Joe Gruters Seeks to Short-Circuit “Dark Money” in Campaign Financing Look at Sovereign Citizen Group Says PI Bill Warner & Sarasota Phoenix’s John Susce
Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Joe Gruters Seeks to Short-Circuit “Dark Money” in Campaign Financing, Look at Sovereign Citizen Group Says PI Bill Warner & Sarasota Phoenix’s John Susce. It appeared to me in the the Manatee County race for House Seat District 73 2016 Primary Election between Joe Gruters and Steve Vernon that money from and members of the Sovereign Citizen Group, (Rodger Dowdell), were solidly behind Steve Vernon. On May 13, 2015 Sarasota County’s Charter Review Board member Steven Fields moved to create a special committee to study Roger Dowdell’s proposed amendment to include a people’s common law grand jury. The board voted 4-4 on Field’s motion, which failed because of the tie, what a bunch of fools. ‘People’s jury’ idea gains traction in Sarasota Fl, what the hell, giving cop killers power to indict judges and politicians in Sarasota Fl? At the May 13th, 2015 meeting of Sarasota County’s Charter Review Board, Rodger Dowdell, a Bradenton resident with ties to the national sovereign citizen movement, gave a lengthy presentation and proposed amending the county charter to include a people’s common law grand jury. Anyone who thinks the Suncoast is immune to the actions of sovereign citizens is being naive says private eye Bill Warner.
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Sarasota Herald Tribune reporter Zack Anderson writes: Locked in a tight GOP primary last year, state Rep. Joe Gruters, photo on left above, was pummeled down the stretch by a series of hard-hitting attack mailers while promoting his opponent Steve Vernon. Gruters still isn’t sure who had it out for him. The mailers — which he estimates cost roughly $100,000 — were paid for by shadowy political committees. It was a close contest. Gruters won by just 385 votes. Now he’s trying to ensure that what he calls the “dark money” campaign against him doesn’t happen to anyone else.It’s often difficult to trace the source of political ads in Florida because the money can be funneled through multiple political committees, obscuring where it originally came from. Gruters’ House Bill 1057 would end that. “This will stop a lot of the games that are being played,” Gruters said. Corporations, political opponents, special interests groups and others involved in the political process likely would be more reluctant to launch attacks if those attacks can be traced back to the original source. Anonymity also makes it easier to stretch the truth. Accountability and transparency tend to make people more cautious in what they say.
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John Susce Sarasota Phoenix writes: ERIC ROBINSON HAS BECOME THE BAGMAN FOR THOSE CORRUPTING THE FLORIDA POLITICAL PROCESS. CITIZENS GRAND JURY COORDINATOR CONTRIBUTES TO ROBINSON PAC. $142,590 of money raised by Robinson’s managed COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA SENIORS was funneled into other Robinson managed PAC’s to support various other candidates and referendum questions that Benderson, Beruff, Neal and Jensen have an interest, such as the surtax referendum in Manatee County that was defeated. The referendum proposed a sales tax increase to pay for health care programs in Manatee County. According to Tom Nolan, who was the paid political consultant that led the campaign to approve the surtax referendum in Manatee County, the reason that dark money was funneled into various Robinson PAC’s to defeat the referendum was that Beruff and others were against public funding for medical assistance to indigents. They approve only referendums that pay for infrastructure so that they don’t have to pay those costs for their various developments. Another contribution to the COMMITTEE TO PROTECT FLORIDA SENIORS PAC was the $40,000 made by Roger Dowdell, who is the coordinator for the National Liberty Alliance which touts the Citizens Grand Jury. Dowdell recently came before the Sarasota County Charter Review Board to propose a “people’s common law grand jury,” which is a proposal to investigate and prosecute government officials for treason—which carries a potential death penalty. “Grand jury powers come from God,” Dowdell said, advocating a return to the post-revolution legal system where there were no police departments, and judges rode horseback to hear cases brought by groups of 25 citizens.
As of May 20th, 2015 the Sovereign Citizen: Unified United States Common Law Grand Jury: P. O. Box 59 Valhalla, New York supposedly mailed to all 94 USA Federal Courts a Judicial Action implementing their “Common Law Grand Jury. Just one of the gems in this manifesto is that the County Sheriff could arrest the Governor without the permission of the District Attorney, if needed the County Sheriff could call the ‘Posse Comitatus’ to assist, what a load, this is nutjob stuff! “The Sheriff being Chief Executive, Administrative, Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) and highest Peace Officer of the entire County in which he was elected has the absolute authority to arrest even the Governor or a Judge and then call the Grand Jury directly for an indictment; a Sheriff need not get permission from the district attorney. The Sheriff also has the authority and duty to secure liberty and the peace within his county and if necessary call the posse comitatus to assist. The challenge to the Sheriff today is from forces within our federal government that is unlawfully moving forward to martial law in order to disarm the American People; the only purpose for martial law is to control a captured population.”
The Manatee County race for House Seat District 73
2016 Primary Election
OFFICIAL RESULTS Tuesday night.
Joe Gruters…..10,342 votes
Steve Vernon….9,958 votes
Mailers attack Joe Gruters, some of the nastiest mail pieces are coming from Committee to Protect Florida, but a second group, calling itself Stop Benefits to Illegals Now, is also getting in on the act, taking in $40,000 in contributions, including a $25,000 chunk from Leadership for Florida’s Future. That group, in turn, collected $100,000 from Citizens Alliance for Florida’s Economy on August 12th. Where did that money come from? Only one day earlier, Citizen’s Alliance took in $100,000 from the Florida Justice political committee. Stop Benefits to Illegals NOW” and ‘Conservatives for Truth’ have been playing in several state House races across the state of Florida. Jason Garcia with Florida Trend pointed out the groups have received $50,000 directly from the Florida Justice Association. The “Florida Justice PAC,” the political arm of the Florida Justice Association, gave “Citizens Alliance for Florida’s Economy” $155,000 in 2016. In turn, the “Citizens Alliance for Florida’s Economy” has given more than $300,000 to “Conservatives for Truth.” And records show “Conservatives for Truth” gave “Truth in Politics” $221,000 between Aug. 10 and Aug. 25, what the hell kind of a shell game is this?
Over the last two days, mailers from a group calling themselves Stop Benefits to Illegals NOW!, have poured into Manatee County accusing Joe Gruters of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from “special interest groups.” Another slams him for living in “liberal Sarasota County” – a longtime Republican stronghold that has not voted for a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. The district the two are battling for includes both Manatee and Sarasota counties, though the bulk of the district is in Manatee.
Florida Division of Elections records show that Stop Benefits to Illegals NOW! was created on July 25 by Carlie Knight, who lists her address in Cape Coral at an executive office suite rental company that also leases out mailbox addresses. More than half the of the $40,000 that group has raised comes from a political action committee calling itself Leadership for Florida’s Future. That group in turn reports collecting 85 percent of its money in August so far from one group called Citizens Alliance for Florida’s Economy, which collects donations from dozens of groups. How much Stop Benefits to Illegals NOW! has spent on mail pieces won’t likely be known until after Tuesday’s election when it will have to next report its spending. Joe said the “dark money” that is nearly impossible to trace shows Vernon is a “hypocrite” and is the one who is really in bed with special interest connections who are directing the mail pieces. Steve Vernon has fired back at Joe Gruters on Facebook, calling Joe Gruters a “bold face liar.”
One Large Donor is Rodger Dowdell of the National Liberty Alliance Which Touts Wacky ‘We The People Citizens Grand Jury’ who donated $1,000.00 to Steve Vernon’s campaign. Rodger Dowdell is the State coordinator for the National Liberty Alliance and a Tea Party activist who denies being a ‘sovereign citizen’, claims the states are sovereign the states have the right to nullify any federal law, but nonetheless spouts sovereign citizen rhetoric says “Grand jury powers come from God.” CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS STEVE VERNON STATE DISTRICT 73: ON 03/15/2016 ..$1,000.00- DOWDELL, RODGER B. 7804 SLOANE GARDENS COURT UNIVERSITY PARK, FL 34201.
Sovereign Citizen Nutjobs Kill Cops:
“We The People”, Sovereign Citizen Terrorist Cop Killers Try to Instill Common Law Grand Juries In Local County Politics Around USA As Tool To Indict Judges and Politicians. BOLO: Violent Sovereign Citizens are actively and currently injecting themselves into local Presidential Campaigns, they present themselves as extreme conservatives and use group names synonymous with National Liberty Alliance or use the term “Common Law Grand Jury”, they constantly quote the US Constitution (in great detail) and bring up the “Magna Carta” from 12th Century British rule all the time. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland released a report entitled “Understanding Law Enforcement Intelligence Processes.” According to the officers polled for the study, the Sovereign Citizen movement is the number one domestic terrorism threat today, a big jump from just seven years ago when the group was seventh on the list. The Sovereign Citizens mantra is to “Kill the Messenger” or the person (cops) who enforce laws or a Judge’s Order.
The U.S. government says these are extremists who believe that they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack in routine daily instances such as a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order. They’ve lashed out against authority in incidents such as one in 2012, in which a father and son were accused of engaging in a shootout with police in Louisiana, in a confrontation that began with an officer pulling them over for a traffic violation. Two officers were killed and several others wounded in the confrontation. The men were sovereign citizen extremists who claimed police had no authority over them. Among the findings from the Homeland Security intelligence assessment: “(Sovereign citizen) violence during 2015 will occur most frequently during routine law enforcement encounters at a suspect’s home, during enforcement stops and at government offices.” And it did see list below from 2015 and back to 2010:
2). February 2015 – Joseph Paffen allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with four deputies inside as they responded to a call for a domestic incident involving Paffen at a Publix grocery store in Orlando at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, and the officers returned fire, killing him, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies told NBC station WESH that Paffen identified as a “sovereign citizen.”
3). TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT November 22nd 2014 – Curtis Wade Holley, Tallahassee LCSO Deputies Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl arrived first at the scene of the fire (set by Holley) simultaneously in separate vehicles at 10:22 a.m. Leon County Deputy Christopher L. Smith, a 47-year-old married father of two, was shot and killed immediately by Curtis Wade Holley, who was armed with a .40 caliber handgun. Bill Warner, a private investigator based in Sarasota, said Holley may have shared the same beliefs as sovereign citizens. Bill Warner said Holley may have drawn inspiration from others with anti-government views, including so-called “doomsday prepper” Martin Winters, recently sentenced to federal prison for stockpiling explosives at his Tampa-area home for use in the apocalypse. “A lot of these guys don’t go out and get very vocal,” Bill Warner said. “They keep it quiet.” Sovereign Citizen.
4). September 9, 2014 – Eric Frein, an anti-government survivalist, was currently a fugitive wanted for shooting two Pennsylvania State troopers in an ambush, killing one and wounding the other. According to the State Police Commissioner, Frein had talked about committing mass murder in addition to killing officers. Accused cop killer Eric Frein, one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, was captured October 30th after a 48-day manhunt, police said. Sovereign Citizen.
5). August 12, 2014 — Armed with an AK-47, ammunition, and propane canisters, Douglas Lee Leguin set a fire, then called 911 to report it. When Texas officers and firemen responded to the call, he shot at them in order to bring attention to his political complaints. Sovereign Citizen.
6). July 11, 2014 – According to court documents, John Huggins had a plan to trigger the next American Revolution by killing two police officers, then bombing both the Tremonton Utah police station and a nearby bridge to prevent first responders from helping those injured and killed in the attacks. In his home, police found a bomb and five notebooks that detailed his surveillance on Tremonton police officers. Sovereign Citizen.
7). July 10, 2014 – An Ohio Probation Officer was shot and injured when he attempted to arrest Tyshawn Hancock for violating the terms of his probation on aggravated assault charges. Hancock had “what would generally be called an anti-government kind of viewpoint and a suspicion of authority.” Sovereign Citizen.
8). June 30, 2014 – Samuel Bradbury was arrested for threatening to kill local Indiana police officers and “blow the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to pieces.” Bradbury claimed to be affiliated with Jerad and Amanda Miller (see below.) During a search of Bradbury’s home, police found the components for a firebomb and two explosive devices. Hybrid Extreme Left / Extreme Right, Sovereign Citizen.
9). June 14, 2014 – Brent Douglas Cole engaged in a shootout with two officers who confronted him when he was camping illegally in the Tahoe National Forest in California. Cole, a California Highway Patrol officer, and a Bureau of Land Management ranger were all wounded in the shootout. The federal government charged Cole with the shooting on September 18, 2014. Sovereign Citizen
10). June 8, 2014 — Jerad and Amanda Miller ambushed and killed two random Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers having lunch in Nevada. They also killed a bystander who tried to stop their spree, before being killed by officers responding to the scene. The couple had provided armed support to Cliven Bundy during his standoff against the federal government in April. Sovereign Citizen.
11). June 6, 2014 — Dennis Marx attempted to take over a courthouse in Cumming, Georgia while wearing body armor and a gas mask, with explosives strapped to his body. He set a spike strip in the road to slow first responders and was armed with guns, ammunition, grenades, tear gas, and bombs. His plan was thwarted by a deputy who was outside the courthouse doing a perimeter sweep. The officer was shot and wounded, and Marx died at the scene. The violent battle was captured on a security camera and on the smart phone of a witness. Sovereign Citizen
12). June 5, 2014 — In Moncton, Canada, Justin Bourque ambushed and shot five Mounties, killing three. Although Canadian, Bourque’s social media pages reveal an obsession with U.S. gun laws and politics, killing police, typical sovereign conspiracy theories, the American Revolution, and Anonymous, all similar to Jerad Miller’s online presence. General Anti-government/Canadian
13). May 1, 2014 — While Arvin Kangas argued with two Alaska State Troopers in remote Tanana, Alaska, his teenage son Nathaniel shot the officers in the back multiple times, killing them both. The father and son staged the bodies of the Troopers to make it appear that they had drawn their weapons and then rushed to hide their marijuana plants and seeds. Sovereign Citizen
14). January 15, 2014 — When Ohio sheriff deputies went to evict Mark Kulis, they knew he was a sovereign citizen so they waited until he left his home. He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and once inside the home, the officers found multiple explosive devices, including a bomb in the oven that was wired to a motion sensor. Kulis was found unfit to stand trial. Sovereign Citizen.
15). December 19, 2013 — When two South Carolina deputies pulled Yahchanan Reames over for driving erratically, he engaged the officers in a shootout. All three were injured. At the time, Reames was out on bond for engaging officers in a fight in a prior traffic stop. Authorities believe Reames may share the views of an extremist group known as the Sovereign Citizens‘ movement. Sovereign Citizen
16). August 21, 2013 David Brutsche, a convicted felon and child sex offender, and Devon Newman were caught in plot to kidnap, torture, and murder Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers. They pled guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced to probation. Sovereign Citizen
17). March 14th, 2013 Panhandle Florida…..An armed “sovereign citizen,” accused of printing his own currency and defying government authority, was shot and killed in Florida last weekend after a four-hour standoff with a police SWAT team. Like so many law enforcement encounters with sovereign citizens, the case involving Jeffrey Allen Wright began with a routine traffic stop before quickly escalating. Wright attempted to pay his traffic fine with counterfeit money.
18). September 4, 2012 Christopher Lacy obscured his license plate and then shot and killed the first California Highway Patrol officer who pulled him over. Lacy was killed by the officer’s partner. Sovereign Citizen
19). May 20, 2010 Two police officers in West Memphis, Arkansas were shot and killed during routine traffic stop in Arkansas turned into an extraordinarily violent shooting between police and a father-son pair of so-called “sovereign citizens” six weeks ago, shedding light on a secretive and dangerous subculture which believes American laws don’t apply to them.When police stopped a white minivan in West Memphis, Ark., on May 20, they had no idea that it would set off a chain of events that would result in the deaths of two officers as well as Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph. The FBI lists sovereign citizens as a domestic terror threat. Sovereign Citizen.
20). April 19 1995 The FBI considers sovereign-citizen extremists as comprising a domestic terrorist movement, which, scattered across the United States, has existed for decades, with well-known members, such as Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, bombing. The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others
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