23 June 2005

Permanent Open Thread

As recommended, I have started a new open thread to discuss what one email described as "Maddoxgate."

Please post your new comments here!

142 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox has cancelled his press conference. He is now moving on with his campaign.

9:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for stepping up, answering the questions and taking responsibility.

There must be some question he doesn't want to answer. He wouldn't go and hide in the bunker if there wasn't something else out there.

10:08:00 AM  
Blogger Verity said...

Not a good thing to do to the press either...

10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous gator78 said...

Sounds like a guilty man to me. Get ready for the perp walk!

10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The editors are starting to weigh in.

Here's what's on Thursday's St. Petersburg Times Editorial Page:

The Maddox mess
Tax delinquency is not the only legacy left by former state Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox, who is now running for governor.
A Times Editorial
Published June 23, 2005

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


The IRS has come calling on the Florida Democratic Party, and Scott Maddox is suddenly looking a little less like a miracle manager.

Maddox left his post as chairman last month, just as the IRS was placing a lien of roughly $200,000 on the party for failing to pay Social Security and federal income taxes that were withheld from employees' paychecks. Now he is running for governor, and the financial mess he left at party headquarters is something he is leaving to his campaign pollster. "He did not know about it," Dave Beattie told reporters Tuesday. "Any mistakes that were made he takes responsibility for."

The "mistakes were made" refrain has less than a gubernatorial ring to it, which may explain why Maddox let his pollster speak it. After all, just a few months ago, Maddox was boasting that: "I believe I have helped rebuild the Democratic Party, and I'm ready to help rebuild the state of Florida." Oops.

The IRS embarrassment could be dismissed as just another symptom of the Democrats' organizational disarray if not for the political mileage Maddox has tried to get out of the chairmanship. But as his successor, former congresswoman Karen Thurman, is discovering, tax delinquency is not Maddox's only legacy. She sought the job at a time when people were questioning how Maddox, while party chairman, could pocket $10,000 to sit next to a developer in a Leon County Commission meeting. She was asked to investigate a cozy contract Maddox gave his former spokeswoman, Allie Merzer. Now Thurman has party officials asking about $900,000 that seems to have vanished in a pile of illegible financial records.

In the race for governor, Maddox has used business acumen - at least that's what he calls it - as his calling card. Yet the two examples he consistently cites - Tallahassee mayor and state party chairman - are not building his case. As for mayor, he claims to have "helped run a police department, a fire department, an electric utility and an airport, among other things." Yet Tallahassee's mayor is the ceremonial leader; the day-to-day government is run by a city manager.

As for the party chairmanship, Maddox can't now easily square his rhetoric with the trail of debt he left behind. The state Democratic Party wasn't exactly a finely tuned engine when Maddox took the wheel, but the IRS wasn't putting it up on blocks either.

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/06/23/Opinion/The_Maddox_mess.shtml

10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox will respond when his pollster is good and ready.

10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous MaddoxforCFO said...

He's waiting until his pollster runs the number son the CFO race.

10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Adam S. Fox, Boca Raton said...

There is no missing money, that has been cleared up. There was confusion over reporting rules. Anyone who continues to spread these blatent lies is furthering their own desperate adgenda. Stop tearing the party apart and instead wait for the facts to come to light before jumping to ridiculous conclusions. Maddox is not out of the race. He is just warming up. He will be our next Governor.

11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam,

It is Scott Maddox who is dividing the party. As a lawyer and former candidate for Attorney General, he should have known the rules. It is time for him to stop passing the buck and take responsibility.

It time to face the facts!! Scott Maddox left the party in financial shambles and gave a $100, 000 contract to a crony when the party was in dire straits. He knew about the problems and was warned months ago.

Check the record. This is not the first time that he has done something like this.

There is still more to come!! The truth will be told.

12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Browarddem06 said...

Maddox is going to be our next Governor. These stories are a last desperate attempt by the old guard in the Democratic Party to control the party by discrediting the leader who has brought so much fresh blood and new vigor to our party. This is the same old guard that cost us legislative seat after legislative seat and forced Bill McBride upon us 4 years ago. This is the same old guard that let down Al Gore and John Kerry, and the same old guard that cut deals with the Republicans on every issue in the Legislature of importance. Maddox has stood strong and has been slandered when in fact these problems and these practices were put in place when the old guard ran the Democratic Party.

On the grassroots you'll find that we are not paying attention to this nonsense and we are forging ahead to build a new Florida with Scott Maddox as our Governor!

12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

News to all of you: Maddox NEVER had a Press Conference scheduled. I found that out today.

He talked with the press late last night and he is still campaigning and will be in this race till the end.

To those who question Scott's ability to run a Government, Scott Maddox helped run and did run the Tallahassee City Government for close to 10 years as a City Commissioner and Mayor. He has led this city through times of growth in which downtown is growing up and the city continues to grow.

Scott has what it takes to lead this State to many great things. He will lead this State to many great things when he is elected Governor in the Fall of 2006.

Some of you are SO CLUELESS over what has happened in the past few days, the lies you are spreading are quite funny.

The taxes have been paid and the $900,000 dollars were spent already during the past 2004 election and unfortunately, due to a staff member who resigned last week, the taxes were never reported as they should have been and the $900,000 was a simple error.

If you believe otherwise, you have another motive in place and that is quite sad.

Scott has the leadership to perform under the pressure and he is pushing forward.

If you are going to state things you know NOTHING about, then you will continue to be laughed at by those who do know what we are talking about.

2:01:00 PM  
Blogger RON said...

FDP RECORDS SHOW THAT NO FUNDS ARE MISSING FROM SCOTT MADDOX’S TENURE


Over the past few days, there have been allegations that the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) is missing $900,000 from the time period that Scott Maddox served as chair of the party. However, all financial records for 2003-2004 have been reviewed over the past 48 hours, and they clearly show that 100% of the “missing” funds are present and accounted for. The claim that the FDP cannot account for any funding is completely false.



While this may seem to be an isolated incident, the Democratic parties in other 2004 battleground states have experienced similar reporting challenges largely in part due to complex changes from McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. The error in the FDP records resulted from simple mistakes made by a party staffer completing the myriad of state and federal campaign finance reports in a fast-paced presidential election year. The 2004 campaign finance reports are being corrected immediately to reflect that every dime of the supposed missing funds is accounted for.



This is a relief for all Democrats in Florida, but those who spread falsehoods about the Party finances must be immediately corrected, especially if they are doing so to promote their own political ambitions. It would be an outrage for any loyal Democrat to pass along misconceptions that damage the reputation of the Party.



Another accounting error, which led to accidental non-payment of some 2003 FDP FICA taxes, has also surfaced recently. Even though Mr. Maddox just learned of the clerical error two days ago, he immediately stated, “I accept full responsibility for the actions of my staff when I served as Party Chair. That's what real leadership requires." Since then, he was worked tirelessly with current FDP leadership and officials at the Democratic National Committee to secure a DNC loan, which would allow the Party to pay its outstanding FICA obligations.



The quick resolution of these circumstances further highlights Scott Maddox’s personal character required of a true leader that will bring fresh new leadership to the Governor’s Office of Florida. Mr. Maddox’s insistence on accepting full responsibility for his staff—even two years after the fact—is a unique and refreshing example in a day when so many politicians attempt to shirk responsibility and shift blame during challenging times. But most importantly, this experience shows that Scott Maddox is a problem solver who will stand up and take charge to find quick solutions when faced with adversity.



The Maddox For Florida campaign has not missed a beat over the past few days and will continue to race forward on all cylinders—especially after Mayor Maddox's electrifying appearance at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Gala two weeks ago. The endorsements for Mr. Maddox to be Florida’s next Governor are pouring in from Republican and Democratic Mayors, local elected officials, and Democratic Party leaders across the state. You can join the Maddox For Florida campaign, along with thousands of other Floridians, by visiting www.scottmaddox.com. Fresh new leadership for everyday Floridians is clearly on the way.





Ron Mills

Democratic Victory Network

2:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh,

One question. Do you consider the St. Petersburg times a credible source for information or not? The Editors of the Times would NOT write the sort of editorial they published this morning if Maddox was guiltless.

2:15:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Thanks Ron.... Couldn't agree more. Well said.

2:15:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Scott Maddox has accepted responsibility for not knowing when he should have. I am not discounting that. It's was his staff member that made the mistake and any chairperson, including now Karen Thurmon, trusts their staff to do their job correctly and if not, report the errors. The errors were NEVER reported to Scott Maddox.

However, some of you are clearly intent on destroying Maddox and it won't work. Some are calling him a criminal, which is false and in fact is slander so I would watch it.

If you want the truth to the story, I have posted the truth above and in this post. A staffer made a mistake and the $900,000 was probably spent and has reportedly been accounted for.

This is no "Maddoxgate", but instead, a group of people trying to destroy any chance to elect the one man who can win in the Fall of 2006.

Maddox in 2006!

2:21:00 PM  
Anonymous browarddem06 said...

Ron and Josh:

Keep the faith. People who are objective realize this whole IRS flap is no big deal and has planted by the Republican and Democratic insiders to try and stop Maddox before he is too strong to stop. We have beat them back and will ride into the Governor's mansion.

2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know that the errors were not reported to Maddox?

I agree that the 900K is probably no big deal, but the IRS deal, that is another story.

2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Maddox said he knew nothing about it. I for one believe him. Moreover, the staff member resigned last week because apparently, she never reported it to her supervisor and thus, it was never reported to Scott Maddox.

Maddox doesn't do the taxes. Other people in the office do and at the time, an outside company was paying the bills and doing the taxes for us. It was an oversight but that doesn't mean Maddox can't run a Government or a State.

2:36:00 PM  
Anonymous calmdowndems said...

Maddox folks, your passion is going to help elect a Dem in 06. Remember what Scott said at JJ, he's supporting whoever wins. This means it might not be your guy, it happens.

These are serious charges, and instead of getting extremely defensive, I hope you all can use your passion to rebuild the Party and not just Maddox's shaken campaign. If it's such a non-issue, ease up on the defense, I don't think many undecided primary voters are reading these threads.

2:38:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Browarddem06:

It's no problem. I was at the Maddox party headquarters today in Tallahassee as a matter of fact.

Maddox is the best guy for the job in my opinion and it hasn't changed.

2:38:00 PM  
Anonymous browarddemo6 said...

Thanks Josh. We have defeated these efforts to slander the former Chairman and we will get him elected Governor next year! Onward to victory!

2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

For those of you who do still support Scott Maddox and for those of you who still don't and won't, I have created a Blog supporting Scott and his bid for Governor.

http://maddoxforgovernor06.blogspot.com/

3:38:00 PM  
Anonymous browarddem06 said...

Josh, I applaud your courage in the face of so many lies and distortions floating around these blog sites. I will enjoy your website where the true democrats reside.

4:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox is full of himself. Who does he think he is nayway, Wyatt Sexton. He must be on something if he thinks he can still run for Gov. As a lifelong Dem. I will never vote for that guy.

He sucks!

4:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox's pants are on fire....
liar liar, pants on fire. Your day is coming and you will not get away with the stuff that will come from a full review of FPD spending.

He travels like a rock star doing his lobbying business and making the Party foot the bill.

Get ready, the bad news is coming out.

and he does suck!

4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Joe Friday said...

As John Adams said in 1770:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Here are some facts compiled from several news sources:


# The Internal Revenue Service froze the party's bank account for non-payment of payroll taxes during the middle six months of 2003.

# (FDP Chair Karen) Thurman said payroll taxes were not paid in the second and third quarters of 2003. In the fall of that year, she said, the Democrats outsourced their payroll to a private company.


# Taxes, interest and penalties came to $202,809, but federal officials adjusted the amount to $200,070 after meeting earlier this week with party Chairman Karen Thurman, who took over earlier this year.


# Maddox was the party chairman when, the IRS said, the party failed to pay its employees' payroll and Social Security taxes for 2003.


# The IRS slapped the lien on the party May 12. Four days later, Maddox, a former mayor of Tallahassee, entered the governor's race, touting his work as chairman and calling himself the only Democrat with executive experience to lead Florida.


# It's not the first time the party under Maddox has faced an IRS lien: court records in Tallahassee show a $7,190 IRS lien filed against the party last July.


# The party will use most of its cash on hand to pay the debt and lift an IRS lien that had frozen party assets, and the national party put up money in case a loan is needed.


# Thurman said more troubling was a system that allowed a major tax liability to fester for two years.


# Thurman told county party leaders Wednesday that Maddox had "absolutely, unequivocally the worst" internal controls when he ran the party.


# Maddox blamed a party bookkeeper - whom he hired - for not telling him. "She didn't tell her superiors. She didn't tell me," Maddox said outside a campaign fundraiser in Palm Beach County. "It was a total surprise but I take responsibility. I believe that's part of leadership."

# Told of Maddox's remarks, party Chairwoman Karen Thurman said: "I have in my possession documents that say that management was informed about this, but I am not ready to release anything."

5:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

Ouch - that last one hurt.

Facts CAN indeed be stubborn things and the facts are that Maddox has lost whatever credibility or moral authority he may have had before this story broke in his quest to become the Democratic nominee for Governor.

The other fact is that nearly every rank and file, undecided Democrat unaffiliated with the Maddox campaign who has seen this story is asking themselves,

"How can someone who can't keep the finances of a $5 million organization in order, expect to be handed the reins of a $60 BILLION state budget with a straight face?"

...and that friends is why the Maddox campaign is shaking in their boots today underneath their brave faces.

6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Trust me, we are just as confident as we were before all of this happened Martin.

The Maddox campaign is pushing forward and in fact, he was at a fundraiser yesterday with State Democratic Elected Officials. He will push forward and this will be a non-story come a month from now.

Maddox in 06!

6:34:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

6:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Martin said...

You still haven't answered this question Josh,

"How can someone who can't keep the finances of a $5 million organization in order, expect to be handed the reins of a $60 BILLION state budget with a straight face?"

6:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In light of "Maddoxgate", I came across an interesting quote from a letter from former Gov. LeRoy Collins written on July 27, 1971 on measuring a governor.

How does your candidiate (Davis, Maddox or Smith) measure up to the standards established in this 4-pronged Collins test:

"1. His integrity (this embraces more than his honesty, it means the wholeness of his dedication to serve well the public interest);

"2. His ability to make decisions promptly and decisively (this is very important because pressures tend to encourage procrastination and equivocation to avoid offending people and interests);

"3. His administrative competence to see that his decisions are acted upon and his goals achieved; and

"4. His 'style' or 'charisma' or 'magnetic' qualities in his personality that add to his effectiveness as a leader.

"Now a Governor can do a good job and fall short on one or more of these attributes, but to be superior he needs to rate well on all four standards, I think."

Letter from LeRoy Collins
July 27, 1971
Printed on page 52 of the 1977-1978 (16th edition) Florida Handbook compiled by Allen Morris

7:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS JUST IN: JEB WEIGHS IN ON MADDOXGATE:

Jeb Bush: 'Pathetic' Fla. Dem. party unhealthy for 2-party system

By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday the financial struggles of the "pathetic" Florida Democratic Party are unhealthy for the two-party system.

The second-term Republican governor was responding to questions about the Democrats' newest difficulties in the aftermath of a disclosure this week that the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien for unpaid payroll and Social Security taxes in 2003.

"How could you not know that you haven't paid your FICA and your Social Security taxes?" Bush said. "Hello! That's just the craziest thing I've ever heard." ...

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/062305/D8ATJ1V82.shtml

8:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am truely sorry that this "accounting error" has snowballed into a national story. Scott Maddox needs to leave the Governor's race. The IRS story will hover over him and every other democrat running for every office until he steps out of the race. It is a shame, he is a good candidate. But, sometimes, you have to fall on the sword that you sharpened and honed.

8:13:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

The Legislature does the budget. The Governor signs it and impliments it but a Governor Maddox would once again only have to look over it but it's up to the Legislature for budget matters.

And even if it wasn't, Maddox has worked with the City Manager in Tallahassee and have been successful running a budget greater than 5 million. He is fully capable and will be doing it come January of 2007.

8:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott is a nice fellow, but this thing is bringing the entire party down. He needs to do the right thing and step aside, for the sake of our 2006 chances.

Otherwise, the donors will continue to have no confidence that anything ever changes. IMHO.

9:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott should drop out of the race today!

But he's so damn arrogant that he won't.

Sad. Very sad.

10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Charlie said...

Let's get something straight. Maddox is NOT getting out of this race. He has no concern for the Party or for anyone but himself. If he brings down the entire Party by staying in, those of us who have worked with him over the years know that he doesn't care. He will put his own interests over those of the Party 100% of the time.

I agree with Josh and the others that Maddox is a good candidate. Actually a great candidate. He is a great speaker, and I think he is the only Dem in the race with the courage to take on the Republicans. (Davis and Smith are nice, but a little too timid to be running for Governor. Their silence during this whole incident speaks volumes.) But that being said, this issue will never go away - especially if we find out that Maddox lied about not knowing of the IRS problems before this week. (This is apparently what Karen Thurman is claiming.)

To Josh and those that say this will be old news by next year, I have three words for you - Sami Al Arian. That was an issue that took down Betty Castor, because she just couldn't shake it. Next year if Maddox is the nominee, when he talks about education, the Rs will talk about the IRS incident. When Maddox talks about health care, the Rs will talk about the IRS incident. When Maddox talks about law enforcement, the Rs will talk about the IRS incident. (Does anyone see a pattern developing here?)

Republicans always beat Dems on message control. A weakness like this, and even the Maddox supporters have to admit that this is definitely an Achilles heal for Maddox, will be exploited over and over and over again.

But like I said, the welfare of the Party is the last thing on Maddox's mind. He will stay in the race, and he will probably win the nomination. Today is a great day to be Charlie Crist.

10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeb also stated that if he were a Democrat he'd look at the look favorably upon the other candidates running against Maddox. Jeb couldn't resist piling on!

10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tampa Tribune Editorial

Jun 24, 2005

After Bungling Party's Books, Maddox Deserves The Boot


Given the Democratic Party's downward spiral in Florida politics, you might wonder what qualifies former state party chairman Scott Maddox to run for governor.
Now we learn that he can't manage a budget, either. Under his leadership, the state Democratic Party failed to pay employees' payroll and Social Security taxes, resulting in an IRS lien on party assets.

Maddox says he accepts responsibility, although he is quick to blame a bookkeeper. Still, if Maddox had the makings of a strong chief executive, he would have been asking probative questions, holding people accountable and managing the party to financial stability.

Instead, party activists are being asked to write checks to help dispose of the $200,000 tax lien. Another $900,000 may be missing from the state party treasury, although Maddox says that may be the result of a simple bookkeeping error.

Regardless, the former Tallahassee mayor's track record creates no confidence that he could manage a $63 billion state budget.

New Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman, who must clean up this mess, says, ``I can tell you that according to the audit that was done, the internal controls in this office were absolutely, unequivocally the worst.''

The personable Maddox is a gifted speaker, and his fellow Democrats had hoped he would energize the party when they selected him chair more than two years ago. Even then, some worried that Maddox would use the office to advance his personal ambitions rather than rebuild a party that has lost the Governor's Mansion and holds minority status in the state House and Senate.

Their fears were realized. Maddox attracted publicity for himself but failed to put together an organization that could win a statewide race.

Perhaps there is no scandal here - just honest mistakes and inattention. It doesn't matter. Because of Maddox's leadership, the state party is embarrassed, discredited and broke.

Maddox should get out of the governor's race. Now.

This story can be found at: http://tampatrib.com/News/MGB0XC5NBAE.html

1:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the hits just keep on coming. This is in today's Palm Beach Post:

Commentary: Leave it to Democrats to see poorhouse as just the ticket
Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post columnist

Friday, June 24, 2005

In an unprecedented effort to avoid any possible name confusion with the Green Party and to also provide a clear contrast to those capitalist-savvy Republicans, the Florida Democratic Party has renounced money. ...


... By becoming the Broke Party, the Florida Democrats have embarked on the most self-destructive way to make the point that some people were just flat-out not better off during the Jeb Bush years. ...

... Faced with the Republican monopoly of power in the state, the state Dems have gone from checks and balances to empty checkbooks and negative balances.

The situation for the Florida Dems looks like this:

(1) The party's broke.

(2) It failed to pay the IRS more than $200,000 in taxes.

(3) There's a $900,000 accounting problem lurking in the books, something euphemistically referred to as "a coding error."

OK, that's the good news.

Now for bad news: The party chairman that left this mess, Scott Maddox, is supposed to be the front-runner in next year's governor's race — the party's great hope for reclaiming Tallahassee.

The Maddox campaign song, I guess, will be Lien on Me. ...

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/local_news/epaper/2005/06/24/s1b_binocol_0624.html

1:59:00 AM  
Blogger RON said...

Gov. Jeb Bush on called the Florida Democratic Party ''pathetic,''t thing I've ever heard.''
http://tinyurl.com/7zyh9



Well let me show you Pathetic:





S&L BAILOUT INVOLVED JEB BUSH
PARTNERSHIP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID
$4 MILLION ON AN INVESTMENT LOAN ISSUED
BY FLORIDA THRIFT

By Sharon LaFraniere
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 15, 1990 ; Page A24

The federal government has paid out $4 million to make good on an insolvent Florida thrift's
loan, the proceeds of which went to a partnership involving President Bush's son Jeb and a
business partner, officials said yesterday.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) collected $505,000 from a partnership
between Jeb Bush and Miami developer Armando Codina after an investor in one of their real
estate deals defaulted on a $4.5 million loan from Broward Federal Savings and Loan in
Sunrise, Fla.

But the government had to cover the remaining $4 million in debt along with numerous other
bad Broward Federal loans in order to sell the thrift to another financial institution after it
collapsed in December 1988, FDIC officials said. The total cost of paying off the loans is
estimated at $285 million. . . .

Jeb Bush's involvement in the Broward Federal bailout stems from back-to-back loans from the S&L to real estate investor J. Edward Houston and from Houston to the Codina-Bush partnership. Codina has the controlling interest in the partnership, according to Byrne.

On Feb. 1, 1985, Houston obtained a loan for $4.565 million from Broward Federal, securing it mainly with his personal guarantee. Byrne said the Houston loan was "illustrative of less than appropriate lending practices" at the thrift.

On the same day, a company headed by Houston lent the same amount to the Codina-Bush partnership to buy a five-story building in the middle of Miami's financial district, according to Byrne. It was unclear yesterday whether thrift executives knew the loan money was going to third parties or whether such a loan would violate federal banking regulations.

As collateral for the loan from Houston, the Codina-Bush partnership gave Houston a second mortgage on the building and pledged income from the property and a reserve fund.

The partnership was required to pay back the money to Houston, "only as, if and to the extent that the cash flow from the building was sufficient to support those payments," Byrne said. As of early this year, when it settled with the FDIC, the partnership had not been required to make any payments, he said. . . .

For the complete article, go to http://washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/, select year 1990, and enter search keywords: Jeb Bush and savings and loan and failure

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Ron Mills

Democratic Victory Network



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7:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron,

Great email. You are correct. Jeb Bush has raped and plundered this state for 8 years as have the Republicans. Our Democrats in the Legislature have stood strong and fought the fight against this Conservative tide. I don't care what Jeb Bush says, we can manage our own party and don't need help from Florida's minority party. (There are 500,000 more Democrats in Florida than Republicans)

8:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comment for the person who says that Davis lacks the courage to "stand up" to Republicans: Have you paid any attention to Davis' record in the House? He has done nothing but stand up for our interests. Sure, he doesn't follow party line all the time, but why should he if the party line isn't in the interest of his constituents?

9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Kartik said...

Do you really believe the Democrats are a majority party in the state? The Democratic margin in registration comes largely from the Panhandle and interior counties in the peninsula where many of the local officials remain Democrats, but Republicans almost always carry the counties, some by very wide margins in top of the ticket races.

Also, the numbers 84-36, and 26-14 mean something, as the GOP has a two to one majority in the Legislature. I'd like to think we are a majority party but we are not anymore. The old progressive majority party of LeRoy Collins and Reuben Askew needs to be rebuilt, and the first step to rebuilding is being honest with ourselves. We are in the minority right now in Florida.

10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The discussion about Jeb and the S&L was good. It just goes to show that Jeb is just as "pathetic" as Scott Maddox. The Governor should keep his mouth shut.

11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, that's your argument: Maddox is just as bad as Jeb?

I suggest you abandon that one.

11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the bumper sticker ...

Scott! 06
When it comes to mismanagement and cronyism -- WE CAN DO BETTER!

12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Ruth adds his two cents today in a column entitled: Another Day Older And Deeper In Debt

The article begins like this:

As if it wasn't bad enough that being a Democrat in this state was like trying to sell lawn mowers in the Arctic.

It turns out the state Democratic Party is in worse financial shape than the Joad family.

And in an act of utter shamelessness rivaling a Milli Vanilli comeback tour, former chairman Scott Maddox, whose visionary leadership turned Florida Democrats into the Burkina Faso of political parties, now wants to be governor.

Uh, wouldn't that be a bit like naming Jayson Blair to lead the Pulitzer Prize committee?

How bumbling was Maddox's Custeresque stewardship of the Democratic Party?

Let's put it this way: Mike Tyson was a more astute money manager.

Refugees live larger than this.

At the moment, the Florida Democratic organization has all the financial stability of DeLorean Motors, broke and unable to pay its bills. ...

http://www.tampatrib.com/MGB5KLDXBAE.html

12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jun 24, 2005

After Bungling Party's Books, Maddox Deserves The Boot


G iven the Democratic Party's downward spiral in Florida politics, you might wonder what qualifies former state party chairman Scott Maddox to run for governor.
Now we learn that he can't manage a budget, either. Under his leadership, the state Democratic Party failed to pay employees' payroll and Social Security taxes, resulting in an IRS lien on party assets.

Maddox says he accepts responsibility, although he is quick to blame a bookkeeper. Still, if Maddox had the makings of a strong chief executive, he would have been asking probative questions, holding people accountable and managing the party to financial stability.

Instead, party activists are being asked to write checks to help dispose of the $200,000 tax lien. Another $900,000 may be missing from the state party treasury, although Maddox says that may be the result of a simple bookkeeping error.

Regardless, the former Tallahassee mayor's track record creates no confidence that he could manage a $63 billion state budget.

New Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman, who must clean up this mess, says, ``I can tell you that according to the audit that was done, the internal controls in this office were absolutely, unequivocally the worst.''

The personable Maddox is a gifted speaker, and his fellow Democrats had hoped he would energize the party when they selected him chair more than two years ago. Even then, some worried that Maddox would use the office to advance his personal ambitions rather than rebuild a party that has lost the Governor's Mansion and holds minority status in the state House and Senate.

Their fears were realized. Maddox attracted publicity for himself but failed to put together an organization that could win a statewide race.

Perhaps there is no scandal here - just honest mistakes and inattention. It doesn't matter. Because of Maddox's leadership, the state party is embarrassed, discredited and broke.

Maddox should get out of the governor's race. Now.

This story can be found at: http://www.tampatribune.com/News/MGB0XC5NBAE.html

12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox is not worth talking about anymore. He screwed his negihbors when he sold his house to a group that hold religous events in the front yard. This was after people on his street asked him not to sell to this group.

This is just another example of Maddox not giving a rats as_ about anyone but his own self interest.

This FPA review is going to expose more Maddox crap. You will see.

This guy is the biggest liar and bullshi.... around.

I fart in his general direction.

John Meoff

12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox sucks and the Party's review of the books will blow the top off his dying campaign.

His followers need to stop drinking his cool-aide and join the real world.

Maddox will be gone before the year is out.

PS.. he sucks.

12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While not a defense of Maddox, as for pathetic---I would argue that Bush's record of holding the worst high school in the nation graduation rates and the highest juvenile crime rate is far more pathetic than anyting that the FDP did or did not do.

1:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is not the issue, the party and Scott Maddox's stewardship is. Can we get back to the real issue?

1:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ger your new Maddox bumper stickers for 2006

I Support Less Taxes
I'm Maddox and I mean it!

John Meoff

1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Except that, and I'm not sure if you've heard, the review of the Party's books reveal that there was nothing wrong except a mistake on a staffer's part. There is no missing money, and the taxes, which the Party paid someone to take care of, are now being paid back BY the Party. This campaign is not dead, and the people that are choosing to keep going with these lies about Scott Maddox don't seem to care much about the Party. Stick any of our three candidates next to Charlie Christ, and the only one that has a chance is Scott Maddox. I think it should be quite obvious to you all from the last election that character and energy goes a long way, and you'd be lying if you said Scott Maddox is not the most charismatic of the three Democratic candidates. So if you care about the Party and not your own agenda, stop picking at one of its candidates, especially when what you're spewing just isn't true.

And John.. last I checked, freedom to practice ANY religion openly was a right protected by the Constitution. For him NOT to sell his house (if that's even true) because of their religious preference would be discrimination. I'm proud to be supporting a candidate who doesn't practice that.

1:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until the GOP uses Social Security against us, since we didn't pay SS taxes.

1:28:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Agreed Nicole!

News on the $900,000 may break as early as tonight and I have heard it will be good news for Maddox. At the latest, it would probably be Monday or Tuesday when the issue is finally resolved.

Maddox in 06!

BTW, Maddox is getting really good name recognition at the moment because of all of this. If he shakes this, as I think he will once people start to hear and see the Scott Maddox that most of you are slandering, he will have this nomination. Any press is good press.

2:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Maddox bumper sticker

"I don't pay taxes - you shouldn't too"

PS... he lies, sucks and he is going down.

More Maddox cool-aide Josh and Nicole?

2:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing how similar Maddox and Jeb are. They both are never accountable, each has made countless enemies in their own parties and both will not compromise on anything. Both are bad leaders.

3:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Josh my young lad, once you really see the Scott Maddox everyone is slandering, you'll wish you never rose to his defense.

3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Okay... yeah, so because you don't like someone, you slander them?

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense and it is clear that is why you choose to hide as anonymous.

Maddox in 06!

3:16:00 PM  
Blogger Phillip Perry said...

The recent comments about the Florida Democratic Party by Jeb Bush are astonishingly hypocritical. This is coming from a man who insists on meddling in the private affairs of the Schiavo family for political gain, when a vast majority of Floridians disagree with his actions. The fact the he is playing partisan politics with Terri’s life is what’s truly pathetic.

When is comes to payment of FICA taxes, Bush claimed that the Democratic Party “should be able to stay on top of stuff like that.” But why was he not on top of massive corruption in the Department of Children and Families, the disappearance of Arelia Wilson, the ballooning cost of the Scripps Institute, or insurance companies charging two deductibles for hurricane victims in 2004? His list of failures is pitiful for any Governor.

In true ironic fashion, Bush stated that the struggles of the Democratic Party are unhealthy for the two party system—just after he signed several bills into law that would eliminate runoff primaries, limit early voting, and centralize election decision making with the Secretary of State, who is appointed, rather than with elected Supervisors of Elections. Next time, Bush should take a look in the mirror before he makes such bold statements.

Phillip Perry
phillip@phillipperry.com

3:23:00 PM  
Anonymous jeb's right said...

I am not a Republican. I am a strong progressive Democrat but I have to say that, while I may not support Jeb as the messenger, what he said and the questions he poses are on target.

* "How could you not know that you haven't paid your FICA and your Social Security taxes?" Bush said.

* "If I were a Democrat I might take a look at some of the other candidates," Bush said. "The sad fact is, the Democratic Party isn't even a big business, it's a small business and you should be able to stay on top of stuff like that."

Unfortunately, that's all true. And it's just a small glimpse of the attack the Democratic slate will receive if Scott Maddox is the nominee in 2006.

3:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again people who are making Bush the issue are falling into Maddox's trap. Keep focused on what is really happening here.

4:17:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

first of all, it's kool aid.. that's been bugging me. Second of all, whose juice have you been drinking? Like I said, to belittle someone in the Democratic Party is just hurtful to the party as a whole. Weren't you listening when Scott gave a speech saying any of the three Democratic candidates would be better than electing a Republican, or were you too busy sneering at him then, as well?

Also, it SAYS SOMETHING when Jeb Bush is telling you to look at other candidates. I DON'T THINK HE HAS THE BEST INTERESTS OF DEMOCRATS AT HEART, PEOPLE. He says that because he doesn't want to lose his cushy spot to a Democrat, and even HE knows the one with the best shot is Scott Maddox.

So yes, I'd rather ingest all the kool aid in the world than the crap and lies that you're feeding people.

How is Scott Maddox not accountable? He held HIMSELF accountable for any errors that might have taken place under his leadership, and if that's not accountability, please tell me what is. So now, because he stood up and took the blame for something that 1. wasn't true and 2. wouldn't have been his fault if it was true, you all choose to slander him. Why? What do you look for in a leader? I see a man that takes responsibility in Scott Maddox, not one that puts it off onto someone else, which he could have so easily done. It's time for you to lay off, especially since none of what you're saying happens to be true. And if you're going to attack him, please come up with something more original than "he sucks".

5:05:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

"Also, it SAYS SOMETHING when Jeb Bush is telling you to look at other candidates. I DON'T THINK HE HAS THE BEST INTERESTS OF DEMOCRATS AT HEART, PEOPLE"

Funny that before he said anything, a Maddox supporter (was it you?) said that because the Republicans aren't saying anything, they must want Maddox to lose.

Now because they ARE saying something, it means they must want Maddox to lose?

I think it was in the first Florida PolitiX thread, but I'm not sure. I'll check for it now.

6:07:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I found it. It was in my blog, actually (I've read a lot of comments about this, so it's easy to remember which one was where)

But anyway, it was: "Adam S. Fox, Boca Raton"

If you search this page for that name, you'll find the comment I was referring to. My point is simply that many Maddox people will twist this anyway they can.

6:19:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I meant "not easy" to remember.

6:20:00 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Certainly wasn't me. I would have thought that they would have made something public sooner. I'm not twisting anything at all.. I wouldn't trust Jeb Bush to babysit my pet rock, if I had one, let alone tell me who my vote for the nomination of my party should go to. And I think that people should give some sincere thought to the fact that this is the only candidate he's criticized thus far. It may be that the opportunity presented itself earlier than for the other candidates, or it may be that he believes that Maddox is the best of our three candidates. Either way, he's not looking out for me, and yes, I do believe that he would like to see Maddox lose.

6:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox is getting off the hook: you guys need to move on.

9:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buddy Nevins has a take on "Maddoxgate" in Saturday's Sun-Sentinel. Along with critical editorials in the Lakeland Ledger and the Tampa Tribune, this makes critical columns in the Palm Beach Post, the Tampa Tribune and now the Sun-Sentinel.

Well, at least they're spelling Maddox's name right.

Here's a taste of the Nevins column:

Pesky unpaid taxes dog campaign for governor
Buddy Nevins
Political Columnist


June 25, 2005

Scott Maddox might not be ready to say his campaign for governor is through, but the end is near.

Maddox, the 34-year-old former mayor of Tallahassee, is in deep trouble over the Florida Democratic Party's failing to pay $124,000 in employee taxes while he was chairman.

The candidate has spent days apologizing for the oversight, which resulted in the IRS freezing the party's bank account. He blamed the tax problem on an error in the payroll computer program. He says his campaign is gaining momentum, despite the controversy.

State Sen. Skip Campbell of Coral Springs says fellow Democrats are starting to use the Q word. As in quit the race.

Campbell is backing state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua in the governor's race so he is not impartial. But he is right when he says the unpaid taxes is an embarrassment for the Democrats and hand the Republicans a ready-made issue for 30-second attack ads in the 2006 election.

Gov. Jeb Bush showed how the GOP will use the issue. He called the party "pathetic" because of its tax problems and blasted Maddox: "How could you not know you haven't paid your [payroll] and Social Security taxes? Hello? That's just the craziest thing I've ever heard."

The Coral Springs senator was in rare agreement with the governor.

"Scott can blame the problem on anything he wants, but the buck stopped with him," says Campbell. "Should he withdraw from the governor's race? That's for him now to consider." ...

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/columnists/sfl-cpol25jun25,0,5359219.column

1:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skip Campbell as well is suspect. He's been a big promoter of Rod Smith for years now and is very very hostile towards Maddox. I find it curious Nevins would even speak to Campabell about this- obviously he was looking for the most biased opinion possible.

9:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Douglas said...

Today the editorial board at the SOUTH FLORIDA Sun-Sentinel says Maddox should go too:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/editorial/sfl-edittdlienjun25,0,3245081.story?coll=sfla-news-editorial

Taxing Problem

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board

June 25, 2005

CAPSULE COMMENT

IRS tax lien could hurt Democratic gubernatorial candidate


Everyone knew the Florida Democratic Party was in trouble, but at least it never had the long arm of the law after it -- until now. Now the IRS has placed a lien on the party's assets for failure to pay taxes on its employees.

The delinquency occurred while Scott Maddox was the state party chairman. Maddox blames it on an employee's mistake, and no one is suggesting Maddox himself did anything wrong, other than not run a very tight ship.

His problem is political. He's running for governor, and heading an organization that doesn't pay its taxes doesn't look so good on a candidate's resume. Maddox has his work cut out to convince voters he can do a better job running the state.

Copyright © 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an article the Maddox campaign should read. By the way, Willie Nelson didn't blame a staffer. Willie is a true leader.

+++++++++++++++++

IRS Collections

Willie Nelson Sings for IRS

By: A.J. Cook


What if you don't have the money to pay your income taxes?


Don't panic. Send what you can and file your return anyway. This will avoid the penalty for filing late. Work out the money details later.


Willie Nelson couldn't pay the Internal Revenue Service and just recently cut a cool deal. His sad song began after he invested in several tax shelters promising $10 in deductions for every $1 invested. Instead of the deductions, he got a tax bill for more than $16 million. The IRS sold his ranch and auctioned his belongings. To keep the agency at bay, he gave it a royalty interest in his album, Who'll Buy My Memories? (The IRS Tapes).


The agency collected $3.6 million from sales of this album and his other assets. At last report, Nelson settled the debt by agreeing to pay only an additional $9 million over the next five years. Not a bad deal for the singer -- $12.6 million for a $16 million debt.


Nelson's settlement probably results from a new IRS policy favoring agreements with taxpayers. With uncollected taxes rising, it expects this policy to boost collections while giving taxpayers a fresh start. But IRS officers are tough negotiators. Don't assume they will settle when they can reasonably get the full amount. They'll expect you to sell that vacant lot and those 10 shares of AT&T.


If you file your return without full payment, the IRS will bill you for taxes and interest and add a late payment penalty, but not a late filing penalty. When you call the telephone number on the bill to explain your situation, the IRS officer will probably ask for a list of your assets and debts. She may insist you borrow the money or start sending in part of your paycheck. If the value of your assets and your earning potential are small compared to the taxes owed, try to settle on a reduced amount or suggest an installment payment plan.


In any case don't try to outsmart the IRS. If you lose credibility, it might seize and sell something you own. You don't want that. The IRS has no obligation to sell the asset for more than the agency's selling costs, e.g., advertising and real estate commissions. Diona S. Ringer received no credit to her tax debt when the government sold her $40,000 home for its costs -- $1,725.


The IRS can seize all of a delinquent taxpayer's assets except furniture, personal effects, professional books, tools and some wages. You might ask, is anything sacred? Not much.


By all accounts Ehsanolla Motaghed, from Omaha, Nebraska, owed the IRS $156,000. The agency heard he died, but before writing the debt off, it wanted to do some checking: Was he really dead? Is that really his corpse in the grave?


Fortunately the government backed down on exhuming the body when his family protested. The estate's attorney criticized the IRS, "They're just mad because he had the audacity to die without settling his account."


The Moral: When the IRS has you dead to rights, you're dead.


A.J. Cook is a lawyer and CPA. His tax column appears weekly in numerous newspapers. Why isn't it published in your hometown newspaper? Ask its Business Editor to subscribe.

http://www.taxfables.com/Columns/Collections/Willie_Nelson.html

1:46:00 PM  
Blogger james H said...

I encourage all to participate in our online discussions, and I understand that criticism is part of the game. I also agree that sometimes criticism should be leveled at members of the press as well.

I do request however that family members be kept off limits. Any posts that attack family members that are not directly involved in the issues being discussed shall be removed.

Thanks.

2:32:00 PM  
Blogger RightDemocrat said...

The last thing that we need is someone like Scott Maddox who can be labeled an ultra-liberal as the Democratic nominee for Governor. Scott obviously could not keep the financial house of the state Democratic Party in order so how can he expected to run the affairs of the fourth largest state in the nation. I hope that he does us all a favor and drops out of the race.

2:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox-Democrats'party-pooper

Palm Beach Post Editorial

Monday, June 27, 2005

After seeing their books from when Scott Maddox was party chairman, Florida Democrats have to wonder why they should make him their candidate for governor.

A forensic accounting firm is trying to figure out why the party failed to pay nearly $200,000 in Social Security and payroll taxes during 2003. The IRS was so annoyed that it put a lien on the party's assets. Accountants also will try to determine whether more than $900,000 is actually missing from party bank accounts, or whether it's just sloppy bookkeeping.

The former chairman blames the IRS problem on mistakes made by an unnamed employee who believed the taxes had been paid. Mr. Maddox, who was Tallahassee's mayor and is one of three Democrats seeking the nomination, says the party isn't missing $900,000; there's a misunderstanding about how money was reported to elections officials. But ex-U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, who replaced Mr. Maddox last month, says "internal controls" in the office were "absolutely, unequivocally the worst."

What about this suggests a public servant who is prepared to run the state?

The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board

1:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some serious questions and concerns that may be raised by people who read these three stories from Tuesday's news.

Here are excerpts:

FROM THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT:

Maddox tardy with his taxes
He says bill sent to wrong address
By Bill Cotterell
DEMOCRAT POLITICAL EDITOR

The IRS tax levy that froze the Florida Democratic Party's bank account and triggered a forensic audit of the struggling party isn't the only tax trouble that has dogged Scott Maddox in his campaign for governor.

Maddox said Friday he paid $2,632.47 in overdue Leon County property taxes on an east-side home his company, Spectrum Resources, bought in 2002 from Debbie Griffin-Bruton, the Florida Democratic Party employee whose error led to the party's troubles with the IRS. Maddox said he paid the taxes Monday, after the Tallahassee Democrat asked him about it and other financial foul-ups during his tenure as chairman of both the state and Leon County Democratic parties. ...

... Courthouse records indicate Griffin-Bruton and her husband, John Bruton, sold their home to Spectrum Resources for $135,000 in the fall of 2002, when Maddox was mayor and she was financial director of the City Parks and Recreation Department. Knowing Bruton, a former city policeman, was suffering from Alzheimer's, Maddox said he allowed them to stay in the home for a token rent - which he said he waived completely last year when John Bruton went into long-term care.

Maddox said the Brutons were old friends of his family and that Debbie Griffin-Bruton could continue living in the home despite the current tax penalties and fines. She figured in an amusing January 2000 news story when Griffin-Bruton and Maddox encountered two young men on Adams Street who had urinated on the mayor's truck - prompting city scrutiny of the closing hours of bars that cater to college students.

He said the county sent tax bills to his previous address on Plantation Road, although he moved from that home last June and sold it in April to Chabad Lubavitch. He said he has asked Tax Collector Doris Maloy to send him a letter attesting that tax bills weren't sent to his new home in Stonywood Farms.

"We got no notice about it being in arrears," Maddox told the Democrat. ...

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/12009409.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

FROM THE SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE:

... Ironically, tax woes continued this week for Maddox, this time in his personal life. And this time, Griffon-Bruton's name cropped up again.

She is living in a Tallahassee house owned by Maddox. He purchased it from her and her husband in 2002 after she said she would have to sell it to pay for her husband's medical expenses.

She continues to live in the house rent-free.

The taxes on the house were delinquent until this week, and Leon County put the delinquent tax note up for sale.

Maddox paid the taxes this week.

Maddox owns numerous investment properties in the city.

He said the note for the delinquent taxes was mailed to his former address and he was not aware of their status until this week. ...


http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050629/NEWS/506290599/1017/POLITICS


FROM THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES:

... But as Maddox tried to put behind him the mounting controversies threatening his campaign for governor, key questions remained about a $10,500 fine the Leon County Democratic Party paid while he was its chairman. Among them:

--Where did the money for the fine come from? The chairman normally signs party checks, but the fine was paid with a cashier's check. That left no paper trail to anyone at the local party. A campaign report Maddox signed showed that the party spent no money during the period when the fine was paid.

--Why didn't Maddox know about the fine? Records show the local elections office sent both him and Griffin-Bruton letters saying the Leon Democratic Executive Committee owed $10,500 for late campaign finance reports. The report Griffin-Bruton delivered three weeks late to the county elections office shows the signatures of both her and Maddox.

It's a felony to knowingly certify false campaign finance reports.

"I had no knowledge at all. I did not know about this until we got the call from you," Maddox told the St. Petersburg Times by phone while campaigning in Jacksonville. He speculated that a stamp of his signature was used, though he was supposed to authorize any use of that stamp. ...

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/06/29/news_pf/State/Maddox_blames_bookkee.shtml

7:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox's mail isn't getting forwarded? I wonder how many other bills have gone unpaid because the mail is piling up in Maddox's old mail box?

What to do?

Here's something for Scott Maddox and his supporters to ponder.

Mayor Maddox probably doesn't know this (he apparently doen't know about much these days). The U.S. Postal Service has a service they should know about. It's called a CHANGE OF ADDRESS CARD.

You fill it out with the type of move you're doing and the date your mail should be forwarded and you send it to the U.S. Postal Service. They then begin sending your mail to the new address.

What a concept.

And you can even get one on the Internet:

https://moversguide.usps.com/?referral=USPS

7:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is all of this hurting Maddox. Comparing the latest two Quinnipiac Polls of Florida you'll see that he's lost about a quarter of his support.

Besides him announcing for governor, what event has happened in the interim?

Look at the latest Quinnipiac Poll released on June 29:

June 29, 2005
Davis 24
Smith 7
Maddox 16
DK/NA 48


Compare to the April 14th Quinnipiac Poll.

April 14, 2005
Davis 26
Smith 16
Maddox 22
DK/NA 35


http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x12942.xml?ReleaseID=746

8:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maddox is toast. He's in the big leagues now and there's more to come of his transgressions. He should get out for the sake of his supporters.

10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it would be pretty easy to tell if the leon county report was stamped. my hunch is that it was signed.

4:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a snip from the latest AP story on how "Maddoxgate" is hurting the Maddox campaign:

Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Story last updated at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Poll: Maddox's candidacy in trouble over financial problems


By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox's gubernatorial bid is being damaged by reports of financial problems during his term as chairman of the state Democratic Party, a poll released Wednesday indicates.

Maddox, who had support of 22 percent of the Democrats questioned in a similar poll in April, fell to 16 percent in the survey by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute taken June 22-26. Pollsters went into the field a day after the story broke that the Internal Revenue Service had slapped a lien on the Democratic Party's last $98,000 for unpaid social security and payroll taxes in 2003 when Maddox was its chairman.

"You have to conclude that it is beginning to hurt him," said Clay Richards, assistant polling director for Quinnipiac.

The party is also trying to resolve a $900,000 bookkeeping discrepancy on its balance sheets for the 2003-04 years. A former party bookkeeper said earlier this week that the problems were caused by her mistakes and that she had never informed Maddox.

But Maddox has also acknowledged he only recently paid overdue Leon County property taxes of $2,632.47, another potentially embarrassing situation for a candidate seeking to sell his management skills as an administrator to voters. ...

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/062905/D8B1EBPG2.shtml

5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's story of note:


More problems surface for Democratic gubernatorial candidate

By JOE FOLLICK


CAPITAL BUREAU


jfollick@earthlink.net

TALLAHASSEE -- While gubernatorial hopeful Scott Maddox was its chairman, the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee failed to file a bond and an audit this year as required by law.

There are no penalties for the failures, but it's the latest bit of bad news for Maddox's campaign as a national pollster warned about slippage in his support.

(CUT)

Florida statutes also require county committees to file an audit and a bond with the county supervisor of election.

Officials with the Leon County election office said Wednesday the Leon County DEC had not filed the bond or the audit.

Janet Olin, the assistant supervisor of elections in Leon County, said state law does not spell out penalties for failure to file the bond or audit, unlike the $10,500 penalty assessed due to the late-filed campaign-finance report.

Paige Carter-Smith replaced Maddox this month as chairwoman of the Leon County DEC. She was the state party's executive director under Maddox. Carter-Smith said Wednesday that Griffin-Bruton had the paperwork related to the non-filed audit and bond.

Carter-Smith said she was trying to figure out why the filings were not made.

Maddox campaign spokeswoman Sallie Stohler said the documents related to the bond and audit were in Griffin-Bruton's possession and that Maddox could not comment until he studies the matter further.

(CUT)

MORE AT: http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050630/NEWS/506300439/1017/POLITICS&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heraldtribune.com%2Fapps%2Fpbcs.dll%2Farticle%3FAID%3D%2F20050630%2FNEWS%2F506300439%2F1017%2FPOLITICS&Page=2

7:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think everyone needs to know the real truth about Jeff Tinsley - the Jeff who has posted on this blog.

Jeff is an active supporter of the Maddox campaign. On the day that Maddox announced his candidacy for governor, Jeff sent out a vicious attack email, blasting Congressman Jim Davis and Senator Rod Smith, Maddox's two opponents in the primary. While Jeff's original email had merit and did raise legitimate concerns about Davis and Smith, it is somewhat hypocritical for Maddox supporters to complain about their candidate getting hit hard with mud when it was the Maddox campaign that lashed out first at its opponents.

Last night, Jeff sent out another email to Maddox supporters asking them to bombard the blogosphere and post comments to make it appear as if the majority of Democrats support Maddox's run for governor and reject the latest scandals. The tactic that Jeff has endorsed is commonly known as "freeping" and is used by right-wing activists to rig online polls and discussion boards.

Below is the email sent out last night by Jeff Tinsley, a Scott Maddox operative:

----- Original Message -----
From: jefftinsley2000@yahoo.com
To:
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 5:14 PM
Subject: Blogs: getting our message out.

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Thank you in advance for your help.

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MADDOX IS TOAST!!

Posted on Thu, Jun. 30, 2005

Report: Democrats financial problems caused by Maddox

BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Investigators found no fraud, but blamed an accounting scandal at the Democratic Party on poor hiring decisions by former state chairman Scott Maddox, who is seeking the party's gubernatorial nomination.

"The comptroller ... was in over her head," said former statewide prosecutor Melanie Hines, who was hired by new Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman to investigate how the party missed federal tax payments in 2003 and lost track of more than $900,000.

Maddox, the investigation found, played no direct role in the mistakes, but was also unaware of the problems despite pleas from the comptroller for help.

The chairman's chief of staff, longtime aide Paige Carter-Smith, was told by outside accountants about the failure to pay the Social Security and payroll taxes during two quarters in 2003, but didn't remember the conversation, Hines said.

Carter-Smith and Maddox, however, were criticized for their hiring choices.

"We know that the responsibility for the management of the payroll system was assigned to an individual who had no prior experience in that specific task," Hines said. "And who appeared not to have been trained in that duty" with only a "rudimentary understanding of the process."

Hines said the comptroller, Debbie Griffin-Bruton, repeatedly told her managers about her concerns about her ability to handle the job.

Maddox said he was not aware of the problems before last week's disclosure by Thurman, who only became chairwoman in May.

Thurman said the party has paid off its obligation of slightly more than $200,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, which included interest and penalties. She said the party had about $80,000 in its account Thursday.

Thurman also offered a new five-point plan she said would restore confidence among Democrats in the party's business operations and pledged to find "excellent, credible candidates for every public office."

She would not, however, say whether she believed her Maddox remains a credible gubernatorial candidate in the aftermath of the bookkeeping mess she inherited from him.

Maddox scheduled a press availability later to talk about the findings and his future. Griffin-Bruton issued a statement this week accepting blame for the problems.

The state Republican Party, which operates with a larger staff at its Tallahassee headquarters, has raised close to $5 million already this year as it readies for the 2006 campaign cycle highlighted by races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

ON THE NET

Florida Democratic Party: http://www.fladems.com/


© 2005 AP Wire and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.tallahassee.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS THE MOST DEVASTATING STATMENT IN THE AP ARTICLE:

"...The chairman's chief of staff, longtime aide Paige Carter-Smith, was told by outside accountants about the failure to pay the Social Security and payroll taxes during two quarters in 2003, but didn't remember the conversation, Hines said. ..."

JUXTAPOSE IT WITH THIS STATEMENT FROM THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES:

... Maddox scrambled to contain the damage to his fledgling campaign for governor. He was the party chairman when, the IRS said, the party failed to pay its employees' payroll and Social Security taxes for 2003, but said the IRS lien came as a "total surprise."

He blamed a party bookkeeper - whom he hired - for not telling him.

"She didn't tell her superiors. She didn't tell me," Maddox said outside a campaign fundraiser in Palm Beach County. ...

http://sptimes.com/2005/06/23/State/Underling_blamed_for_.shtml

IT'S TRUE THAT MS. GRIFFIN-BRUTON DIDN'T TELL HER SUPERIORS. BUT THE ACCOUNTANTS TOLD AT LEAST ONE OF MS. GRIFFIN-BRUTON'S SUPERIORS.

THAT PROMPTS THE QUESTION:

WHY DIDN'T MS. CARTER-SMITH (THE FDP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) SHARE WITH CHAIRMAN MADDOX THE INFORMATION THAT THE TAXES WEREN'T PAID AND THE FEDS MIGHT WANT THEIR MONEY?

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Does this sound like it could come from a certain Democratic campaign for Florida governor?

...Luskin told NEWSWEEK that Rove "never knowingly disclosed classified information" and that "he did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA." ...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8445696/site/newsweek/

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lakeland Ledger Editorial:
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050705/NEWS/507050307/1036


Published Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Maddox Gets More Baggage

No question about it, Scott Maddox has name recognition. Lots of it. The kind no other candidate for governor wants. Maddox is pulling more baggage than the Amtrak Silver Meteor.

Revelations in mid-June of how Maddox handled the financial affairs of the Florida Democratic Party, which he chaired until his May departure to run for office, were bad enough.

His explanation that it was all the fault of the party comptroller, Debbie Griffin-Bruton, was lame, even though she accepted the blame.

Her admission also was accompanied by a news story that Maddox's real estate company had purchased Griffin-Bruton's house in 2002 to help her and her ailing husband.

And last week, there were more news stories about fines and unpaid personal property taxes.

It's time he withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination and give viable candidates a chance. Here's a look into the Maddox baggage car thus far:


The newest piece of Samsonite came Thursday from The Ledger's Tallahassee bureau. While Maddox was chairman of the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee, the committee failed to file a bond and an audit with the county supervisor of elections as required by law.

The Leon County DEC had already paid a $10,500 fine to the county supervisor's office for filing a campaign-expense report past the deadline while under Maddox's watch.


The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported Wednesday that Maddox paid $2,632.47 in overdue Leon County property taxes on a home his company, Spectrum Resources, purchased three years ago from GriffinBruton. The taxes were paid after the newspaper asked Maddox about them.

The newspaper also reported that the 2002 purchase of the home by a company controlled by Maddox and his wife came at a time when Maddox was mayor of Tallahassee, and Griffin-Bruton was financial director of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. He said John Bruton, her husband, was a former city policeman suffering from Alzheimer's and he has allowed them to live in the home by paying a token rent, which he waived last year when Bruton went into long-term care.

While the city is run by a city manager, the mayor helps set city policies governing the city's departments and its employees. That Maddox would enter into such an agreement with an upper-level

city employee -- no matter how kind-hearted -- raises ethical questions.

Maddox said the county sent tax bills to his previous address, from where he moved last June and sold this April.


Maddox released a letter from Griffin-Bruton on Wednesday in which she said she made "several honest mistakes" as the state party controller. She was resigning that position and her position with the Leon County DEC last week.

Stress over her husband's health distracted her and resulted in mistakes "including the nonpayment of payroll taxes for the Florida Democratic Party and delinquency in filing reports, and late fees for the Leon County DEC."


Those mistakes were reported two weeks ago when the IRS slapped a lien on the state party for failing to pay $200,000 in payroll taxes.


An audit by the state party found $900,000 that was previously thought missing from party coffers. The audit found GriffinBruton had rudimentary skills for the job, and was "in over her head." Maddox had no knowledge of the bookkeeping mistakes, the audit found.

Maddox responded by saying the audit proved the attacks on him were "false, inaccurate or overblown."

But the audit hardly vindicated Maddox's two-year job as party head. "It is clear that the problems occurred because of a poor hiring decision, a lack of internal controls and a lack of strong oversight," said Mealin Hines, a former statewide prosecutor who supervised the weeklong audit.

Karen Thurman, who was named state Democratic Party chairwoman after Maddox left in May, said the party's accountants warned of severe internal control problems in a March letter, and the audit had found those controls to be "absolutely, unequivocally the worst."

Meanwhile, Maddox told a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times last week, "I've got a record of achievement at the city of Tallahassee, and I took a very bad situation at the state party and made it better. . . . I'm going to move forward and talk about the issues that affect Floridians."

Like what? What kind of people he'll hire to help him manage a state with a $65 billion budget?

It's time for this lumbering baggage hauler to get on a side spur and let some express trains by.

6:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Story last updated at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Maddox hit by another complaint over Democratic Party leadership


By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Maddox was hit with another allegation criticizing his leadership Tuesday when a police union founded by his father questioned the "mysterious" payment of a $10,500 fine during the time the younger Maddox headed the state Democratic Party.

The Police Benevolent Association, which has endorsed Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist in the 2006 governor's race, said in a complaint filed with the state Elections Commission that it is unclear where the money for paying the fine came from because it was paid with a cashier's check.

The fine was imposed because the Leon County Democratic Party was late filing a postelection report in 2004. Maddox, a former Tallahassee mayor, was then chairman of both the state and Leon County parties.

The complaint also asks the commission to determine if Maddox broke the law when he signed a waiver that failed to show payment of the fine.

David Murrell, the PBA's executive director, said "someone went to a lot of trouble to cover up the source of these funds."

"It's beyond us why you would do it with a cashier's check instead of a check from the local Democratic Party."

Maddox has said he did not know about the cashier's check.

"He was never made aware that there was a fine or that the fine was somehow paid," campaign manager Sallie Stohler said Tuesday. "We don't know where this money came from. We want to get to the bottom of this, too."

Stohler said the brouhaha was more about politics.

"There is no surprise given that this is a group that has a political and personal ax to grind against Maddox," she said. "Last week it was (Gov.) Jeb Bush issuing personal attacks on Scott Maddox and this week it's allies of Charlie Crist. There is nothing new here."

Murrell said the complaint had nothing to do with a longtime feud between the PBA and Maddox family. Charlie Maddox, the candidate's father, headed the PBA for some three decades before being ousted in 1994.

"It's true that we're not members of the mutual admiration society," Murrell said. "Aside from that, the question we'd ask is how has the law been violated? Maybe the Elections Commission, through its subpoena power, can finally bring the truth to light."

The importance of the governor's race, Murrell said, prompted the state's largest law enforcement union to get involved. The union has 30,000 members.

"We think its vitally important that we have someone with good managerial skills," Murrell said. "We think all of these issues bring into question whether Scott Maddox is that person."

Maddox's campaign has been plagued in recent weeks by allegations that he mismanaged the state Democratic Party.

The party failed to make Social Security and payroll tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 and only last week cleared up that obligation with a $200,000 payment to the federal government.

An extensive audit ordered by Maddox's successor, Chairwoman Karen Thurman, also resolved a series of bookkeeping errors that resulted in a $926,000 bookkeeping discrepancy from the 2003 and 2004 reports.

State Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa are Maddox's opponents in next year's Democratic primary while Crist and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher are rivals in the GOP contest.

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/apnews/stories/070505/D8B5DN600.shtml

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Anonymous browarddem06 said...

You whiners cannot find anything else to talk about, obviously. Maddox has been vindicated by the FDP itslef and this is a dead issue.

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Dear Broward Demo:

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