Politics = Money + Private Investigator?

     The race is really on for the open seat for Commissioner - District II - Fort Lauderdale. 

One candidate has actually spent $1000.00 on a private investigator  ....read on!

     The race for $$ - (political donations) -  often tells a lot about how the political horse race is proceeding! Here is the latest on the race for campaign donations


     Rounding the corner, heading for the final stretch  ...

      Dean Trantalis is ahead, with Charlotte Rodstrom hanging back on the final turn, Chuck Black running a distant third, and Lester Zalewski still in the starting block - details below!

Trantalis has collected $22,295.00

     His donors are mostly Fort Lauderdalians, though there are a sizable chunk of Wilton Manors donors, which is where the Trantalis Law Firm is located.

     Trantalis seems to have more of the grassroots leaders in the District than the other candidates.

     Donors include beach activists Mel Rubenstien, Steve Glassman, Shirley Smith, and Art Seitz -13th Street neighborhood leaders Sal Gatanio, Randall Klett, Marge Anderson and Rick Gibson, and Victoria Parkian Mark Ketcham.

Other big name donors to Trantalis include attorneys Robert Lochrie and Ken Keechl, Property Appraiser Lori Parrish, mega-property owner Caldwell Cooper, and historic preservation activist Diane Smart.

 Charlotte Rodstrom, who is trying to win back her seat after vacating it to run for County Commission has raised $17,500.00

     Her donors include the big County lawyer/lobbyists - Friedman, Poliakoff, Platt and Schiller, City land use attorneys Lochrie, Toothaker, and Crush, car magnate Michael Marrone, William Telli ( sued to overturn term limits), and local celebrity lawyer Bradford Cohen.  She is also supported by local bloviator Charlie King.

     Rodstroms' most curious expenditure for her campaign is for private investigator Max Caulfield. Her campaign has paid him $1000.00


     Caulfield is a nationally known P.I., with expertise in many areas, including Mob investigations. He is also a Special Appointed Process Server by the Sheriff of Broward County.

     I had a quite interesting chat with Caulfield. But as expected, he said he is not at liberty to confirm or deny  ....   said he didn't recall if he'd ever heard the name Rodstrom!  .....  told me he would get back to me should details change!

 Chuck Black is a newcomer on the political scene, but has gained some traction, mostly with the business community, mostly downtown.
     Donors include Ali Waldman, developer Alan Hooper, attorney Sam Poole, president of the downtown civic association Ron Centamore, Riverwalk big shot Mark Budwig, and beach biggies Ina Lee and Fred Carlson.

 Lester Zalewski says he refused to play the political money game, but has lent his campaign $10,000.00


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  • 12/20/2012 2:43 PM Anonymous wrote:
    The movers and shakers want to ensure the "golden developer goose/aka city comm" will lay more golden eggs for the next 2 years, not that one vote out of 5 will change anything on the dais.
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    1. 12/22/2012 5:06 PM Rational Too wrote:
      Uh huh. That's right.

      Special interests are putting in BIG BUCKS TO BACK any STATUS QUO establishment candidate except Lester Zalewski. That's the real story Tim.

      So far $47,570 establishment dollars are chasing 1,927* votes to win without a runoff. Or $25.00 per voter.

      So the BIG MONEY is trying to one again pull the wool over the eyes of the LITTLE PEOPLE. How much more money are they prepared to spend to get us to vote against our best interests?

      The message is clear. If you want the same ole same ole, vote for any one of Trantalis,Rodstrom or Black. It amounts to the same. The first two have already let us down BIG TIME. Rodstrom last term was fifty days or so before she found something better to do. Trantalis dozed off well inside his term. And Black is already snoozing. We need someone to WAKE THE COMMISSION UP. Zalewski is guaranteed to do that. Never a dull moment. Just maybe he can get a grip on the bottom line as he's been promising.

      Let's get something for the $250,000 this Special Election and Rodstrom is costing us.

      * 3, 843 in total votes for the Ferber/Rodstrom combo plus Zalewski last go round. 50% + 1 carries the day.
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  • 12/20/2012 4:02 PM Danielle wrote:
    The photo of Max Caulfield in this blog is the Actor who is British and was the lead in Grease 2. He is no investigator.
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    1. 12/20/2012 4:31 PM Romeo wrote:
      You have your people confused.
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    2. 12/20/2012 5:14 PM mistaken identity wrote:
      Danielle - I mean Dan Lewis - you should know about aliases. You should also know why you hired a private investigator for Charlotte and just wondering why you are not listed on her campaign reports? Are you working for free?
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      1. 12/20/2012 9:24 PM Danielle wrote:
        That's funny, I had the biggest crush on Max Caulfield in the 90's which is the photo above. I just googled the Max Caulfield. PI ....yukkies
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  • 12/20/2012 4:10 PM Char wrote:
    Apparently some of you were not living in District II when Dean was a commissioner, otherwise he would not have your vote.
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  • 12/20/2012 4:29 PM another dick was hired wrote:
    Tim, You reported on the one Private Investigator, but omitted the fact that the Queen also paid her husband $500 for private investigator work. What gives? Also, isn't her donation to the South Middle River Civic Association a violation of the rules?
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    1. 12/20/2012 4:33 PM Tim wrote:
      the payment to her husband was a reimbursement for his payment to the same P.I.
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  • 12/20/2012 5:29 PM ornockr she wrote:
    Wow-"Max Caulfied" I am impressed. As far as the money that was raised by all of them I would like to see a detailed list as to what they all spent w/ your money people.Me personally for the record now, tomorrow next year etc, will never take a dime from the public. Your support, not your money. Since they all raised money here lets have a block party on the beach w/ all the canidates donating their monies to the party. We could have it on the beach. Well my attractive canidates what do you say???/.....
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  • 12/20/2012 8:15 PM Between bites wrote:
    Didnt dean look chummy with judy stern at her table at the breakfast to benefit the homeless...
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  • 12/20/2012 9:37 PM Fool us twice wrote:
    Allowing Charolette or Dean to sit in that seat again shouldnt even be a consideration. Neither did any good for the district. Talking about being tough on crime means NOTHING. Denying EVERYTHING the police ask for if it costs a penny proves their actions are only lip service.

    Chuch will bring fresh opinions and creativity to the commission. He is a man of action and INTEGRITY. Dont let his inexperience as a politician mislead you about his ability.
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  • 12/20/2012 10:36 PM Hans wrote:
    Charlotte Rodstrom should not be elected, she did not participate in the CBA meet the candidate night. She was there for a few minutes. Surely not showing any interest
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  • 12/21/2012 5:40 AM Fool me twice wrote:

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  • 12/21/2012 11:38 AM Lester Zalewski wrote:
    Yesterday I went to the 13th Alliance meeting. The discussions were kept on point, funding was allocated, a clear project scope established and man power was allocated by volunteerism. The end result a good thing for the community on DEC 23rd.
    Now a story. When I was in the 3rd grade we had a sister school. Our class went to visit and we were served burgers, fries and a coke all from MacD. Later that year those students came to our school for a visit. Our school did not have a restaurant/take out budget. People volunteered and barbecued burgers and dogs. I turned to the student from the other school and said "your school's MacD lunch was good". He look at me and said "this is way cooler you guys have a barbeque and we can choice burgers or dogs and sides. So to all you volunteers on 23rd DEC you will be remembered!

    Lester Zalewski
    www.lesterz.com just updated
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    1. 12/21/2012 2:37 PM learn to spell wrote:
      That's a stupid story.
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      1. 12/21/2012 3:55 PM Lester Zalewski wrote:
        Thank you for reading it!

        Lester Zalewski
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      2. 12/22/2012 11:40 AM Rational 1 wrote:
        Yeah, heartfelt stories of coming together in the spirit of camaraderie, volunteerism and goodwill are always stupid. There's no place for such nonsense in our political discourse, especially in District II. Really, Zalewski, what were you thinking?
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        1. 12/22/2012 8:48 PM you're not fooling anyone wrote:
          Zalewski and Beck (Rational 1 and Too)will continue to post here, spin here and no one cares - Lester will finish fourth out of four. Anyone who knows these two from their building or the beach know that they are both losers who shamelessly hawk their own self interests wherever they can. Phony neighborhood websites, email addresses, etc. that push Beck's books and Zalewski's property management company (how many clients, Lester?). What a joke. Can't wait for this to be over and not have to read their drivel anymore.
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          1. 12/23/2012 10:31 AM Lester Zalewski wrote:
            My word is my bond my name is on all my posts. Thank you!

            Lester Zalewski
            lesterz.com just updated.
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          2. 12/24/2012 11:44 AM Rational 1 wrote:
            Zalewski and Beck are at least transparent in their posting. Unlike you, Fool, and me, they stand behind their words with their names. Glad you're on the case, Sherlock. To live in such a wonderful locale and be so miserable is to have something seriously wrong with you. Like the song says, paranoia will destroy ya.
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  • 12/21/2012 3:41 PM just one vote wrote:
    Can't wait till January 15 to see if voters really care to turn out, and more than the usual 12% of those registered and eligible. If its the same old same old, the results will be a repeat of January 2012.
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  • 12/22/2012 7:25 PM Sto wrote:
    is NONE OF THE ABOVE going to be an option on election day?
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    1. 12/23/2012 12:21 PM Rational Too wrote:
      Close. Best option? Vote the bottom line.

      It'll speak volumes. Your vote counts 10x - for ten voters as 90% won't show.
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      1. 12/25/2012 12:23 PM ijustdontknow wrote:
        I dont know Lester lost my vote when his transparency told a voter if they are interested in finding out about his arrest ..they should go look it up...that doesn't sound very transparent. I am still waiting to hear if he took a plea or was convicted...but i am sure his word is his bond transparent lester will tell me too ..go look it up
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        1. 12/26/2012 11:40 AM Rational 1 wrote:
          Or maybe you could just make like Gomer Pyle and chase after Zalewski's car on foot hollerin' "Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!"
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        2. 12/26/2012 11:57 AM Rational 1 wrote:
          Lester "lost" your vote? From the tone of your post I think it's safe to say he never had it in the first place.
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          1. 12/26/2012 5:36 PM givehimachance wrote:
            Actually no I like to think I am very open minded and read as much as I can on each candidate, attend meetings regularly listen to what they have to say read on some of their blogs and see what makes them tic. When I read Mr. Lester was arrested I was still willing to hear what he had to say about it. When I read more he never explained it at all, never said what the result was, never said what the police report said, never said why he didnt go to trial, if infact he did not go to trial...he just said its public record you should look it up...I just feel if you are going to be transparent then why not explain the arrest and the outcome? I dont know why its a big secret what happened to the case Mr. Lester was arrested for...and yes because of the way he handled it he lost my consideration for a vote and the consideration of my familys and neighbors and people in my association and anyone else I can speak to about it. Your tone to be quite honest is not helping him at all if that is your intent...you are actually turning off the people I know who read the blog...you might want to stop "helping" so much so Mr. Lester has a chance of finishing better then last place again.
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            1. 12/29/2012 7:05 AM Do Your Homework wrote:
              What's with your obsession on LESTER ZALEWSKI "open minded"?

              LESTER ZALEWSKI is the FRONT RUNNER...in your mind.

              "A traffIc ticket was not taken to trial" - WHOOP-DI-DO - Who hasn't ever got a traffic ticket?

              Two of the other runners screwed us on the Commission.

              Get THEM to explain their RECORD on what counts. SCREWING, oops! Sorry, I mean, SERVING THE VOTERS.
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  • 12/27/2012 9:56 AM Lester Zalewski wrote:
    My opponents have more serious issues than a traffic ticket that was not upheld. Go to Sun-Sentinel blog or Broward beat blog.
    $250,000 of taxpayer money, wasted. Defense of a child abuse case. Conflict of interest city contracts.

    Lester Zalewski
    lesterz.com JUST UPDATED
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    1. 12/31/2012 7:09 AM notupheld wrote:
      you mean to say you took a plea to a withhold of adjudication? Which most states recognize as a conviction? Man you do have trouble telling the truth my friend....the truth shall set you free
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    2. 12/31/2012 12:25 PM John Weaver wrote:

      You've indicated it was a traffic ticket and that it's public information so that anyone who is interested should look it up.

      Why don't you just post all the public information concerning this incident?

      I'm sure you know exactly where to look it up, so it wouldn't be hard for you to do. I think it's the least you could do.

      John Weaver
      CBA President
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      1. 1/1/2013 12:55 PM Rational 1 wrote:
        The least we all could do is consider what's really criminal—$250,000 in taxpayer dollars blown on a "special" election. Some of us would do well to have a sense of priority and perspective and be outraged rather than being hellbent on a traffic ticket. Shift focus and divert attention from the pressing issues at hand. Pretty much sums up the state of the state in D-II. Embarrassing.
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  • 12/30/2012 5:58 PM Atrafficticket wrote:
    I'm not sure but last time I checked you don't get arrested for a traffic ticket or receive a misdemeanor charge levied against you...I agree with all the above that honesty is the most important quality and I feel like he is hiding something from us voters....so please explain this traffic ticket that you were criminally charged with disobeying a police officer
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  • 12/31/2012 10:27 AM Fix Your Ticket wrote:
    Speedy Trial Defense calculates time elapsed from "date of arrest" which in the case of even a parking ticket is the date the ticket is issued. When you are given a traffic ticket you are technically arrested and simultaneously released under your own recognizance.

    "Disobeying an Officer" is a subjective and discretionary charge that may be added to an existing charge. If there is a lack of evidence, witness or reasonable doubt as to its veracity, the court will dismiss the charge.

    The court record in this matter can be accessed online through LexisNexis or by purchasing credits from the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.
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