CRESPOGRAM REPORT
AUGUST 14, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
GRACE SOLARES IS TAKING MONEY FROM SOME PRETTY SHADY FOLKS
IT SEEMS THAT HER JUNIOR VARSITY CAMPAIGN STAFF HAVE PUT UP A FAKE TWITTER PAGE INTENDED TO “RE-INVENT THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CONSTITUENTS AND POLITICIANS,” WHICH IN REALITY IS NOTHING MORE THAN ANONYMOUS FRONT FOR THEM TO ATTACK 
HER OPPONENTS

On July 19th, a new Twitter page popped up calling itself NotifyMiami, and in it first 6 messages on that day they sent 4 Tweets attacking Marc Sarnoff and 1 Tweet attacking Ken Russell.


The pattern of attacking Sarnoff and Russell by name has continued, interspersed with Tweets about the need for campaign finance reform, including one that served as the setup for an attack against Russell for accepting $1000 from a guy named John Devaney. Here it is.

John Devaney it turns out was, and maybe still is a hedge-fund manager who during the recent financial disaster made a lot of money from buying mortgage bonds.


Time Magazine labeled him one of 25 People To Blame For The Financial Crisis.  To appreciate what kind of people made up that list, they included both Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Prime Minister of Iceland, a number of the heads of the major banks and large brokerage houses, Bernie Madoff, and last but not least, the American Consumers - yeah, that’s right, you and me!


Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you and me are bad people, or that John Devaney is necessarily an evil man, or vice versa, a prince among men, but rather, that in a capitalist society some people always figure out how to make lots of money, often by taking significant personal and financial risks, and barring their being charged with a crime and getting convicted, they get to enjoy the benefits of their endeavors, including giving money to political candidates for municipal office.


You can certainly question Devaney’s business ethics, and/or the ethics of Russell taking a $1000 donation from him, but if you do, then you have to apply the same ethical standards to all of the candidates running for District 2 Commissioner.


Remember, this is MIAMI, BITCHES! where, if you want to consider the avarice of a hedge fund manager, then you also have to consider that some of the richest families in town who constantly have their faces plastered in the society pages and who have unlimited access to the offices of the Mayor and Miami City Commission made their money in the old fashioned way by dealing in drugs back in the day, or engaging in Medicare Fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud and it goes without saying tax fraud, as well as aiding and abetting the laundering of BILLIONS of dollars of illegal money through Miami Banks over the last 30 years.


Along the way, some of these fine folks had streets named after them, got plaques and certificates and Proclamations from City of Miami officials like Manny Diaz, Tomas Regalado and various County Mayors, and along the way displayed on occasion a desire to donate money to municipal candidates.


In fact, some of them have even donated money to Grace Solares, although for some reason, when the Trolls operating this anonymous Twitter account went after Sarnoff and Russell, they conveniently overlooked Solares’s principal financial benefactor, Stephen Kneapler.


STEPHAN KNEAPLER: GRACE SOLARES’ MAIN MONEY MAN


Chances are you’ve heard of Kneapler, but just in case you haven’t, or don’t know that much about him, allow me to reintroduce him to you.


Kneapler’s Rap Sheet includes being convicted by the Securities and Exchange Commission of looting Richmond Industries while he was the president of the company, a crime which led him to be barred for life from ever being involved with a public company, or his and his wife’s run-in with the IRS for a failure to pay $450,000 in taxes, or that little squabble he got into at a Commission meeting where Sarnoff claimed that Kneapler had called him a “Pussy,” or my 2012 story recounting how Kneapler, who back in the day had managed to get the lease to run Monty’s On The Bay, managed to get the State Of Florida - that would be you and me - to pay to rebuild the dock at Monty’s Marina after Hurricane Andrew, because Kneapler had failed to acquire Flood Insurance as he was required by the lease to do - or his latest shenanigans over the Grove Harbour RFP Selection process where after he was appointed to the Selection Committee, turned around and tried to throw a monkey wrench into the deal - allegedly because the company that he was supposedly involved with behind the scenes had been forced to withdraw their bid - that included a frivolous lawsuit.


Why would I go into this much detail about Kneapler? Well, if you look above at the portion of the Tweet that I highlighted, it references an article that the Herald’s David Smiley had written about the latest campaign financial reports.


Here is one paragraph of that story:

That’s right, Stephan Kneapler gave Grace Solares $20,000, and that’s not all of the money that Kneapler and family have given Solares.


Her campaign records reveal that she received $1000 from Bryna W. Kneapler on November 24, 2014, $1000 from SJK Investments, LLC on January 30, 2015 along with $1000 from Kneapler, $1000 from Nancy Quereau Kneapler and $1000 from Jill-Ann Guttentag Kneapler for a total $5000, for a grand total so far of $25,000.


You would think that if the Trolls who are operating this NotifyMiami Twitter page were actually concerned about campaign financing and candidates taking money from questionable individuals, especially someone with this kind of track record of questionable dealings within the City of Miami - and trust me there’s so much more about Kneapler that I’m sure will come out before November - that they would have jumped all over this revelation that he gave Solares $20,000.


LOOK WHO ELSE SOLARES HAS TAKEN MONEY FROM


But it gets a lot better. In addition to taking money from Kneapler and his family, Solares also took from from some of these fine folks.

As Frank Alvarado of the Miami New Times reported in November of 2012, Fausto and Remedios Diaz Oliver, who’ve since gotten a political makeover as upstanding Republican movers and shakers, were forced to plead to a felony - in his case - and two misdemeanors- in her’s,  over this criminal conspiracy to defraud the government.


Fausto and Remedios Diaz Oliver are still in the shipping business, and on January 30, 2015 their All American Container companies donated a total $8000 to Solares’ campaign, with another $1000 personally coming from Remedios, for a grand total of $9000.


So, from 3 convicted criminals Solares has received a total $34,000 in campaign donations, and I suspect that after folks read this story I’ll be getting emails telling me about more questionable folks who have given her money, yet the Trolls who are behind NotifyMiami didn’t think this was significant enough to Tweet out!


This is a result of what can come from a failure think through a scheme to use an anonymous Twitter account to attack your opponents Grace,  and what happens when you hire kids who think they both smart and cute to run your campaign.


It’s Miami, Bitches!


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