Political Money Man Mendelsohn's Sentencing Pushed Back

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Wild art: The first edition of the official Tea Party mag.
Hollywood lobbyist and political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn won't be sentenced on his federal conspiracy conviction next week after all.

The sentencing has been pushed back to April 28, according to court records.

Sounds mundane enough, but I hear there is considerable intrigue behind the scenes in this case.

Mendelsohn -- an eye doctor who had close ties to numerous politicians, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, former state Rep. Mandy Dawson, and state Sen. Eleanor Sobel -- is facing up to two years in prison. Federal guidelines call for 18 months.

But sources close to the investigation say that Mendelsohn, after his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge William Zloch in December, has been cooperating heavily with state and federal authorities in a bid to work off any potential prison time. Hence the ten-week postponement for his sentencing. 

This could be big. Mendelsohn was a prodigious fundraiser who was privy to many of Tallahassee's secrets not only among politicians but also lobbyists. Numerous names have come up in the investigation. But one of Mendelsohn's former close associates, lobbyist Russ Klenet, may not have anything to worry about when it comes to the federal investigation.

Remember that Mendelsohn told Zloch in open court during his guilty plea that it was Klenet who had taught him how to hide clients' money from the U.S. government. Several sources say Klenet, husband of Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, was given federal immunity due to his involvement with the Mutual Benefits Ponzi scheme investigation of his former client and partner, Joel Steinger.

One politician expected to play a starring role in the case is Dawson, who received $82,000 in secret campaign contributions from Mendelsohn.

-- Above you see the cover of the first edition of the Tea Party Review. It will be unveiled at tomorrow's opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Inside, check local ties to the convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C. (And yes, I withhold commentary.)

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Scheduled to attend the CPAC meeting, in addition to pundits like Ann Coulter and Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell and Newt Gingrich, is our own U.S. Rep. Allen West.

And West isn't just any speaker -- he has a very important role in the conference as the coveted closing speaker, who will be expected to send the Tea Party faithful back home inspired by his own brand of right-wing pep rally.

West won't be the only Broward guy in attendance. Also there will be Javier Manjarres, the blogger behind the Shark Tank. I wrote recently about his taking advertising money from a who's sho of Republican politicians. Manjarres has been named CPAC Blogger of the Year.

Here's the entire list of speakers if you're interested. 

Though freshly minted U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has made it to CPAC's official banner (right next to Glenn Beck!), he isn't listed as a confirmed speaker.


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Sean Hanity
Sean Hanity

Bob;

Maybe you can explain something to me.

The Tea Party folks have no issue going to Fox News to hear opinionized news and information. Fair and balanced of course.

But when they hear opinions that differ from their myopic viewpoint, they shit themselves silly.

Did I miss something?

Totally Blonde
Totally Blonde

"Klenet, husband of Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, was given federal immunity due to his involvement with the Mutual Benefits Ponzi scheme investigation of his former client and partner, Joel Steinger."I'm a little confused. Because he cooperated in the Steinger case he gets Federal immunity for anything else?

AVENGER
AVENGER

WTF is this?

17. H.CON.RES.12 : Expressing the sense of Congress that an appropriate site on Chaplains Hill in Arlington National Cemetery should be provided for a memorial marker to honor the memory of the Jewish chaplains who died while on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

I see that commedant West is really going after the tough issues that this nation is facing , what a bunch of fucking assholes.

Guest
Guest

Immunity in this case or not, Klenet should be exposed and the public made aware of all the devious, corrupt and conniving things he's done as a Lobbyist. How could any company or organization in good conscience have him as a representative?

Guest
Guest

off topic. It fits into the "What was he thinking" category...Rep Chris Lee(a Republican) married with a child, resigns after it was disclosed he sent a shirless picture of hiself to a woman he met on Craig's List. That's an idiot!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

"It's a minefield out there..." -- my cousin

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

At the CPAC, will there be a seminar on " Avoiding Sedition charges "?

Once again, I will ask for help in determining who are the "bigger fish" that these plea dealers plan to expose. That part never seems to happen.

NotRickScott
NotRickScott

It's interesting that neither Rush or the Beckster are speakers at this year's ipecac-pac. Have they worn our their welcome, become too controversial for the arch-right, or are old news?

WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses
WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses

Last we were talking about these clouds - this article just came out...CBS Atlanta

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news...

natasha
natasha

Yeah, the US government WOULD NEVER, EVER LIE ABOUT CHEMTRAILS !!!!

People should really start to pay attention to this, I have noticed they are spraying at a much higher level ever since the riots started in Egypt.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

Off topic remembered this dream i had last nite around 3 am lol i was in drs office explaining symptom heart sometimes races used to alot now rarely....he says we have a pill 4 that 1 a day and i went outside and sai oh good generic 3 months 10 dollars! I think that dram had 2 meanings....Why am i writing this her LOL

WESTSUX
WESTSUX

Anybody curious about the legislation West has proposed yet?NO CLUE?Oh So Surprising. Here ya go ZERO Sponsored Legislation. (Great Representation)http://west.house.gov/legislat...That which he cosponsors is offensive or inconsequential.This man does not represent the interest of South Florida.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

Tea Party topic. Commentary withheld. 6 comments in almost as many hours.

As long as Lamdirti is happy, I guess that's all that matters.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

If I can attempt to paraphrase the unspoken: let them implode on their own free will. Which is pretty much inevitable.

Sometimes silence speaks volumes.

skydove
skydove

That's what I've been saying for the past couple of years. Why all the outrage over every moronic bleat that somebody who's duly appalled decides to broadcast to like-minded others? Just ignore it.

Failure to respond to childish taunts isn't self-censorship in this country, today. It's not that one isn't "allowed" to point out flaws in the positions of those with whom one disagrees on many basics; nor is one prevented from noting inaccuracies in purported statements of fact. Statements so stupid and wrongheaded one wants simply to curse and throw things are extreme provocations. But unless they can be dismissed with such brevity and brilliance that the other side is left speechless, rants against them are just preaching to the choir.

More useful, I think, is to make more use of the twin tactics of refusing to be riled by outlandish statements and refusing to be drawn into mass back-pattings ("Aren't we wonderful and broadminded -- you don't care if I think Sarah Palin is descended from Dred Scott's owner's bitchy wife, and I don't care if you think Michelle Bachmann is a fine subject for rendition, to a place where they cut women's tongues out.) The latter waste time that could be more productively spent and also give the other side reason to exult, "They hate us! They really hate us! So we must be doing something right. At least they're paying attention."

What if they gave a Tea Party and nobody came?

Barry Sacharow
Barry Sacharow

I wanted to once again name Hollywood's biggest crook in Tallahassee, Eleanor Sobel, who used $600,000 of Medelsohn's ill gotten gains to defeat two great Broward Legislators, Tim Ryan and Ken Gotlieb to steal a seat she promised the voters she would not run for. She is a scourge on the Democratic politcal scene and a throwback to a Hollywood run by Queen Mara (Eleanor was once the campaign manager for Mara Gulianti). I expect that voters will oust her at the next election, but until then she remains in Tallahassee, selling her votes to the highest bidder and not caring what the rest of us think. I hope Mendelsohn gives her up!!!

Guest
Guest

I will say this and say no more about these hypocritical mean spirited individuals. I disagree with everything they stand for and am repelled and repulsed by them!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I will also withhold commentary on Glenn Beck, because I will let this legendary douchebag speak for himself. Oops.....that was commentary, wasn't it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Histrionics.I am not buying it.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Very astute observation. I happen to have personal knowledge that he does not believe a single word that he utters. He has handlers who write almost of all his material for his show and ghost writers who write his books.

He is a stooge for a certain ideology, a provocateur.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Virgil said, "He is a stooge for a certain ideology, a provocateur."

Goldilocks replied, "Oh - a money-whore."

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

I love how the CPAC Woman of the Year is Michelle Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting. Oy.

Gator
Gator

I wondered how long it would take for someone to figure out how to start making money off the tea party movement.

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