Embattled Stacy Ritter Back on the Fundraiser Trail

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Cal Deal
Wild Art: Sheriff Al Lamberti at a pill mill protest Friday at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. Also pictured: Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca (left of Lamberti) and Kristin Jacobs (far right). Thanks to Cal Deal for the photo. 

Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter may be in trouble with various authorities, but she's still the darling of the influence peddlers. 

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​Lobbyists Bernie Friedman and Neil Schiller are holding a campaign kickoff fundraiser for Ritter at noon Wednesday at the Becker & Poliakoff legal and lobbying firm's office in Hollywood.  

Ritter is under criminal investigation by the State Attorney's Office and faces 28 election charges involving tens of thousands of apparently misspent dollars raised during her unnopposed campaign in 2008, much of it going to phone bills and lavish dinners for her and her lobbyist husband, Russ Klenet.

Inside, see how the lobbyists fawn over Ritter -- who this time faces a strong opponent in state Rep. and Broward prosecutor Ari Porth. 
In their invitation letter, Freidman and Schiller write: 

Commissioner STACY RITTER has served on the Commission since 2006 and has been a driving force behind some of Broward County's most important economic development projects. As Mayor, RITTER quarterbacked the push for a new Broward County Courthouse. She also championed the development of the new south runway, major expansion to Port Everglades, the construction of many new libraries and other critical infrastructure projects throughout the County. 

The lobbyists continue: 

Commissioner RITTER is a prolific campaigner and is already holding "Coffee with Stacy" events in her District. She understands all the social media technology and communicates regularly with her constituents on Facebook, You-Tube [sic], Twitter and email. She has always run grass roots campaigns and looks forward to walking door to door to meet voters. 

So I guess that means she won't be riding the golf cart given to her by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait.

And let's see, if Ritter is the quarterback, who is the coach? Ohhh, right.

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Lmsacco
Lmsacco

Holy moley! This woman's shoes have walked all over Dania Beach by voting for an expansion of the south runway. This expansion will destroy 19 acres of coastal wetlands and create an ungodly noise at John U. Lloyd State Park. The port expansion will destroy the third reef which is the home for essential fish habitat. Ms. Ritter, the prison walls are constructed of solid concrete. When you are finally ensconced within them, remember the damage you have done to the south Florida environment and weep copious amounts of salty tears. You are a destroyer, not a builder.

Amazing_Karnack
Amazing_Karnack

Karnack says OK it’s been less than one week of Rubin being popped by the initials and a quick announcement of a pending plea deal that we hear the following today. First the paper that is all machine all the time reports a non story about Rodstrom. Then the Pulpman announces that Ritter is back on the campaign trail and Buddy Nevins has a story on Sterling, Zyscovich, RDC, Blosser, Huizenga and former three stooge’s front man Seiler. Karnack says Jimi Hendrix put it best with:

Purple haze all in my brain Lately things just don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Purple haze all around Don't know if I'm comin' up or down Am I happy or in misery? Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me

Help me help me Oh no no... no

Yeah Purple haze all in my eyes Don't know if it's day or night You've got me blowin, blowin my mind Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?

No, help me aw yeah! oh no no oh help me...

Karnack says any politician talking to Sterling today is like a person begging another person covered with aids lesions to have unprotected sex. Karnack says see all of the wonderful colors it’s like a rainbow. Karnack says get your chairs ready the fireworks are going to be exceptional.

parkland man
parkland man

A Saratoga Springs attorney was convicted today after he admitted he stole money and real estate closings from clients in order to support a lavish lifestyle.

Patrick M. Reidy, 57, of 7 Erinn Court, Gansevoort, faces 5 to 15 years in state prison and has agreed to pay $2.37 million in restitution over the next 10 years to the 19 victims in the case.

Reidy admitted he collected the money from the clients and diverted it for his own purposes, and would make minimum monthly payments on mortgages and other loans, rather than closing out the mortgages and paying them in full.

In one example, Reidy collected funds to pay off a mortgage of over $270,000 at closing. Rather than fulfilling his fiduciary duty and paying that off, he began making monthly payments on the outstanding balance. Several months later, when the victim went to apply for a new mortgage on a new home, the previous mortgage that Reidy was supposed to have paid off showed up on her credit report.

Justwondering
Justwondering

Pulp -- who is the campaign treasurer this time around? btw, what the heck is State Attorney (hopefully soon former State Attorney) Michael Satz waiting for regarding the criminal prosecution of the elections violations?

Sizematters
Sizematters

Heard her Dad Ed Portner was out collecting contributions for her with his Deringer..lol

VillageIdiot2012
VillageIdiot2012

Pecker Boliakoff work for the bums at the school board. Anyone ever watch "The Firm"?

SR
SR

Ari Porth screwed over the Trial Attorneys. They are going to support Ritter unless someone else credible shows up.

SR
SR

I am not a pschiatrist. But I have seen my share of crazy people and they have an unusual look in their eyes when they are having a psycotic break. That picutre of Stacy Ritter is frightening. Look at the eyes. I think she is insane.

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Cross post-Finally! Have been waiting for this. Just got the files in order and am sure will be one of many lined up to pass inofrmation on to the Broward Inspector General.http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Broward PoliticsBroward's first-ever corruption watchdog Inspector General selected

By Brittany Wallman April 16, 2011 07:30 PMJohn W. Scott, a man who says he has spent his career "fighting corruption, fraud, waste and abuse,'' will be doing that for Broward County, as the county's first-ever Inspector General.

Scott, assistant legal counsel for Miami-Dade's Office of Inspector General, was selected unanimously Saturday by the committee formed to fill the new post.

The newly created inspector general job will be among the most powerful in Broward's public realm, with subpoena and investigative powers over all the county commissioners, every city official in Broward, and all the government employees, and all the vendors who do business with Broward's city and county governments.

The job pays $165,000, which is more than the Broward state attorney makes, and the office budget is yet to be determined by the Broward County Commission.

The actual official powers are in this blog post, where I linked the item voters approved in November.

The creation of this job and the office and staff that will come with it were prompted by a historic season of public corruption arrests across Broward, with one after another elected official facing corruption charges and public humiliation.

Scott spent two decades at the U.S. Justice Department, he says in his letter. Read it and his resume here.

He said in his application letter that he felt his career prepared him for just this job, and that this was a chance to make a difference in Broward.Categories: CORRUPTION (5)

parkland man
parkland man

Lawyers remind me of the slime under dog shit there lower then low and its to bad the world leaders in the past didn't wipe them all the fuck out,they would have done the world a big favor,and saved us all alot of bullshit that we get from these creeps,most lawyers are bald ugly fat and broke there like Nat's cant do much but get on your nerves,we need to give out free lawyer swatters to keep them shit birds away.try to fuck every lawyer you can because they will try to fuck you, if they have any chance,even there own mother.

Woody72
Woody72

Becker & Poliakoff do work for our HOA ,and in the end, we get it in the end. In the past they always seemed to get paid more then us.

parkland man
parkland man

Two Kentucky lawyers were found guilty of stealing from a $200 million fen-phen diet-drug injury-lawsuit settlement fund established for their clients.

William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. were convicted today on all nine counts including wire fraud and conspiracy by a federal court jury in Frankfort, Kentucky, after a seven-week trial. The men face as much as 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000. The panel of seven women and five men deliberated for 11 hours over two days before reaching a verdict.

The men had contracts entitling them to fees of as much as one-third of the award to 440 Kentucky citizens who said they were harmed by the once-popular diet drug combination. The lawyers tried to keep more than twice that amount, prosecutors said. Gallion and Cunningham didn’t tell clients the size of the settlement and misled them about how much they would get.

Lawyers for Gallion and Cunningham argued that they were innocent, inexperienced in handling large awards in class-action suits and made mistakes. They sought to blame Cincinnati lawyer Stan Chesley for many of the men’s decisions. Chesley, who hasn’t been charged with a crime, advised the pair on the fen- phen settlement for a $20 million fee and testified at the trial after accepting an immunity agreement from prosecutors.

parkland man
parkland man

Oath of Attorney

I do solemnly declare:

I am fully subject to the laws of the State of Washington and the laws of the United States and will abide by the same. I will support the constitution of the State of Washington and the constitution of the United States. I will abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct approved by the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. I will maintain the respect due to the courts of justice and judicial officers. I will not counsel, or maintain any suit, or proceeding, which shall appear to me to be unjust, or any defense except as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law, unless it is in defense of a person charged with a public offense. I will employ for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to me only those means consistent with truth and honor. I will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice or false statement. I will maintain the confidence and preserve inviolate the secrets of my client, and will accept no compensation in connection with the business of my client unless this compensation is from or with the knowledge and approval of the client or with the approval of the court. I will abstain from all offensive personalities, and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged. I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay unjustly the cause of any person.

YEA RIGHT WHAT A FN JOKE THAT IS ,LOWLIFE FN LAWYERS LIE, CHEAT,AND STEAL !

parkland man
parkland man

A Lynn lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $100,000 from a family that hired him to handle a dispute over an estate, according to the family and court records.

Bruce N. Sachar, 75, of Lynn, officially resigned as a lawyer and was disbarred by a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Sachar was hired by a Saugus family to handle a dispute involving an estate and failed to turn over $100,000 the family received in a settlement last year. When family members confronted him, he admitted to the theft and apologized, said Dante DeFuria Jr., the family member who hired Sachar.

Michael E. Mone, a Boston-based attorney for Sachar, said his client had admitted to violating a basic principle of the legal profession. He said Sachar had a gambling problem, but Sachar knew that it was no excuse.

parkland man
parkland man

A Gansevoort attorney was sentenced to up to 15 years in a state prison for stealing more than $2 million from his clients, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office.

Patrick M. Reidy was sentenced on Friday, Jan.14, on a charge of second degree grand larceny and will pay back outstanding money to a total of 19 victims. The New York State Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection will also provide some restitution.

“The defendant admitted that he stole over $2 million and will be ordered to pay back all outstanding money to the victims,” said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy. “Mr. Reidy violated his client’s trust and that is why we requested the maximum sentence allowed by law. He also must pay back his former clients $2.37 million.”Reidy will serve between five and fifteen years.

parkland man
parkland man

The blackmailer made me do it.

That was the lame excuse a disgraced lawyer offered Monday as he admitted to stealing $2.2 million in settlement cash he won for 16 clients.

Lawyer Marc Bernstein's attorney said his client began thieving to pay almost $1 million to a woman who threatened to have him disbarred for lying.

"He's really scared of her," the defense lawyer, Arthur Aidala, said outside Manhattan Supreme Court.

Bernstein, who will be disbarred, pleaded guilty to more than a dozen grand larceny counts and failing to pay income taxes on the stolen cash.

parkland man
parkland man

Look at the sb law firm holding a fund raiser for a criminal these fn lawyers don't ever stop they raise and give money to elected officials and also raise and give money to judges that's right judges, are you fn kidding me,lawyers give max amount and lots more to judges and then go in front of them the next day to get favorable ruling,what a pack of shit birds they all are,im just glad that at least some of these pac of losers are in and going to jail,where they belong.lawyers suck bottom line.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

So, let me see if I got this straight - evil lobbyists are sending out campaign literature/invitations describing how 'grass roots" Commissioner Ritter is.

unowho
unowho

We should keep this joyfull pic of Stacy and put it beside her humble Gotcha mugshot!!!

unowho
unowho

The jobless rate is down in Florida "Hoorah Rick Scottt"!!!

unowho
unowho

OK Pulpsters "Wake Up And Get To Work"

unowho
unowho

Can she use that fundraiser money to pay her lawyer to keep her out of prison NOT!!! But this is Browardtown anything goes!!!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

From your lips to You-Know-Who's ears!!!

Score Keeper
Score Keeper

I'd say you're right on track with the fireworks prediction. We've seen a few of the practice rounds, but soon we'll see the show and the Grand Finale. Sterling returning to the scene may well be the very first firework to start the finale.

Folding chair...checkBeer...checkScore card...checkCamera...checkDisinfectant wipes...checkPlaybill...check

Let's do this!!!!!!!

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Funny you mention Sterling.

Davie's new Topwn Administrator, Richard Lemack, got the most campaign contributions from Austin Forman and his family/businesses, and, Neil Sterling.

The selection of the new Davie Administrator was a done deal back in Feb. when the illustrious Davie Council member, Marlon Luis, took Lemack to meet with none other than Jim Kane and Austin Forman.

So happy to see the FEDS have arrived in Davie ala Sunny Lake and Richard Rubin.

Glad to see the Broward Inspector General is someone honorable. Will look forward to "doing business with him" very soon.

Karnack, as you say, the "Train goes clickety clack" through Davie. And, the cuffs goes on clinkety, clink.

anonymous
anonymous

Who thinks that someone needs to run against Satz? He's been in office WAY to long.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

No he did NOT...and if you're going to make allegations, BACK THEM UP!!!! Ari will make a GREAT...and HONEST...County Commissioner!

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Think she is crazy enough to start tossing urine? Hope not, cause it looks like even threatening to toss urine at someone is a crime in Florida:

DeFuniak Springs, FL: Gary O’Don Newell locked himself in a backyard shed to get away from his pregnant wife. He was then arrested for allegedly threatening to assault her by throwing urine on her after she blew cigarette smoke into the shed to force him out.

Ms. Portier, better take your umbrella to future court appearances--those crazy, raving urine tossers can turn up anywhere.

unowho
unowho

Oyving Whats your view of "The Donald" and China??? ...25%Tax if they dont behave!!!

anonymous
anonymous

I find it hard to believe that ever lobbiest is evil.

parkland man
parkland man

hey way the the fuck not last time she used the money for dinner,travel,public's food store cafe bella sara,and sheets from target,she is a fn lawyer and a thief,and so is her no good fn lawyer husband.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

When Lemack ran for Sheriff, his campaign manager was one Barbara Miller, Sterling's lobbying partner.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

That 25 % Tariff is about as likely as Gary Busey winning Celebrity Apprentice.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

That may be true -- cannot make a unilateral ruling labeling ALL lobbyists, or all of anything, as evil.

HOWEVER... Bernie Friedman, Alan Koslow and the cream of the crap known as Becker and Poliakoff epitomize evil. They are the real deal.

unowho
unowho

As mentioned before give the Guv a chance atleast a year you will see the BIG pictureIMHO!!! Trains= Drain$ on the system..

unowho
unowho

As MM3 would say You is jealous? :>)

Christy
Christy

Must be your week, unowho. Congrats!

PlayItAgainSam
PlayItAgainSam

Now that the FEDS have arrived in Davie, there's going to be some "wrangling" at the Rodeo. Come on over and watch "The Davie Show". Lemack fits right in to the "cast of characters". After Wasserman-Rubin started going down for the SW Ranches improprieties w/her hubby, I started blogging on Rubin and his ties w/Sunny Lake. It was all so odd, how he was brought in to the acquisition after the residents and Town of Davie began the process of applying for grants. Now mind you, Kovanes was involved w/this one, too. This was at the time, Tom Willi, the town administrator gave his notice to leave Davie. At the time, Judy Paul was the District 4 Council member and was determined to get Kovanes the Town Administrator's job, because as she said, "I like him, I can work with him". When asked what background work she had done on him (he was a Davie employee involved with mapping and grants)her response was "Oh, he has a master's in Public Administration from Nova and I like him alot & can work with him so I am going to nominate him for Town Administrator"...Early on in the Sunny Lake deal, Kovanes was involved. Having reviewed the "Borrow Pit Fill Application" filed by Bill Laystrom since the residents' were fearful & didn't know what to do, I knew this one was strange. $3.4 million dollars asking price for 17 acres of which 14+ acres was water/former borrow pit. Up to the time the Town was on the waiting list for the State Funds after Starkey, Paul, and a few of the residents went to Tallahassee, and, waiting then for the County to reply for the grant from them, I knew this deal "was for the birds" - no pun intended. Sunny Lake has cost the taxpayers about $5million to date between the State Grant Funds, the County Grant Funds and the Town of Davie District 1 Bond Funds. That doesn't include the fact that Central Broward Water District is now mandating digging the "lake" bigger and then have to put in a wetlands because the environmental biologist which the town had to retain did 2 site evaluations and found no rookery, no nesting. Sunny Lake is just a "roosting area" - a place where the birds sleep over night. The estimated cost to the taxpayers to try to enlarge the lake and try to put in a wetlands (hoping to create a rookery) is well over $1million. ....For 7 homes at the Griffin Rd Tpke entrance. So, Richard Rubin is just the tip of the "Australian Pine invasives" in this Boondoggle - one of Davie's follies at it's finest. It will be very interesting to see how Lemack will deal with this "bird's nest" or more correctly, "lack thereof". Maybe his "fundraisers Forman, Sterling, etal" and campaign manager Ms. Miller will be there to help him out. Just picture it, Pulpsters, the FEDS haven't even gotten to the Palma Nova Cancer Asbestos Pit deal of $12.5million of Open Space Bond money and Town Reserves for 25 acres of contaminated land bought from Forman. Marlon Luis was another big player in that deal along with Crowley and Caletka(check out who's financing Caletka's campaign on the town website,his drunken sailor spending & doesn't have an opponent and Crowley's, too). We are all in for one hell of a wild "rodeo ride "at Ronnies's Rodeo"! (now that there's that 99 year Restrictive Covenant on that place!)

unowho
unowho

Thanks Christy Like hockey some players forget to have fun and enjoy the sport and when I signed my Pulpster contract there were no rules :>)

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