BREAKING: Broward Teachers Union Funds Used in Illegal Contributions to Hillary Clinton, Alex Sink, Investigators Say

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See also: Former Broward Teachers Union President Patrick Santeramo Arrested, Faces 200 Years in Prison.

Former Broward Teachers Union President Patrick Santeramo turned himself in today after being charged with 20 counts of various racketeering, theft, and money-laundering charges. There are dozens of pages of accusations to wade through, but one thing sticks out immediately: Between October 2007 and September 2010, Santeramo allegedly embezzled BTU funds to reimburse union members and staff for $25,000 in campaign contributions they made to both the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the gubernatorial campaign of Alex Sink.

Santeramo is accused to telling a team of 25 people to contribute funds to the Democratic campaigns and that "they and their family members would be reimbursed for these political contributions," according to prosecutors. Internal emails Santeramo allegedly sent to the BTU bookkeeper outline the instructions for reimbursing these people for the contributions, which also included contributions to Nora Rupert's 2010 campaign for Broward County School Board.

He hid these reimbursements by classifying them as "misc. expense, building expense, organizing, staff training, new education program, office supplies, lobbying, communications, negotiating and bargaining, other committees, steward training and special events," according to the arrest warrant. It is unclear how much funding was diverted to these campaigns, but the annual total was allegedly between $300 and $20,000 for the years 2007 through 2010.

Santeramo also allegedly told BTU's 44 delegates to two Florida Education Association conventions that they should donate $50 to the association's political action committee and then include the donation on an expense report; prosecutors say $2,200 in PAC contributions were reimbursed.



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R. D. M.
R. D. M.

who were the PAC contributions reimbursed to? Pat or the delegates?  If it was to the the delegates then they are accomplices for taking the money.  The BTU reimbursed the delegates that donated to a PAC? that is clearly illegal.  Arrest them all, please and thank you, signed a law abiding tax payer

Davidbibaud
Davidbibaud

it seems much the same old story of the last btu president and i believe a relative of his with shenanigans card games late at night and other discrepancies outside the law,i have moved away from broward county because of all the crooked bs that is everyday reality josephus eggleton,broward county commissioner and father of many young infants when he was at dillard h-s. school board members who thought they were all above the law they now all are in cells probably in some federal country club with 3 squares daily.  

Googoo
Googoo

Yet another situation that further convinces me that no government/taxpayer funded employees should be allowed to unionize.

Fqs9000
Fqs9000

 Unions can buy up all the greasy pols they want.  They just have to follow the silly laws just like the Republicans.  HIOW UNFAIR.  POWER to the PEOPLE.  NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.   And so on.  Throw his skanky ass in jail.  He'll meet a better class of people, but he won't be able to extort forced union dues (political contributions) from them..

JoeMamma
JoeMamma

UNIONS SUPPORT DEMOCRATS - SHOCKING!  

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