Attorney General Pam Bondi recorded $139,076 in contributions at her Tampa campaign kickoff Sept. 10, the event that prompted her to ask Gov. Rick Scott for a delay in the Death Row execution of Marshall Lee Gore. On Sept. 11, the day after the fundraiser, Bondi also claimed another $26,600 in contributions, as well as $3,000 in-kind donations from the Republican Party of Florida for “consulting.” Bondi, who is currently running unchallenged, has apologized several times for asking Scott to reschedule Gore’s execution from Sept. 10 to Oct. 1, the day Florida executed the convicted murderer. “And Justice for All” is the political committee registered on Aug. 6 for Bondi to conduct campaign communication. The committee listed $55,764 in contributions dated Sept. 10. That figure includes $764 for food and beverages received from the Columbia restaurant in Tampa. So far, Bondi’s re-election campaign received $404,910 in cash donations in the third quarter of the year, with another $219,787 of in-kind donations. Her overall total stands at $809,500. Although the contributions say Sept. 10, state records do not indicate if the money was actually received at the event. Pam Bondi raised nearly $140K on day of postponed execution
This is an innovative step for the state and it is too bad they could not take like steps with education and etc.
‘…William Frederick Happ, who raped and murdered 21-year-old Angela Crowley in May 1986, was executed Tuesday using a drug as part of Florida’s lethal injection cocktail that had never been used for an execution in the U.S…’
Happ executed using new drug
Untried sedative to be used in lethal injection tonight because of drug shortage
Pam Bondi raised nearly $140K on day of postponed execution
In a sense this type of incident is coming up on the national radar more and more and is not unlike what happen with the lady who in a psychotic break tried to get into the White House and ended up be shot dead. She did not even have a gun in the car to warrant the shooting.
As bad as the general breakdown in law and order on the side of the law is that whatever punishments are meted out are minuscule. Patrol officers and supervisors alike failed to follow their own department regulations and procedures.
Think in terms of what this means to you as a person.
Cleveland police suspend 63 officers over deadly chase
It amazes me how much these cops were making and it is totally legal. Makes you wonder who is wining the war on drugs. The numbers are amazing. Can not help but think there is a good argument made here for entrapment.
However, by far the worst part is that it makes the police an independent entity by freeing them from the citizens for their money and makes them an independent and self-serving entity.
Police in Florida suburb make millions from drug sting operations, report finds
If this was not such a clear picture of graft at the national level then it would be funny. This reaches into the office of the lead senator of the US Senate. $130,000 is not chump change and there is a term in campaign financing called bundlers. They are recognized and rewarded for their efforts.
What bundlers do is offer deniability on behalf of the elected official. They also take the hit for any violations of campaign laws. Reid Supporter Whittemore Gets 2 Years in Campaign Cash Case
My favorite DVD set is by Ken Burns called Prohibition. This is well done and well researched and its very lessons are lost to the world. All of the forces that were at play in that led to and maintained prohibition are at play in the war of drugs.
The problem is that there are too many vested interests in the war on drugs to let it go away. The same now is then is that lives are destroyed in the process. Millions of dollars are made by all parties and these come down to cops on the beat, prison guards, lawyers and the bottom feeders that live off those engaged in those engaged in the front line of the war on drugs. These are bankers, mortgage holders, service industries and etc.
These bottom feeders reach to the highest levels of government. That includes those in the White House. We have been engaged for almost a decade in the wars of Afghanistan. With boots on the ground and technology we could have wiped out the largest opium production but that opportunity was lost and the price of opiates is down and supply is up.
International ‘war’ on illegal drugs is failing to curb supply
The opening sentence says it all. ” New York is indeed an expensive place, but experts say that alone doesn’t explain a recent report that found the city’s annual cost per inmate was $167,731 last year — nearly as much as it costs to pay for four years of tuition at an Ivy League university.”
The big question is who makes the money. I will argue that a huge chunk of the money goes to indirectly to politicians and union funds with spin off going to the businesses that feed off the situation. They would be the lawyers, court systems, police, bail bondsman and etc. It takes a huge bureaucracy of thousands of administrators from the court systems, transportation facilities and those that work in law officers, Rikers court systems and police. These bottom feeders make more money not doing their jobs than doing them correctly.
However, there is another group of bottom feeders that totally escape notice and that is schools do not teach and social workers that do not do their jobs as well. They are the ones that turn their back on situations that demand attention. Yes, in the end in comes down to parents that done care who fail to take care of their responsibilities as well.
NYC inmate almost as costly as Ivy League tuition
Utah firing squad
The article points out that some 1,700 men and women have been executed by the state. Makes ya wonder how many were executed without just cause. That is if there is such a thing as just cause.
Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, “Mine-Protected” Military SUV
Give them a toy and they will have to play with it. The problem is that you put a toy like this on the streets and there are apt to be a lot of men and women suffering from PTSD and if they see it on the street in an unguarded moment there is no tellling what they will do.
Another conclusion is that the government of the people and for the people could be preparing to become an entity of its own and the people become the puppets of the government. Dose not have to be a conspiracy but it will become more like a confluent of interests. You know, 1984 revisited.
Then again and not to be lost in the shuffle is that the cartel’s of Latin America have become so strong on our streets that the police need to purchase weapons of this nature not so much to establish law and order but for their own safety.
In the end, who knows but the point to bear in mind is that the militarization of the police is a very bad precedent. Police are trained to shoot (and wound if possible) only as a last resort to save a life. Soldiers are trained to shoot first and to kill. There is no middle ground in this equation. There is a second part of the equation and that is once you let loose with automatic weapons there is no telling where the bullets will end up. There are some heavy duty machine guns whose bullets will go through several walls prior to stopping. I have seen what a 50 cal will do to a human and keep on trucken for the next target.
This is an interesting situation because the Lt. Gov. for the state resigned as soon as her connection to the Internet Cafe’s became clear. However, to date there has been nothing said about her going on trial as a member of the supporting force for the cafe’s. The lawyer on trial is in the same supporting force.
Now, we know that in the state of Florida that legislatures for the most part have a shield of invincibility from public prosecution.
Lawyer for Florida veterans charity goes on trial