. Sen. George "The Maestro" LeMieux.   Mainigi​The transition t ... More >>

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    August 22, 2010

    Commissioner Ritter's Bunker Mentality

    Stacy Ritter seems to be retreating deeper and deeper into perhaps the only place that takes her seriously as a politician anymore. No it's not her bedroom closet, but a place even more suspended from the real world, a place where voter ignorance isn't a problem but a path to victory.  ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009

    "Stacie" Ritter -- not Stacy Ritter -- Is Hero of the Health-Care Crisis

    That's Stacie Ritter: The Cindy Sheehan of the health-care crisis, she's known some tough times. But this plucky mom is ready to take her fight for health care to the front door of the Cigna CEO's mansion. Meanwhile, Stacy Ritter has a mansion of her own, courtesy her marriage to mega-lobbyist Russ ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    March 5, 2009
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    March 4, 2009

    Russ Klenet Was Owned By Joel Steinger

    We have the latest on lobbyist Russ Klenet, his wife Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter, his former boss Joel Steinger, and the Mutual Benefits fraud saga.        Sun-SentinelThis brand-spanking new article is based largely on a 2007 deposition taken of Klenet during S ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Con Man's Lobbying Dream Team Included Will McKinley

    With his fraudulent viatical company Mutual Benefits coming under fire from state regulators, convicted felon Joel Steinger decided he needed to buy the influence of the state legislature. To do that he first purchased the people who had their ears -- the lobbyists. McKinley: A Man For Sale ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    A Blind Date With Stacy Ritter

    Embattled Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter staged a not-for-media-consumption town hall-style meeting Wednesday at a Tamarac condo community, seeking to sway constituents toward believing her explanation of the Mutual Benefits scandal. Not the version in newspapers and blogs. And it actually seemed ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Sun-Sentinel Insults Joel Steinger

    In the lead story on this morning's local section, the Sun-Sentinel took off its little white glove and slapped Mutual Benefits' mastermind in the face with it. The newspaper reports that the Ponzi scheme called Mutual Benefits poured $1.4 million into political coffers to help keep state ... More >>

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    February 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist Adviser Mendelsohn Tied to Ponzi Scheme

       Hollywood ophthalmologist Alan Mendelsohn is one of Charlie Crist's closest political allies, a leader on the governor's transition team who helped raise Crist and other Republicans huge amounts of cash for their campaigns during the past decade. Mendelsohn may ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Some Mutual Benefits Boys Pose In Colombia

    For those of you following the Mutual Benefits story, here's a photograph to bring some visuals to the table. It was taken in Bogota, Colombia, in 2001, as Mutual Benefits was trying to round up South American investors in what feds say was a billion dollar Ponzi scheme. The ra ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    The Spoils of Ponzi

    Want an 8,500 square foot home on the New River near Las Olas with eight bathrooms and a two-story pool house? Have $9 million? Buy Joel Steinger's house! The owner of scandal-ridden Mutual Benefits Corp. has his house (pictured above) listed for sale ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Mutual Benefits' Joel Steinger: Stacy Ritter 'Can't Seem To Tell The Truth'

    So I got former Mutual Benefits czar and current federal indictee Joel Steinger on the phone this afternoon. I didn't know what to expect from a guy with a past like his, but the Brooklyn-bred Steinger seemed ... laid-back and funny. He said he couldn't answer questions directly, but ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    The Stacy Ritter Corruption Compendium

    After the Miami Herald over the weekend broke a story on yet another Stacy Ritter vote that benefitted the lobbying business of her husband, Russ Klenet, I think it's time we had a one-stop shopping spot for all the alleged misdeeds of the Ritter-Klenets. Because of its length, the post jumps. ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Hits Back At New Times

    Stacy Ritter was interviewed on WFTL 850-AM this morning about the Mutual Benefits scandal -- and she took the time to take a shot at the Pulp host. (Quotes were typed fast, so forgive a typo or two).   "The newspapers are in business to sell ink and if they don't have anything t ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Misleads Herald, Public About Vote Scandal -- UPDATED

    Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter should have just kept her mouth shut. The Miami Herald got a few words out of Ritter regarding her and her husband Russ Klenet's Ponzi scheme/home renovation/voting scandal. And what does Ritter offer? Obfuscation and lies. From the article: Ritter, ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    Obama's BFF (Best Florida Friend) Embroiled In Home Renovation Scandal

    Sun-SentinelBroward County Mayor Stacy Ritter's involvement with a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme should finally wise Barack Obama up about his supporter, friend, and possible White House hire (that's the two of them pictured above at an Obama rally at the BankAtlantic Center la ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Russ Klenet and Stacy Ritter Mutually Benefited From Fraud

    Scott Wyman writes this morning of a lawsuit filed against lobbyist Russ Klenet, the husband of Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter, by a former vice president of viatical company Mutual Benefits Corp. You might remember the name of the company -- it is, after all, accused of ripping off investors ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Voted For Company That Renovated Her Home

    While serving as a state representative in 2004, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter voted on legislation that benefited the fraudulent company that paid her husband $20,000 a month, renovated her Parkland home at a cost of $100,000, docked her family's boat, and provided ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008
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    August 6, 2008
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    April 17, 2008
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    December 27, 2007

    The Dirty Dozen of 2007

    Rush, Naugle, Loria... and, hey, what's going on in the criminal justice system?

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    September 4, 2007
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    August 30, 2007

    Return to Sender

    When it comes to the specter of corruption, the Ritter-Klenet-URS connection has it all

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    August 9, 2007

    Family Ties

    Broward Commission, lobbyists ooze coziness

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    August 2, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    The Stacy 'n' Russ Show

    Ritter & Klenet sounds like a lobbying firm

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    July 26, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Marital Law

    Does Stacy Ritter's lobbyist husband swing her vote?

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    July 1, 2004

    Lobbyist- Lovin' Lori

    How cash-fueled politics and a grudge could cause another election fiasco

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    January 27, 2000

    The Plot To Depose King Jenne

    Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, have banded together for one simple reason: to stop Ken Jenne from becoming Broward's first strong mayor.

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