ERIC ROBINSON CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL BOARD WAS A FRAUD
By Jon Susce
ROBINSON AND STEVENSON USE TEENAGER TO LAUNDER DIRTY MONEY
|Eric Robinson is a fraud, a documented liar and the last place he should be allowed to preside is as a member of the Sarasota School Board. It’s simply shameful and outrageous that Eric Robinson continues to operate his “Dirty PAC Money” business with impunity out of his CPA office in Venice.
The latest glaring examples how Eric “The Prince of Dark Money” Robinson has totally corrupted the political process in Sarasota and beyond, laundering “Dirty PAC Money”, is the way in which Robinson and local political operative, Malcolm “Mac” Stevenson have used an 18 year old Polk Community College student, Skylar Lee Frey to assist them in laundering $458,000 from a PAC called “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA.”
For example, according to the Florida Department of State Election Commission, a PAC called “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” with Frey as Chairman, was officially organized on July 15, 2016 with Frey giving his address as 200 Avenue K, Apt. 173 in Winter Haven, Florida.
|FREY APPOINTS ROBINSON AS TREASURER AND AGENT OF PAC|
|On the same day, July 15 2016, and on the same official State of Florida documentation, Skylar Frey signs off appointing Eric Robinson as Treasurer and Agent for the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC.|
FREY’S ADDRESS ON PAC IS NOT FREY’S LEGAL ADDRESS
|Unfortunately for Frey, legally speaking, the address he was told to give on the State of Florida Election Commission documentation, as Chairman of “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” was not, at the time the PAC was created on July 15, 2016, Skylar Frey’s legal address.
Frey’s legal address, as recorded on Sarasota County Election Supervisor official records, is 1871 Laurel Street in Sarasota, where he resides with his mother and step-father, local political operative, Mac Stevenson.
FREY USED AS DUPE FOR ROBINSON & STEVENSON
|When Frey was interviewed by THE SARASOTA PHOENIX, he admitted little or no knowledge of what was going on with the PAC, despite his position as Chairman. Frey, who was an outstanding baseball player at Sarasota High School and now attends Polk Community College on a baseball scholarship, admitted having no knowledge of any of the $451,000 in contributions or the $441,000 in expenditures to the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC, despite being the Chairman of the PAC.|
FREY HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF ROBINSON FUNNELING MONEY INTO HIS PAC
|In addition, Frey admitted he had no knowledge of the funneling of various Robinson PAC monies into the PAC, despite being Chairman of “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA.”|
FREY HAS NO IDEA WHO CONTRIBUTES TO HIS PAC
|Frey had no idea about Randy Benderson, Pat Neal, Carlos Beruff or the others who contributed thousands of dollars to the Robinson managed PAC or the other monies funneled into the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC.|
FREY HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF HOW EXPENDITURES ARE DISTRIBUTED
|In addition, Frey stated he had no knowledge concerning the seventy-seven attorneys who contributed over $300,000 into his PAC or anything concerning the following expenditures:
*$98,000 to a PAC called, “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA”
*$184,000 to ÐelCielo Media in Alexandria Virginia
*$58,000 to Political Ink in Washington D.C. for mailers
STEVENSON INVOLVES FREY WITH PAC
|When asked who got him involved with “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA,” Frey stated it “was with my mother’s, husband.” When asked who that was, Frey replied, “Mac Stevenson.”
No doubt, Stevenson and Robinson would be responsible for the PAC and Frey just had to sign various legal papers involving PAC business.
STEVENSON ATTEMPTED TO HIDE CONNECTION TO ROBINSON PAC
|The most deceitful and shameful person to manipulate Frey to funnel “Robinson’s Dirty PAC Money” is Stevenson, who attempted to hide his connection to Robinson, who funnels PAC money for political attack ads for Stevenson’s clients. It’s incredible that Stevenson would use his stepson to launder Robinson’s, “Dirty PAC Money.”|
|LEGAL ISSUES FOR FREY|
|Stevenson, in attempting to hide his connection to the PAC through which Robinson was funneling dirty PAC money for attack ads, and mask his relationship to Frey and Robinson, could cause Frey legal problems.|
|ROBINSON’S CONCERN FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN BOGUS|
|Robinson repeated statements of concern for students during his campaign for the Sarasota County School Board which evidently did not include the welfare of student Skylar Frey.
By the way, according to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, Frey has not found the time to vote since registering as a voter.
|ROBINSON FUNNELS $487,000 “DARK PAC MONEY” INTO NOKOMIS BANK|
|Ten days after Frey was made Chairman of the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC, and Robinson became Treasurer and Agent, (July 28, 2016) Robinson began funneling “Dark PAC Money” into the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC bank account at the Suncoast Bank in Nokomis. The Suncoast Bank is where Robinson launders his “Dirty PAC Money” from the over 50 PAC’s that he manages.
Robinson started the process of laundering “Dirty PAC Money” into the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC from these other various Robinson managed PAC’s:
* $30,000 from “COALITION FOR CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP”
* $37,000 from “FLORIDIANS FOR A CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP”
* $8,500 FROM “CITIZENS FOR A CONSERVATIVE FUTURE”
* $5,000 for “KEEP FLORIDA MOVING”
Individuals giving contributions to these Robinson managed PAC’s, which, in turn, gave money to the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” (the PAC for which Frey is Chairman) include Pat Neal, Randy Benderson, Bob Waechter, William Merrill III, Carlos Beruff and Gary Kompothecras.
On August 17, 2016, seventy seven attorneys throughout the State of Florida contributed over $320,000 to the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC, which has a 19 year old junior college baseball player as its Chairman. Calls to the various lawyers, who were part of the $300,000 contribution to the PAC, that has a 19 year old Polk Junior College student as the Chairman have not been returned.
On August 18, 2016 a PAC called “A BETTER FLORIDA” with P.O. BOX 10269 in Tallahassee as its address, contributed $35,000 to “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA.”
Contributions from the PAC were sent to Robinson’s CPA office in Venice, placed in a Sun Coast Bank in Nokomis, and then sent out as expenditures aimed at attacking various candidates running for political office, which included Joe Gruters in his Florida State Representative campaign against Steve Vernon in the Sarasota/Manatee area, and Jackqui Thurlow-Lippisch in her campaign against Mark Smith for Martin County, Florida Commissioner.
|ROBINSON HAS HISTORY OF ATTACKING FELLOW REPUBLICANS|
|Almost as deceitful as using teenagers to launder his “Dirty PAC Money” is that Robinson uses a group of Republican operatives such as Roger “Rockie” Pennington to deploy “Dirty Money” not only to attack Democrats, but also fellow Republicans such as Gruters.
Robinson has a recent history of attacking fellow Republicans. For example, Robinson is documented as spearheading a fraudulent, deceitful attack on Greg Steube, who is fellow Republican and a Florida State Representative. Steube was a Florida State Senate opponent of Robinson’s client, Doug Holder. SEE ATTACHMENT #1
|ROBINSON TIED TO PENNINGTON’S ATTACK ON GRUTERS|
|For example, on August 17, 2016, a $98,000 expenditure to a PAC called “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA”, chaired by Pennington, was made from the “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA” PAC.
On August 18, 2016, after receiving the aforementioned $98,000 from “UNITED CITIZENS FOR FLORIDA”, a contribution was made to Pennington’s PAC, “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA” for $97,957, which went to Pennington’s Direct Mail operation, “SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES” in Tallahassee.
A few days later a direct mail attack from Pennington’s PAC, “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA,” whose Chairman is Pennington, arrived in Manatee and Sarasota Counties attacking the Chairman of the Sarasota County Republican Party, Joe Gruters in his campaign for the Florida House of Representatives against, Steve Vernon. SEE ATTACHMENT #2
(Gruters is also Vice Chairman of the Florida State Republican Party and closely tied to the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump and to U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan).
If any logical person doesn’t believe that this $97,957 was not drawn from the $98,000 deposited in the PAC chaired by Frey, featuring Eric “The Prince of Dark Money” Robinson as Treasurer and Agent, there is bridge in Brooklyn that you might want to buy.
Pennington’s ties to the attack piece on Gruters can be further documented. For example, on ten different occasions Gruters’ opponent, Steve Vernon expended over $45,000 in his campaign contributions for direct mail pieces to Pennnington’s direct mail operation, “DIRECT MAIL SYSTEM” in Clearwater, Florida.
|DOWDELL MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO VERNON CONNECTED TO ROBINSON|
|Vernon’s major contributor toward his campaign against Gruters is Roger Dowdell, who is involved with various Robinson PAC’s. For example, Dowdell contributed $40,000 of the $150,000 contributed to a Robinson PAC called, “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA SENIORS,” which also included contributions from Beruff, Neal and Benderson.
Robinson received $15,000 for managing the PAC and Stevenson received $3,700 as a political consultant for their role in defeating a referendum in Manatee County proposed to give medical assistance to indigent individuals.
|DOWDELL CONNECTED TO NATIONAL SOVEREIGN CITIZENS ORGANIZATION|
|Dowdell is the Florida state coordinator for the National Liberty Alliance, which has strong ties to the national sovereign citizen movement described in this video. SEE ATTACHMENT #3
Mark Pitcavage, Director of Fact-Finding for the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting anti-semitism and intolerance has stated,”The sovereign citizen movement is one of the extremist groups that has a high degree of criminal activity because, theoretically, they believe they can break any law, and they’re able to rationalize breaking any law.”
Pitcavage continued, “sovereign citizens are known for three types of activities: creating fake, quasi-governmental groups like common law grand juries; “paper terrorism,” filing multimillion-dollar frivolous liens against public officials and judges; and violence — killing police officers and federal agents. The FBI considers sovereign citizen extremists to be domestic terrorists.”
Scott Eric Kaufman, an assistant editor at the nationally acclaimed SALON MAGAZINE wrote an article concerning Dowdell headlined, “Florida county investigates possibility of establishing common law grand juries to arrest and potentially execute Obama.”
Kaufman continued, “At the May 13, 2016 meeting of Sarasota County’s Charter Review Board, Roger Dowdell, stated the national sovereign citizen movement can “without any probable cause, go into any nook or cranny of government — local, state or federal — research anything that’s going on and root out corruption.”
At the same meeting, Dowdell brought a proposal to the Sarasota County Charter that would put a referendum to the voters, which would create a “Peoples Law Grand Jury” to allow average citizens to indict government officials on corruption without going through a judge or law enforcement agencies.
|PENNINGTON PAC TIED TO ATTACK ON MARTIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN|
|In addition and simultaneous to the attack on Gruters, a direct mail attack piece from Pennington’s PAC, “COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA” arrived in Martin County to attack Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch in her race for Martin County Commissioner against Doug Smith in the Republican Primary. Thurlow-Lippisch is a Sewall’s Point Commissioner. SEE ATTACHMENT #4|
|SMITH TIES TO PENNINGTON CANNOT BE DENIED|
|Smith’s connection to Pennington’s attacks on Thurlow-Lippisch are impossible to deny, despite Miller’s denials. For example, in the Martin County Supervisor of Election records, on the report filed by Miller, there are over $50,000 in expenditures for Miller’s campaign mailers going to Roger Pennington’s direct mail company called, “DIRECT MAIL SYSTEMS” in Clearwater. The same Roger Pennngton, who is Chairman of the PAC that attacked Thurlow-Lippisch in Martin County and Gruter in Sarasota/Manatee Counties.|
|PENNINGTON HAS HISTORY OF ATTACKING FELLOW REPUBLICANS|
|Pennington is a longtime Tallahassee based Republican political operative, who has been involved with numerous political attack pieces over the years, representing whomever is willing to pay him. In addition to being a lobbyist and political consultant, Pennington controls two direct mail businesses, which he uses to promote his clients and attack their opponents.
One Pennington direct mail office in Clearwater is called, “DIRECT MAIL SYSTEMS”. Another Pennington Direct Mail operation in Tallahassee is known as “SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES.”
Pennington’s attacks on fellow Republicans like Gruters and Thurlow-Lippisch have been going on for years. For example in 2004 he was hired as a consultant by Roy Schleicher in his campaign for Chairman of the Volusia County Republican Party running against Frank Bruno.
Schleicher hired Pennington’s “DIRECT MAIL SERVICES” and”SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN RESOURCES” for a combined $60,000. After hiring Pennington, along comes the ironically named “COMMITTEE TO RESTORE INTEGRITY IN POLITICS”, whose attempts to restore integrity consisted of a series of last-minute, smash-mouth attack ads directed at Bruno.
Guess who was behind the political committee that produced them? None other than Pennington.
In 2008 Pennington’s “COMMITTEE TO RESTORE INTEGRITY IN POLITICS” attacked Republican Florida State Senator J.D. Alexander from Lake Wales for supporting State Senator Jeff Atwater for President of the Florida State Senate.
The list goes on and on, documenting that Pennington is a high-priced, political operative “Hit Man” attacking fellow Republicans.
Pennington has been paid $millions over the years to serve as political adviser to a host of lawmakers using his direct mail operations and buying expensive TV ads for his clients.
|ANOTHER TEENAGER USED TO HIJACK POLITICAL PROCESS|
|By the way, another teenager was apparently used to hijack the political process in the Thurlow-Lippisch County Commission race in Martin County.
This example involved an 18 year old Martin County, Jensen Beach High School student, Chase Lurgio who entered the race as a write-in candidate. Lurgio, who has raised no campaign funds or attended any political functions, nullified any Democrats or Independents from voting in an Open Primary. Thurlow-Lippisch lost to Smith by 677 votes, which was 2.9% of the votes cast.
|DID ROBINSON & STEVENSON BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM?|
|But unfortunately, it isn’t too incredible to believe. There’s a history behind Robinson, Stevenson and a longtime Gruters adversary, convicted felon Bob Waechter, involving an attempt to take down Gruters as Chairman of the Republican Party and diminish his role in local, state and national Republican politics, an attempt which Gruters has acknowledged. SEE ATTACHMENT #5|
|JEALOUSLY OF GRUTERS POLITICAL INFLUENCE UPSET LOCAL YOKEL REPUBLICANS|
|In addition, as Vice Chairman of the Florida State Republican Party, and closely tied to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and to U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan; Gruters has long upset the egos of local political operatives like Robinson, Stevenson and Waechter.|
|ANOTHER RECENT VICIOUS PERSONAL ATTACK ON GRUTERS|
|There was also another recent vicious personal attack on Gruters on social media repudiating Gruters in a way that appeared perverse and damaging. As Chairman of the Sarasota County Republican Executive Committee, Gruters had supported two Republicans running for the Sarasota County Commission against two Democratic candidates, which was unacceptable to Robinson, Waechter and their political cronies. Gruters to this day refuses to identify those individuals attacking him. SEE ATTACHMENT #5|
|ROBINSON NEEDS TO BE NOWHERE NEAR SARASOTA SCHOOL BOARD|
|This latest incident involving a conspiracy between Robinson and his longtime fellow local political operative, Stevenson to illegally and fraudulently use a 19 year old student at Polk Community College and recent graduate of Sarasota High School, is another demonstration of why Robinson should not be allowed to be anywhere near the Sarasota County School Board.
From the very first day Robinson announced for the School Board to the last day of campaigning, Robinson’s campaign was a fraud and a lie. Robinson’s campaign for the School Board was nothing more than an attempt to buy the election for million dollar special interests, who were concerned about low impact fees and the introduction of more private charter schools into the Sarasota area.
Eric Robinson is a fraud, a documented liar, and the last place Robinson should ever be allowed to preside is on the Sarasota School Board. There is no way Robinson should serve on any School Board.
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