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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

FEBRUARY 22, 2013

ALL IN THE FAMILY
WHAT IS IT WITH THESE POLITICIANS AND THEIR MOTHERS AND MOTHERS-IN-LAW?

Last year the big story was how former Congressman David Rivera had gotten a consulting contract from the Magic City Casino at the Flagler dog track that was routed through a company co-owned by his mother.


It turns out that David Rivera wasn’t the only politician who thought that having someone close to him handle a large chunk of money was okay.


Campaign and other records reveal Miami City Commissioner Frank Carollo turned over $88,563.95, of his campaign money in 2009 to his mother-in-law, Terry A. Martinez, who formed TAM Marketing LLC, at the beginning of his campaign for City Commissioner, and then allowed the company to go into Administrative Dissolution for a failure to submit an annual report.


When I called Mrs. Martinez to inquire what her marketing credentials might be, my first question in order to make sure that I was talking to the right person was to ask whether her daughter was married to Commissioner Frank Carollo. 


After a long pause, she responded that she was not talking about that, and hung up.


That’s the kind of response that nobody should give me, because if you’re not willing to admit that your daughter is married to a City Commissioner then what else might be a deep dark secret?


The campaign records indicate that Frank’s mother-in-law, who the records indicate has a background in accounting, handled such chores as consulting, arranging for media buys, printing, signs and bumper stickers and lots of catering and entertaining.


Right off the bat she got $4500 as a retainer, plus whatever else Frank and his wife decided to give her along the way.


You gotta love how this all works.  Frank’s wife who used to be the Treasurer for the City of Miami resigned and went to work on his campaign in September of 2008, and then in March of 2009 her mom - with no discoverable experience in political campaign marketing - created a marketing company and took on Frank as her main - and it appears was her only account.


Below are some of the relevant documents, including a PDF of Frank’s campaign expenditures that lists all of the money that his mother-in-law “managed.”


Given the laxity in the way all of these campaigns seem to have treated their reporting requirements in years gone by, chances are that Frank’s mother-in-law, like Maritza Gutierrez, in the Regalado case, never bothered to file any forms DE-14A’s.


But that was then, and this is now.  This time out campaign finance hanky-panky is going to be reported as soon as its discovered.

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I MISREAD THIS LETTER, ASSUMING THAT FRANKS’S WIFE HAD RESIGNED AS THE CITY’S TREASURER.  IN FACT, SHE RESIGNED AS THE TREASURER OF HIS CAMPAIGN AND BECAME THE DEPUTY TREASURER.

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