This Week in Politicians Taking Free Stuff: Frank Carollo's Trip to Spain, Kathy Rundle's $20K in Flowers and Tickets

Categories: Politicks
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via Gran Felix Hotel
The lobby of Frank Carollo's free hotel in Madrid. Not too shabby!
Ever since Miami Beach officials were caught trying to strong-arm tickets from the New World Symphony, public patience has worn thin for politicos taking comped gifts. Last week, via crusading blogger Al Crespo we brought you the tale of Tomas Regalado's gratis box seats at Heat games (and his photos with Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn.)

This week, Crespo does more gift-report digging and finds Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo took a mysterious free trip to Spain, and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle reported just over $20,000 in gifts over the last three years.

Carollo's disclosures show that last June, the Little Havana politico accepted a free flight on Air Europa to Madrid (worth $1,015) and a hotel room at the swank Gran Melia Fenix hotel, which has a lovely, cathedral-like lobby and would have set him back $625 were it not comped.

Who exactly paid for the free Spanish vacay? It's not entirely clear.

Carollo, in his disclosures, says Air Europa and the hotel paid for the flight and the room. As Crespo points out, two months before the trip Carollo attended an "Air Europa Day" event where company reps got a key to the city.

The commish didn't respond to two letters from the blogger, and he hasn't responded to a message Riptide left at his office.

Rundle, meanwhile, reports receiving $20,232.46 in swag since 2008. Her disclosure -- which you can read in full here -- includes everything from a half dozen batches of flowers to $600 in food from Versailles to a $250 necklace.

The biggest items, however, are all tickets to events, including $975 passes to a Super Bowl luncheon and $375 tix to the South Beach Food and Wine Festival's Bubble Q tent.

Just because she reported the tickets doesn't mean that Rundle was partying it up at the events, though, says Ed Griffith, a spokesman for her office. Most events listed on the disclosure are charity affairs Rundle attended to support the effort, he says.

"Usually, she'll go at the request of the charity or the fundraiser," Griffith says. "She still has to report that she didn't pay to attend the event, though."

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Another corrupt pol?
Another corrupt pol?

Frank Carollo votes to use taxpayer money to move trees from the Orange Bowl site to a site in front of his house.

Does Carollo even live in his District?

Is it illegal?
Is it illegal?

If someone is an elected official is it illegal to take 20 $500 checks and then vote to give the donor over $10 Mil?

Hello Kathy?

Truthtella
Truthtella

Hey Pr1ncess123..... I like the new moniker Marc, it becomes you..

Yes opinions are just like assholes, everyone's got one and most of them are shitty. No one is saying that they "don't need evidence" to convict a person for committing a crime dumbass. What is factually correct is that myself along with many others have been sending Mrs. Rundle irrefutable evidence of District 2 Commissioner Marc David Sarnoff's transgressions that have clearly broken the law .Sent to Rundle with a bow on top:

- Mortgage fraud - Sarnoff claiming primary residence on several properties in order to gain a more favorable interest rate.

- Countless violations of sunshine law, complete with video tape showing said violations.

- Campaign violations left and right.

- Placing capital improvement projects that directly benefit his personal property ( Dog park, traffic circle, street closures etc.)

- Vindictively going after business owners who challenge or dare disagree with his vision of how things should be.

- For over 12 years operating an illegal law office directly out of his residential home, never once paying for and obtaining a valid BTR or certificate of use. ( his crooked ass finally got hounded out after neighbors and local business had had enough)etc.,etc.,etc........

I guess ignorance is bliss, eh Pr!ncess123?

Caught!
Caught!

So Frank Carollo gets caught with his hand out? Typical.

Miami Today
Miami Today

Evidence? Sarnoff receives 20 $500 checks from Tibor Hollo. See Campaign Filing. Sarnoff agrees to give Tibor Hollo over $10 mil in tax abatements. See CRA giveaway per Miami Today.

Pr1ncess123
Pr1ncess123

An interesting thing about opinions is that everybody's got one. An interesting thing about filing criminal charges is that you need evidence, not opinions. If you've got evidence of corruption, then you have the moral responsibility to bring it to the authorities to do something to end it. If all you have are opinions, then you really have nothing that any authority can use. Of course, if you are saying that you don't need evidence to convict someone of corruption crimes, then you're not thinking of American justice. Conviction w/o evidence sounds authoritarian/fascist/communist to me.

P_Nis
P_Nis

It's time to clean house, starting with Rundle.

Jbattiglino
Jbattiglino

Orkin Man said...

Let me make this perfectly clear, Marc David Sarnoff is THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIAN IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY OF MIAMI!!!

If we had a State attorney with half a brain and a little morality this asshole would be enjoying three hots and a cot at club fed.... But I digress, KFR is knee deep in this cesspool of political corruption.

How can we ever expect anything to ever improve when the people in charge of eradicating the illegal activities are in bed with the vermin that perpetrate them?

Pr1ncess123
Pr1ncess123

Interesting thing about opinions, everybody's got one. Interesting thing about filing criminal charges, you've got to have evidence, not just opinions.If you've got evidence, bring it to the authorities & make that evidence do some good. If all you got is an opinion, then all you've got is air, sometimes hot air. Of course, you may think that people should be convicted of crimes without evidence--now isn't that an authortarian/fascist/

Truthtella, nice list of concerns which really appear to be code or administrative (read non-criminal which usually have a money penalty connected to a violation). So no wonder you can't get a criminal case filed, you don't know the law that you're trying to wave around like a red flag in front of a bull! The law is not simply what you want it to be, it's what's actually written in the statute books. Quite watching Miami CSI for your legal perspectives & organize your people politically if you hate Sarnoff so much. Your complaints may be 100% legitimate but don't expect others to do the hard work of removing a Commissioner you really hate. Do the work yourself. When you win, you'll feel better.

nevernot
nevernot

Now what do you do when the local bloggers in the course of a 15 minute investigation uncover actual evidence on the illegal activities of the people paid to represent us, report it to Rundle only to have her shrug it off and go about her business of doing nothing? She has been presented evidence numerous times from the public record procured through FOIA requests and does absolutely nothing about it. On top of that the only real prosecution for corruption she has pursued was headed by a man wanted in the Caymans, who failed to make a case the judge could understand and ultimately unknowingly presented exculpatory evidence and was forced to admit he coerced the witnesses and fed them lies. She has done nothing whatsoever to benefit our city other than try to look pretty at the local bars while she gets drunk.

Connect the dots
Connect the dots

Read the Contributor lists posted on the City Clerk's site. Connect the dots.

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