CRESPOGRAM REPORT
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
NOVEMBER  30, 2015
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THE STATE ATTORNEY HAS A SECRET SLUSH FUND THAT SHE REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE OR REVEAL WHO ITS DONORS ARE
IF YOU GOT MONEY YOU WANT TO HIDE OR LAUNDER, THEN YOU CAN’T DO BETTER THAN GET THE MIAMI FOUNDATION TO CREATE A “DONOR ASSISTED FUND” TO HELP YOU DO THAT
PART I

Last month, as part of my story regarding the efforts of the Miami and Knight Foundation’s to get the city to allow them to create a Park Conservancy to take over the new Museum Park, I wrote about the troubling actions of former City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, and current State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, and how they were able to “donate” their unused campaign donations to the Miami Foundation, which then arranged through the creation of “donor assisted funds,” for them to continue to control that money, thereby evading the intent of Florida Statute 106.141, which requires candidates to divest themselves of all unused campaign funds. 


What the Miami Foundation offers through the creation of these “donor assisted funds” is not only to allow individuals to legally hide money from both public scrutiny and from IRS reporting requirements, but also to receive money from individuals for these Funds that they might not want anyone to know about,because these “donor assisted funds” don’t require  either the creation of a 501(c)(3), nor do they have to file an individual IRS Form 990 at the end of every year.


When I discovered that Katherine Fernandez-Rundle had donated her unused campaign funds to the Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund, I wrote to her asking her for an accounting of what she had done with that money.


Instead of replying to me directly, she had Bob Levy, a local lobbyist and Fernandez-Rundle loyalist send me the following email.

Now, I like Bob Levy, and even worked with him many years ago on a film industry issue in Tallahassee, but I guess he’s become so used to dealing with folks in the local news media who don’t bother to do their homework that he figured that he could bullshit me with the claim that the money had been given to the Miami Foundation, and not to the “donor assisted Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund.”


I filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission shortly thereafter, but they rejected it because Florida Statute 106.141 only requires that excess campaign funds be donated to a legitimate 501(c)(3). Unfortunately the members of the Florida Legislature didn’t anticipate when they wrote the law that an organization like the Miami Foundation would come along and provide a legal loophole for candidates to continue to be able to control their campaign funds after donating them to a 501(c)(3).


Shortly after my story about the Museum Park Conservancy, I sent another letter to Katherine Fernandez-Rundle via an email.

When that email was returned to me with the explanation that because my request dealt with a “personal matter,” I sent it to her a certified, registered receipt letter.


A month later, Fernandez-Rundle responded.

You notice that she claims that the money is given to the Miami Foundation, and NOT TO the Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund.


Just so we’re absolutely clear about the about the existence of the Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund, here is the exchange of emails that I had with Javier Soto, the Executive Director of the Miami Foundation in June of 2014 regarding the $24,892.00 in unused campaign funds that Fernandez-Rundle ‘gave to the Miami Foundation.’

Contrary to her claim, all of the money that she has received was NOT GIVEN to the Miami Foundation, it was GIVEN to the Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund.


That’s not a minor deception!  That’s a flagrant attempt to engage in an effort of misdirection for the purposes of deception to evade public scrutiny !


The Miami Foundation provides a firewall that blocks public scrutiny of all of the money controlled by these “donor assisted funds, and they do it first by refusing to release any information on who donates to any of  the “donor assisted funds” or how they spend those monies, and secondly by lumping all of those funds together with the other money controlled by the Foundation, which they then account for through the use of categories in their reporting, and not through the listing of the specific identities and amounts of money controlled by any of the “donor assisted funds.”  


Short of a subpoena being issued as part of a criminal or IRS investigation, it’s impossible to penetrate the firewall of secrecy that these individuals receive by parking their money inside the Miami Foundation.


Only the person whose in control of one of these “donor assisted funds” can release any information, and as I point out with this documents that are part of this story, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle has refused to release any of that information, and in fact refuses to even acknowledge that she controls a fund named the “Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Fund.”


Consequently, when a State Attorney, and practicing lawyer well versed in all of the various and myriad ways that criminals engage in money laundering efforts, attempts to mislead an inquiry into how she has handled her own campaign funds, then that not only raises very serious questions, but it also gives me all the right in the world to write the following letter.

It’s too bad that what passes for the local news media continues to lack the courage to take on a stories like this, but rest assured, I fully intend to see this to the end, and who knows, I might even pull a frisky rabbit out of a hat before it’s over.


It’s Miami, Bitches!

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