By Jon Susce
jsusce @ msn.com
On 7/31/14 The Sarasota Phoenix wrote that a recent flyer put out promoting the candidacy of Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo for Sarasota County Commission was paid for by a PAC called Citizens Against Taxation, which is managed by Sarasota County political operative Eric Robinson. This is the same managed by local political operative Eric Robinson that funneled 45,000 into the campaign of recently elected Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler.
Citizens Against Taxation recently was the recipient of two contributions from two Tallahassee based PAC called Florida Innovation Fund and Committee for Justice totally $42,000.
Robinson stated that the money from the two Tallahassee based PACS to his managed PAC are for Florida State representatives races. Robinson could not explain how money for Florida State Representatives races ended up for a flyer promoting the Caragiulo for Sarasota County Commissioner.
This maneuver by Robinson to funnel money into the Caraguilo campaign is a tactic used many times in the past by Robinson, convicted felon Bob Waechter and local political consultant Mac Stevenson. The trio for years have circumvented the political process by funneling PAC money into campaign funds into the hand picked candidates of multi million developers like Randy Benderson, Pat Neal, Carlos Beruff and Rex Jensen.
No only do they circumvent local campaign finance regulations by funneling PAC money into local races, they funneled those thousands of dollar from PAC late in the race. A tactic, which makes it impossible to trace until after the election is over, due to reporting is not needed to be made until after the election.
Calls to Caraguilo to get a comment on his political handler, Robinson funneling money into his campaign from two Tallahassee based PAC have been unanswered. Maybe his supporter for his failed Elected Mayor Referendum, Sarasota Herald Tribune Publisher, Pat Dorsey can assign investigative reporter Lee Williams to ask Caraguilo some question about his fund raising activities.
That is of course if Williams is not to busy going after Sarasota City Commissioner Susan Chapman, who has become No. 1 on the SHT hit list and political operatives like Robinson and his attack dog the 58 time convicted “Sunshine law “expert,” Michael Barfield.
Chapman has become Dorsey’s, Robinson’s, Barfield’s and Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta’s main target after Chapman became the spokesperson for the strong activist organization, who made Caraguilo look the fool in his attempts to bring to bring an elected mayor to Sarasota and bing chronic substance abusers from throughout Sarasota County to harass residents and merchants in Downtown Sarasota with the Marbut failed Homeless Shelter, which was supported very heavily by the SHT.