February 2, 2016 at 9:38 am

What is Jimmy Conner Selling in Return for $23,225 in Outside Political Donations?

What is Jimmy Conner Selling in Return for 

$23,225 in Outside Political Donations?

Is it “Pay to Play” for Wekiva Parkway and Wellness Way Projects?

Lake County Commissioner – District 3 – Jimmy Conner is running for re-election this year, and it appears everything in Lake County is for sale. Plus the “pay to play” rules are in effect. Every vendor for Lake County government understands that if they do not make a political contribution to Conner there will be retribution. When Conner calls with his hand out—you’d better “pony up” some cash or he will get real ugly and try to bully you.

According to Conner’s own Campaign Treasurer’s Report Summary filed with Lake County, from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, he raised $50,800 for his 2016 campaign. Click here to see the details.
https://www.voterfocus.com/ws/WScand/candidate_pr.php?op=cv&e=11&c=lake&ca=239&rellevel=4&committee=N

Below you will find the name, address, occupation, and amount of every Conner campaign contributor who does not live in Lake or Sumter County. Outside campaign contributions total $23,225, or a whopping 45.7 percent. The reason why Conner campaign contributions from Lake and Sumter County businesses are not listed is that Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. understands many vendors and their owners are forced to contribute to Conner’s campaign in order to be able to continue their contracts with Lake County. Unfortunately, “pay to play” is alive and well in Lake County, Florida.

Get this—out of the $23,225 in campaign contributions from outside sources, $16,925 or 72.8 percent of that amount, is from real estate people and lawyers. So that begs the question: What special political influence is Conner peddling in Lake County? Could it be, Orange County interests lining up to do business in the Wekiva Parkway and Wellness Way areas? Could it be, Conner is just straight-up selling future work with Lake County?

Why are so many real estate businesses and lawyers in Orange County giving Conner money? Everyone knows it’s not because they like him personally.

The citizens of Lake County need to call Jimmy Conner and ask him, “What are you selling Jimmy?” You can call or text Conner on his private cell phone at 352-874-7892 or you can use his backdoor private email, ConnerJC@aol.com. This email address is where he conducts most of his county business so he can hide from public record.

Finally, throughout the year we will be updating all outside Jimmy Conner campaign contributors. We will do our best to find out what influence Conner is peddling. By the looks of Conner’s first campaign haul, Lake County is for sale to the highest bidder!

NAME OCCUPATION AMOUNT
Dennis L. Horton Attorney $500
10301 Down Lakeview Cir.
Windermere, FL 34786
Jimmy D. Crawford None Listed $100
750 Garden Oaks Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
MIC Hotel Corp.: Hotel $225
DBA MIC Plaza
2110 NW 95th Ave.
Doral, FL 33172-2338
MIC Hotel Corp.: Hotel $325
South Tower
2110 NW 95th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172
The Taxon Group Business $1,000
3521 All American Blvd.
Orlando, FL  32810
Mahudi International, Corp. Business $200
2110 Northwest 95th Ave.
Doral, FL 33172
JNS Real Property, LLC None Listed $100
2110 NW 95th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
South Lake Crossing IV LLC Real Estate $1,000
P.O. Box 135
Windermere, FL 34786
JNS Development, LLC Real Estate $150
2110 NW 95th Ave.
Doral, FL 33172
Horizon Land Management Co. Real Estate $1,000
P.O. Box 1001
Windermere, FL 34786
Fishback, Dominick, et al. Attorney $1,000
1947 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL 32789
CRA-MAR Groves, Inc. Real Estate $500
5932 Caymus Loop
Windermere, FL 34786
Estate of Mary Jo Ardaman Estate $1,000
1947 Lee Road
Winter Park, FL 32789
Daniel W. Langley Attorney $500
9229 Lake Fischer Blvd.
Gotha, FL 34734
Mark F. Ahlers Attorney $200
205 Robin Road
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Michael A. Ryan None Listed $100
139 W. Fawsett Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Thomas E. Francis None Listed $100
649 Cherokee Cir.
Orlando, FL 32801
Nicholas A. Pope Attorney $200
2200 W. Fawsett Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
William T. Dymond Attorney $250
2080 W. Fawsett Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Aaron Jay Gorovitz None Listed $100
2006 Wayhaven Ct.
Maitland, FL 32751
James J. Hoctor None Listed $100
933 Brightwater Cir.
Maitland, FL 32751
Joseph A. Lane None Listed $100
7421 Pinemount Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Tara L. Tedrow None Listed $50
1001 Bonita Dr.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Richard J. Fildes None Listed $100
2514 Gatlin Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
Edward Clement Attorney $250
528 Springcreek Dr.
Longwood, FL 32779
James G. Kattlemann Attorney $200
3953 Wardell Pl.
Orlando, FL 32814
Miranda F. Fitzgerald Attorney $250
9602 Sloane St.
Orlando, FL 32827
Jon C. Yergler Attorney $125
2824 Bear Island Pointe
Winter Park, FL 32792
Frank J. Sharp, III Real Estate $500
9707 Wild Oak Dr.
Windermere, FL 34786
Southern Hill Farms, Inc. Agriculture $500
2849 Lust Rd.
Apopka, FL 32703
Rich A. Wayne Real Estate $250
P.O. Box 1911
Orlando, FL 32802
Brenda Dowd Real Estate $200
918 Westpark Dr.
Celebration, FL 34747
Tami Karr Homemaker $1,000
1005 W. 2nd Ave.
Windermere, FL 34786
Bio-Tech Consulting, Inc. Environmental Consultant $500
2002 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32803
Jeffry B. Fuqua Real Estate $500
401 Ferguson Dr.
Orlando, FL 32805
Jerry Chicone, Jr. Citrus Grower $400
P.O. Box 547636
Orlando, FL 32854
Lisa A. Jones Real Estate $250
18010 Lookout Hill Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Hans C. Kahlert Real Estate $350
57 River Dr.
Ocean Ridge, FL 33435
Herbert F. Kahlert Real Estate $500
500 S. Australian Ave., Ste. 710
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
SP Commercial Investors, LLC Real Estate $1,000
P.O. Box 135
Windermere, FL 34786
Windermere Oakdale Property Real Estate $500
9259 Point Cypress Dr.
Orlando, FL 32836
Land Plus, Inc. Real Estate $1,000
P.O. Box 135
Windermere, FL 34786
Iopplolo Law Group, PLLC Attorney $500
250 International Parkway, Ste. 250
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Susan Clark Pierson Real Estate $500
9707 Wild Oak Dr.
Windermere, FL 34786
Shutts & Bowen, LLP Attorney $500
1500 Miami Center
201 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
Center Lake Properties Real Estate $500
P.O. Box 568367
Orlando, FL 32856
Lauren F. Carmody Attorney $250
1359 Meeting Pl.
Orlando, FL 32814
Daniel T. O’Keefe Attorney $500
Bayshore Dr.
Windermere, FL 34786
Cecelia Bonifay Attorney $500
1157 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Sarah B. Kelly Education $250
1902 SW 27th St.
Ocala, FL 34471
Ardaman Properties, LLC Attorney $500
1947 Lee Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Ardaman Trust Attorney $500
1947 Lee Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Joe B. Tramell Real Estate $500
720 N. Rio Grande Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
Akerman LLP Attorney $1,000
495 N. Keller Rd., Ste. 300
Maitland, FL 32751
Kristin K. Stuart None Listed $50
1408 Knollwood St.
Orlando, FL 32804

 

Real Estate $9,200
Attorney $7,725
Business $1,200
Estate $1,000
Homemaker $1,000
No Occupation Listed $900
Hotel $550
Agriculture $500
Environmental Consultant $500
Citrus Grower $400
Education $250
Total $23,225

 

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January 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

We Tried To Warn You.

We Tried To Warn You.

Conner Lied Again and Again and Again
This week, Lake County Fire Chief John Jolliff said 12 out of 24 stations need to be renovated, half the fire trucks are ten years old, and they could possibly need 18 more people to man the fire stations. He claims they don’t have enough money and that the county should consider raising the fire assessment charges on all properties.

Seriously? How many times can the Political Establishment in Lake County pull the Fire Card on Lake County citizens to raise taxes? When Lake County Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner pushed a special election (one year earlier than necessary) at an unnecessary cost of $440,000 to Lake County taxpayers for the renewal of the Penny Sales Tax, we thought it was to it was to buy fire trucks and build fire stations.

Here is what is happening: Lake County government is taking money that was previously designated for fire protection and spending it on other priorities, such as pickle ball courts. It’s called money skimming. We warned this would happen, yet the people of Lake County passed the renewal of the Penny Sales Tax, ultimately giving a blank check to Jimmy Conner.

This is about the lies being told by our government officials, especially by Conner while he served as Chairman of the Lake County Commission.

Let’s first take a look at the facts and what the average homeowner is charged for fire assessment in Lake County:

  • First and foremost, property taxes were created to provide fire protection for all of its citizens. That is one of the first responsibilities of local government. Most counties and cities in America pay for fire protection out of regular property tax collections.
  • On top of their property taxes, every homeowner and business in Lake County already pays a yearly special fire assessment of $175. Here is a link to Lake County’s Fire Assessment Rate Schedulehttp://bit.ly/20pndKb
  • A 10,000 square-foot medical office pays a yearly fire assessment fee of $4,259.
  • Institutional buildings really get hammered with this assessment. A 20,000 square-foot building pays a whopping $8,522 yearly fire assessment. According to Lake County’s June 23, 2015 Tindale Oliver Study Presentation, institutional properties include retirement/assisted living facilities, hospitals, Boy Scouts, humane society, government property, and religious institutions.
  • Lake County has a fire impact fee for all newly built structures. The fire impact fee for a new home is $390.
  • The fire impact fees on businesses are outrageous. The owner of a new 10,000 square foot doctor’s office will pay a whopping $13,010 in fire impact fees.
  • When Conner jammed a 13.8% property tax increase down the taxpayer’s throats in 2014, he said (among other things) the tax was needed to provide funding for the fire department.
  • Because of the 2014 property tax increase implemented by Jimmy Conner, Welton Cadwell and Sean Parks, Lake County now has the highest property taxes in the area. Don’t think we have lower taxes, because we don’t!
  • During last year’s special rip-off ($440,000) election on the Penny Sales Tax renewal, Conner once again played the Fire Card and said the tax had to be renewed to pay for new fire stations and fire trucks. Renewing the Penny Sales Tax would solve all of our problems.  Here we are, less than three months later, and that has proven to be another lie by Conner.
What in the world is going on?

We told you in October— if you passed the renewal of the Penny Sales Tax and the taxpayers did not force local government to spend the money on priorities that they would be coming back with their hands out saying they needed more money. There is one thing that is not in dispute—Conner lied to you then and he will do it again and again and again—as long as you let him.

It is time to tell them, “No!” and force them to shift money from wants to needs—like the fire department. Lake County taxpayers are not taxed too little—Conner and his gang spend too much.

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