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US Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell Invest $125,000 In The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla – Each election cycle ambitious and talented Democratic candidates raise millions of dollars in Florida for voter outreach as they run for statewide or regional office.

Win or lose, when elections are over, they take the money, the manpower and the technology with them. This leaves Democratic caucuses, like the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida and its 27 chapters, with little to no infrastructure to continue their vital work with voters. Black voters, especially, are critical to victories in elections statewide.

“The Black caucus ends up with much of the blame for dwindling Black voter outreach throughout the year,” Campbell said. ”New Black candidates must start from scratch without any meaningful resources from the Florida Democratic Party.”

Today, U.S. Senate Candidate Stanley Campbell is announcing a substantial in-kind investment, valued at $125,000, in the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida to provide:
1. Infrastructure to include the essentials for success: office space, staff and technology
2. Support to enable all 67 counties to have their own chapters
3. Power to help chapters organize, mobilize and fundraise

Campbell is committed to the success of this effort and plans to continue to contribute to this effort in the future.

Today he challenges the FDP and state and regional candidates to invest in efforts to raise the bar for Black voter turnout in Florida.

“It’s easy to complain Black voters aren’t going to the polls, but what are we going to do about it?” Campbell asked. “We need leadership in Democratic politics to move the needle.”

As his first initiative, Campbell wants to integrate the Democratic Black Caucus chapters’ technology into a single, integrated, interoperable platform. As new chapters come on board and new members join, they will be able to hit the ground running.

“I want to challenge the Florida Democratic Party and candidates running regional campaigns to make an investment in the Black Caucus to shift the history of ignoring Black voters,” Campbell said. “We want to return the state to blue and the only way to do that is to invest now in our Democratic infrastructure.”

The model can be duplicated by the Hispanic Caucus, Veterans Caucus, Asian Caucus, Disability Caucus, Jewish Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and others. This infrastructure is designed to bring the most talented and the most capable people in the Democratic party to the forefront.

According to the State Elections site, there are currently 1,276,000 Black Democrats in Florida of 4,340,000 registered Democrats.

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VIDEO ALERT: Protect Yourself from Summer Scams! Attorney General Ashley Moody Warns Floridians about Online Shopping Frauds

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla (FNN) — Attorney General Ashley Moody kicks off the 2024 Summer Scam Series: Sunny Days and Shady Deals edition, cautioning Floridians about prevalent online shopping scams. As summer brings enticing sales from online retailers, scammers exploit the surge in traffic by setting up fake websites to deceive consumers with malware and phishing attempts. Attorney General Moody’s “Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” provides essential tips to safely navigate these seasonal shopping events.

 

“Summer sales attract a lot of online activity, and scammers seize every opportunity to exploit unsuspecting shoppers,” said Attorney General Moody. “We’re launching our 2024 Summer Scams Series to warn about these scams and empower consumers to protect themselves.”

“Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” outlines common online shopping schemes expected this summer and advises:

  • Verify the legitimacy of online shopping sites before entering payment details.
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited messages.
  • Exercise caution if a deal seems too good to be true.
  • Use credit cards for safer transactions with additional consumer protections.
  • Refrain from paying through third-party sources when purchasing.

Access “Scams at a Glance: E-Commerce Cons” in English here and in Spanish here.

To report online shopping scams or fraudulent activities, visit MyFloridaLegal.com or call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Five Bills

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the following bills:

CS/HB 1347
Consumer Finance Loans
CS/SB 1600 – Interstate Mobility
CS/SB 7040 – Ratification of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Rules Relating to Stormwater
CS/CS/SB 736 – Services Provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or Its Agents

CS/CS/SB 770 – Improvements to Real Property

To view the transmittal letters, click here and here.

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Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution Charge Nine Individuals in Fentanyl Trafficking Ring

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution today announced the shutdown of a fentanyl trafficking ring. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested 64 individuals involved in the trafficking organization and Attorney General Moody’s Statewide Prosecutors are charging nine of the defendants with felony counts of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, conspiracy to commit RICO and fentanyl trafficking among other charges. The group, led by Hector Torres, Miguel Castro-Rivera and Luis Delgado, sold fentanyl throughout Polk and Osceola counties. The investigation uncovered that most of the transactions originated from two businesses, a fish-and-bait shop and a motorcycle shop, owned by two of the ring’s conspirators. Over the course of the investigation, authorities seized 742 grams of fentanyl, enough to kill 371,000 Floridians.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Florida leads the nation in fentanyl seizures, and this case is yet another example of how Sheriff Grady Judd and his deputies are leaders in helping us remove deadly drugs from our streets. Working with Polk County deputies and FDLE, we were able to seize 742 grams of fentanyl in two counties. That is enough poison to kill 371,000 Floridians, and I have no doubt that this drug-interdiction operation saved lives.”

According to the PCSO investigation, Torres, Castro-Rivera and Delgado, and co-conspirators Pilar Rivera, Wilma Fuentes Laureano, Norberto Otero, Jr., Luis Lopez Torres, Abel Flores and Jeimylee Rivera, sold fentanyl in Polk and Osceola counties. The group generally sold small quantities of the deadly substance in an attempt to avoid detection by authorities. The trafficking ring used countersurveillance techniques, such as cameras outside residences and businesses, multiple cellphones and changing the location of drug deals when possible. In addition to the 742 grams of fentanyl, authorities seized more than 3,500 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of methamphetamine, 57 grams of oxycodone and more than 228 grams of marijuana.

Attorney General Moody’s Statewide Prosecutors charged Torres, Castro-Rivera and Delgado with RICO, a first-degree felony. All defendants except Flores are charged with conspiracy to RICO, a first-degree felony. Rivera, Delgado and Fuentes are additionally charged with trafficking in fentanyl, a first-degree felony. Flores is charged with sale of fentanyl, a second-degree felony.

Attorney General Moody’s OSP will prosecute the nine defendants’ cases. The remaining single-judicial circuit cases will be handled by the local state attorney.

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