CRESPOGRAM REPORT
JULY 9, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
MICHAEL MURAWSKI, THE ETHICS COMMISSION ADVOCATE, BAMBOOZLED THE MEMBERS OF 
THE COMMISSION REGARDING MY COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, ED RUSSO AND MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ AND HE GOT CAUGHT
THE LACK OF ETHICS COMMISSION: DUSTY MELTON 
ALLEGATIONS THAT THE ETHICS COMMISISON IS BROKEN 
PART I

EDITORIAL NOTE:  THIS IS A STORY THAT IS VERY CONTENT HEAVY.  IT INCLUDES THE VIDEOTAPE OF DUSTY MELTON AND MY APPEARANCES BEFORE THE MIAMI-DADE ETHICS COMMISSION ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 8TH, AS WELL AS THE AUDIO TAPE OF THE CLOSED DOOR HEARING HELD BY THE ETHICS COMMISSION IN MAY ON MY ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP, HIS ASSISTANT ED RUSSO AND MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ. IT ALSO INCLUDES SOME OF THE DOCUMENTS FROM THE ETHIC’S COMMISSION FILES.  

IN ORDER TO PRESENT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IN A MANAGEABLE FORM, I HAVE BROKEN THIS UP INTO SECTIONS.  

PART I PROVIDES YOU WITH A BASIC OVERVIEW OF MY ETHIC’S COMPLAINT, THE VIDEO OF DUSTY MELTON’S APPEARANCE BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE AUDIO TAPE OF THE CLOSED DOOR HEARING THAT INCLUDES THE EXCHANGES BETWEEN ATTORNEY KENDALL COFFEY AND MICHAEL MURAWSKI, AND A 3 PAGE BRIEFING DOCUMENT THAT MELTON PUT TOGETHER THAT DETAILS THE PORTIONS OF THIS CLOSED MEETING THAT HE FOUND SO TROUBLING AND OBJECTIONABLE.

MY ETHICS COMPLAINT


On February 18th, I posted a story announcing that I had filed an ethics complaint against Donald Trump, his assistant Ed Russo, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.


The complaints against Trump and Russo were based on several stories that Doug Hanks of the Miami Herald had written about Trump’s efforts to convince the Mayor to sell him the Crandon Park Golf Course, and when the Mayor rejected that request, to submit an unsolicited bid to manage the golf course.  Trump engaged in correspondence with various county officials that included submitting a $25,000 check as part of his unsolicited bid, and Russo also engaged in several face to face meetings including one with Jack Kardy, Miami-Dade Parks Director, and one with Bruce Matheson, a member of the Crandon Park Master Plan Advisory Committee.


My complaint against the Mayor dealt with his failure to comply with the provisions of the County’s Lobbying Ordinance, and I include it here because it becomes a salient part of what transpired when Michael Murawski, the Commission’s Advocate made his presentation to the Commission members on whether they should find that the Mayor violated the law.


“The fact that the Mayor’s office is festooned with numerous signs stating in clear language that “Lobbyists” must first register before seeking to conduct business with the county is more than enough evidence that Mayor carlos Gimenez knows the law, but that when it comes to being solicited by the rich, powerful and famous, he’s more than willing to ignore these lobbyist laws, including provision (bb) of Section 2-11-1, that requires him to file a sworn affidavit that he has read and understands the provisions of the County’s Conflict of Interest Code.


You and I both know that he has never done that since he’s been in public office, either as a County Commissioner, or as Mayor.”


        


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After a lengthy investigation that generated an almost 3” high stack of documents, the complaints were heard by three (3) members of the Ethics Commission at their June meeting to determine whether there was Probable Cause that the complaints had merit, and to either determine a judgment for or against a finding of Probable Cause and a decision whether to go further, as was the case with the hearing that was held in 2013 on my complaint against Commissioner Frank Carollo for abuse of his official position when he reached out to the Chief of Police after he was stopped for a traffic violation, or the case of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez on Wednesday for lying about collecting tens of thousands of dollars in interest from convicted Ponzi scammer Luis Felipe Perez.


The Probable Cause process centers around the Commission’s Advocate, Michael Murawski, acting like a prosecutor before a Grand Jury. He selects the information and documents provided to the Commission members, and he steers the inquiry either to a conclusion of Probable Cause, or No Probable Cause.


There’s a lot more that I could write about this process, and how inherently unfair it is, but for now we’ll leave it with the fact that at the end of the hearing on my complaints, the Board Members were encouraged by Murawski to support a Probable Cause finding against Ed Russo, and a No Probable Cause against Donald Trump and Mayor Gimenez.


As a “courtesy” Murawski sent Donald Trump a draft copy of his recommendation that the Commission would find no Probable Cause in his case, which once again demonstrates the degree of solicitous concern that the Ethic’s Commission shows to the rich and powerful, and to those who I’ve come to describe as being members of the Family and Friends Plan. (SEE THE LETTER BELOW)


Although these meeting are held in secret behind closed doors, there is a tape recording made of these meetings, and several weeks after this meeting, Dusty Melton, a local lobbyist whose been a lobbyist for 32 years and is considered an expert on the intricacies of the County’s Lobbyist Ordinance requested a copy of the tape of the meeting along with of all the documents acquired by the Commission during their investigation.


After receiving the audio tape and the documents, Melton went through them and discovered 5 separate items that underscored Murawski had been lying in his presentation to the Commission members. 


Below is a 3 page document that Dusty Melton prepared outlining the issues that he believed were inherently wrong. Following that is portion of the video where he spoke before the Ethic’s Commission on Wednesday morning, and that is followed by a copy of the portion of the audio tape of the Closed Door session that dealt with the complaints I filed, and includes the presentation made by attorney Kendall Coffey who appeared to represent  Trump’s assistant, Ed Russo.

THIS IS COPY OF THE AUDIO TAPE/NO VIDEO

LETTER TO TRUMP FROM MURAWSKI

PART II - HOW THE COMMISSION GAVE THE MAYOR A FREE PASS
PART III - HOW THE COMMISSION IGNORES REALITY