Wednesday, August 02, 2006

How To Look Up Your Candidate's Financial Reports

In this election season, we thought it would be helpful for people to know how to look up financial reports for their candidates. As a public service, we offer the following instructions for multi-county and Alachua County Candidates.

Campaign finance is something that is intended, by our government, to be an open process. The intention is that we should know who is contributing to our campaign and who our campaigns are spending their money with. It is in the spirit of public service that we offer the following guides.

For State or Multi-County Candidates, the following instructions apply:

1. The address is http://election.dos.state.fl.us/cand/index.asp.

2. Under the Status drop down menu, you can choose Qualified, All (except WIT/DNQ) or even candidates that did not qualify or have been defeated. For our example, we will choose a candidate that is "Withdrawn/Did Not Qualify".

3. Here, you can put your candidates last name in the "Candidate Last Name" field. For our example, lets use the one House or Senate Candidate in Alachua County that did not qualify. Put "Grapski" in the "Candidate Last Name" field and click the Submit Query button.

4. Click on the name "Grapski , Charlie (DEM)"

5. Click on the Campaign Finance Activity Button.

5. There you will see all of the reports filed by that candidate with the Division of Elections. The system is very accurate. If the report is not there, then it has not been filed. For this particular candidate, as of 08-02-06, you will see one report for the January 1st to March 31st, 2006 period.

If you have any questions about campaign financing or about any candidates in particular, including whether a candidate has filed, or not, the Department of State, Division of Elections can by reach at (850) 245-6200.



For County Candidates:

1. Go to http://www.voterfocus.com/ws/wscand/candidate_pr.php?c=alachua

2. From the drop down menu, you can choose the specific race. 2006 Gubernatorial will be many of the local races while 2006 Sheriff, Special be be for the Sheriff election.

3. Click on a particular candidate

4. Click on any particular report or a list of all contributions and expenditures.

The main page for the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections can be located at http://elections.alachua.fl.us/. For other questions, they can be reached by phone at 352-374-5252.

29 Comments:

At Thu Aug 03, 07:40:00 AM, Blogger Ward Scott said...

Stafford:

Thank you for providing links to public information. The "Candidate's Financial Reports" is a fair category of interest in political races.

Ward Scott

 
At Thu Aug 03, 09:00:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Once again I will ask Mr. Grapski to put copies of all his financial reports on his web site for all to see. The LAW requires it. Mr. Grapski has not done it. What are you hiding?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 03:49:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Once again I will ask Mr. Calderwood to put his and his wife's financial statements out to the public.

Once again I will IGNORE Mr. Calderwood - as I find him irrelevant (other than to the corruption running rampant in the City of Alachua).

The law does not require that I respond to you Mr. Calderwood.

The law requires that I file my financial reports with the Department of State via their electronic filing system.

I have filed THREE reports (including the current one) with them - as I have stated continuously.

I am not hiding anything. What do you THINK I am hiding?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 03:50:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Perhaps Mr. Calderwood would file the two sets of divorce papers for all to see - that is about as legitimate a demand as the one he has placed upon me.

Lets do it Mr. Calderwood. You file your wife and your financial disclosures of interest on this website - and your two sets of divorce papers - and I will post RIGHT HERE all of the income and expenditures that I have reported to the Department of State.

OK. I will await your post - and then will post mine.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:03:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Oh, and by the way, I think you will notice that the INTERNET based reporting system that Stafford has instructed people to review is an UNOFFICIAL record. So if you don't happen to see something there - it DOES NOT MEAN it has not been filed.

Go and review these files for all candidates - I encourage it - the information is really only relevant, beyond strategic considerations of electioneering, to know who MAY be being PURCHASED as a candidate by self-interested actors.

Money should have NO influence in our political process.

Unfortunately it has nearly ALL of the influence these days.

Do indeed review all candidates monetary supporters - and particularly scrutinize those who contribute as an INVESTMENT and seek a RETURN on that investment. That is an UNETHICAL feature of our current political practice).

If you can find a SINGLE individual or corporation or group who provided money to my campaign with the expectation that they would get a return on their monetary investment - then you would have found a naive person/corporation. As there were no such actors - and as I solicited no such monetary contributions - you will not find one.

All of the money (and I sought only a minimum amount of money - although I would have shifted to a fundraising strategy - only to raise the minimal necessary to run an effective campaign - had I remained in the race) I received came from individual citizens who sought not a RETURN ON INVESTMENT for their PRIVATE INTERESTS but a VOICE in the legislature for the PUBLIC GOOD.

I received a large number of pledges of financial support - but as I had to consider whether or not to stay in the race (a race that I could have won had I remained in it) I chose not to accept any more than I minimally needed to pay for the FEW expenditures that I made regarding my campaign (i.e. gas, copies of petitions, and a few photocopied pamphlets).

The ISSUES were the substance of my campaign - not money.

The CORRUPTION of our political system was my concern - locally, state, and nationally.

I have now decided to turn my focus of attention inward - pin-pointing the City of Alachua in the cross-hairs of my investigations - and I will do all I can to CLEAN UP Alachua's government and politics.

You indeed - as you (i.e. Mr. Calderwood, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Watson, etc.) are those who seek to profit by exploiting the political process - should be concerned about this.

You should know that unlike in the norm of your game - you cannot buy me out and you cannot outlast me - I am pretty persistent and resourceful and I am not in it for the money.

I can assure you that the time has come for those who have profited off of the backs of honest residents of Alachua to pay the piper. That day is coming.... Soon.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:07:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Here is an example of the power of ANALYZING the contributions to a candidate - to see if and how they are being used/influenced for the private interests of a few - rather than the public good.

Let's start with Bonnie Burgess - who along with Cain Davis is being supported by the Alachua County Republican Party (I know Stafford - you are not supposed to do that openly - and like your unofficial support of Rod Smith (and the fact that many registered Republicans have no idea what you guys are up to) will deny, deny, deny - but its very clear when you analyze the CONTRIBUTORS list to people like Bonnie - and WARD SCOTT - you will find the overlap with those who are FUNDING the Republican Party of ALACHUA COUNTY. Coincidence?)

Rpt Yr Rpt Type Date Amount Contributor Name Address City State Zip Occupation Typ InKind Desc
------ -------- ---------- ------------ ------------------------------ ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- -------------------- --- -----------------------
2005 Q4 10/03/2005 500.00 WATSON JR. CLOVIS 16591 NW 129TH TERR. ALACHUA, FL 32615 CITY MANAGER CHE
2005 Q4 10/13/2005 500.00 BURGESS VENDA R. 3335 58TH AVE. VERO BEACH, FL 32966 RETIRED CHE
2005 Q4 10/13/2005 50.00 SMITH MILDRED O. 250 NW S RIVER DR. #204 MIAMI, FL 33125 CHE
2005 Q4 10/19/2005 50.00 BURGESS AND DUDLEY, INC. 15010 NW 173RD STREET ALACHUA, FL 32615 CHE
2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 ALACHUA HOLDINGS, LTD. 13505 NW 88 PLACE ALACHUA, FL 32615 AGRICULTURE CHE
2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 441 PROPERTIES OF ALACHUA, LTD P.O. BOX 1990 ALACHUA, FL 32616 REAL ESTATE CHE
2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 FIRST STREET GROUP LLC 13505 NW 88TH PLACE ALACHUA, FL 32615 REAL ESTATE CHE
2005 Q4 10/24/2005 250.00 INNOVATION PARTNERS LTD 13709 PROGRESS BLVD. ALACHUA, FL 32615 REAL ESTATE CHE
2005 Q4 11/09/2005 100.00 MABIN ROBERT J. 214 NW 3RD AVE. GAINESVILLE, FL 32603 MINISTER CAS
2005 Q4 11/09/2005 100.00 MCGREGOR SCOTT 214 NW 14TH ST GAINESVILLE, FL 32603 SELF CAS
2005 Q4 11/13/2005 25.00 SIMMONS EUNYTA J. 3216 NW 56TH PL. GAINESVILLE, FL 32653 CHE
2005 Q4 11/23/2005 500.00 BURGESS JOY E. 9439 SAN JOSE BLVD. #168 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32257 NURSE CHE
2005 Q4 11/24/2005 100.00 BURGESS SAUNDRA B. 5955 BLUEBONNET CIRCLE COLLEGE PARK, GA 30349 ACCOUNTANT CHE
2005 Q4 11/28/2005 500.00 HITCHCOCK ALAN P.O. BOX 129 ALACHUA, FL 32616 PROPRIETOR CHE
2005 Q4 12/08/2005 250.00 RUSH PA. MARIAN B. 726 NE 1ST STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601 ATTORNEY CHE
2005 Q4 12/08/2005 450.00 HOWELL MICHAEL 12605 NW 157 ST ALACHUA, FL 32615 COMPUTER SPECIALIST INK LASER-JET PRINTER
2005 Q4 12/08/2005 100.00 HIGHTOWER JR. JOSEPH 1133 SE 11TH PL. GAINESVILLE, FL 32611 BAILBOND CAS
2005 Q4 12/08/2005 50.00 HIGHTOWER EUNICE 1133 SE 11TH AVE GAINESVILLE, FL 32631 RETIRED EDUCATOR CAS
2005 Q4 12/15/2005 100.00 HAMILTON JUANITA MILES P.O. BOX 2683 GAINESVILLE, FL 32602 CHE
2005 Q4 12/30/2005 500.00 BURGESS BONNIE K. P. O. BOX 111 ALACHUA, FL 32616 ADMIN ASSISTANT CHE
2006 Q1 01/02/2006 200.00 BROOME JOHN L. 4341 N W 19TH STREET APARTMENT FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33313 EDUCATOR CHE
2006 Q1 01/11/2006 100.00 POOLE EUGENE A. 12500 N W 97TH PLACE OCALA, FL 34482 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 01/11/2006 25.00 LEWIS MILDRED H. 81 N W 33RD TERRACE FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33311 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 01/18/2006 200.00 SINGER MICHAEL A. 16302 N W 90TH STREET ALACHUA, FL 32615 SELF EMPLOYED CHE
2006 Q1 01/19/2006 50.00 STORR MAUDE LEWIS 2001 NW 3RD COURT FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33311 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 01/26/2006 50.00 HAWK ZELDA J. 4411 N W 14TH PLACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32605 ATTORNEY CHE
2006 Q1 01/26/2006 300.00 NARAYAN PERINCHERY 3426 N W 43RD STREET SUITE B GAINESVILLE, FL 32606 PHYSICIAN CHE
2006 Q1 02/01/2006 150.00 BURGESS MICHEL D. 585 W JEFFERSON SREET LAKE CITY, FL 32055 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 02/02/2006 100.00 TACHIAS GREGORY A. 1726 S W 7TH TERRACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32607 CHE
2006 Q1 02/03/2006 500.00 HIGHTOWER CALVIN D. 3206 EL CAMINO REAL WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33409 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 02/17/2006 25.00 BURGESS SARA B. 261 LYNCHBURG ROAD KINGSTREE, SC 29556 CHE
2006 Q1 02/17/2006 250.00 O'STEEN BORTHERS, INC 1006 S W 4TH STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601 ASPHALT PAVING CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 RATTLESNAKE RANCH, INC P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 FARM CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 HIPP CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CO P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 50.00 LYON MARTHA SUE 8964-B S W 98TH STREET OCALA, FL 34481 CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 30.00 MARTIN EUGINIE L. 8595 S W 91ST STREET UNIT C OCALA, FL 34481 CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 HIPP JOHN P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 THE CHRISTOPHER CORPORATION P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CHE
2006 Q1 02/22/2006 250.00 O'STEEN BORTHERS, INC 1006 S W 4TH STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601 ASPHALT PAVING CHE
2006 Q1 02/23/2006 250.00 BAMO, INC 410 TURKEY CREEK ALACHUA, FL 32615 REAL ESTATE CHE
2006 Q1 02/28/2006 50.00 JENKINS LIZZIE ROBINSON 17900 S W 183RD AVENUE ARCHER, FL 32618 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 03/07/2006 250.00 WASTE PRO OF FLORIDA P O BOX 1630 ALACHUA, FL 32616 WASTE MANAGEMENT CHE
2006 Q1 03/11/2006 25.00 AMIDEI CONNIE L. 3006 S W 23RD AVENUE APARTMENT GAINESVILLE, FL 32606 CHE
2006 Q1 03/14/2006 200.00 BROWNE EMILY 3820 N W 10TH PLACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32605 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q1 03/16/2006 500.00 WACO PROPERTIES, INC 569 EDGEWOOD AVENUE SOUTH P O BOX 69 JACKSONVILLESONVILLE, FL 32236 REAL ESTATE CHE
2006 Q1 03/16/2006 500.00 N. G. WADE INVESTMENT COMPANY 569 EDGEWOOD AVENUE SOUTH P O BOX 69 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32205 INVESTMENT COMPANY CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 50.00 DAWSON GWENDOLYN 10300 N W 125TH STREET REDDICK, FL 32686 CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 100.00 BROWNELL BARNARD 12300 W HIGHWAY 326 OCALA, FL 34482 CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 150.00 SIZEMORE JOHNNY P O BOX 314 OCKLAWAHA, FL 32183 RETIRED CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 35.00 FITOS BARBARA 1209 S E 10TH AVENUE OCALA, FL 34471 CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 100.00 POOLE EUGENE 12500 N W 97TH PLACE OCALA, FL 34482 CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 100.00 MURRAY VERNON 9053 S W 95TH AVENUE OCALA, FL 34481 CHE
2006 Q2 04/01/2006 50.00 CHRISTY ROSEMARY 2119 N W 30TH PLACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32605 CHE
2006 Q2 04/02/2006 50.00 MURRAY BARBARA 9053 S W 95TH AVENUE OCALA, FL 34481 CHE
2006 Q2 04/11/2006 500.00 WAITCUS GREG 15218 N W 258 PLACE ALACHUA, FL 32615 BUSINESS OWNER CHE
2006 Q2 04/13/2006 100.00 MCKINNEY MARY P O BOX 237 VERO BEACH, FL 32961 RETIRED EDUCATOR CHE
2006 Q2 04/13/2006 25.00 RENFROE MARJORIE 4566 S E 2ND PLACE OCALA, FL 34471 CHE
2006 Q2 04/22/2006 50.00 DECOURSEY JOEL P O BOX 1881 ALACHUA, FL 32616 CHE
2006 Q2 04/22/2006 250.00 DEAN SARAH P O BOX 213 CANDLER, FL 32111 AGRICULTURE CHE
2006 Q2 04/25/2006 500.00 HASKELL 331 NORTH MONROE STREET TALLAHASSEE, FL 32301 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEM CHE
2006 Q2 04/26/2006 100.00 RAY TAMI 1675 GAINER ROAD CHIPLEY, FL 32428 CHE
2006 Q2 04/26/2006 100.00 BRYANT THOMAS 2651 SHILOH WAY TALLAHASSEE, FL 32308 CHE
2006 Q2 05/10/2006 300.00 RAULERSON HAMILTON PAULETTE 11630 N W 1ST AVENUE GAINESVILLE, FL 32607 BUSINESS OWNER CHE
2006 Q2 05/19/2006 500.00 DURATION BUILDERS 527 TURKEY CREEK ALACHUA, FL 32615 CONTRACTOR CHE
2006 Q2 05/31/2006 100.00 POOLE EUGENE 12500 N W 97TH PLACE OCALA, FL 34482 CHE
2006 Q2 06/05/2006 25.00 FISHER ERMADELL 13718 N W 13TH AVENUE GAINESVILLE, FL 32606 CHE
2006 Q2 06/07/2006 50.00 WILSON KATHRYN 4116 57TH COURT VERO BEACH, FL 32967 CHE
2006 F1 07/08/2006 100.00 SHUBERT BETH 2630 N W 47TH PLACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32605 RETIRED CHE
2006 F1 07/11/2006 100.00 ROSE JERRY 3415 N W 1ST COURT GAINESVILLE, FL 32607 RETIRED CHE
2006 F1 07/11/2006 100.00 BROWN EMILY 3820 N W 10TH PLACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32605 CHE
2006 F1 07/11/2006 25.00 AMIDEI CONNIE 3006 N W 23RD AVENUE - APT 34 GAINESVILLE, FL 32606 CHE
2006 F1 07/12/2006 200.00 POOLE EUGENE POOLE OCALA, FL 34482 RETIRED CHE
2006 F1 07/17/2006 200.00 KENNEDY ANNETTE 1068 N W 53RD TERRACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32653 CITY EMPLOYEE CHE
2006 F1 07/18/2006 500.00 GOSTON CHARLES 901 S E 18TH TERRACE GAINESVILLE, FL 32641 BUSINESSMAN CHE
2006 F1 07/18/2006 50.00 ANDERSON HENRY 2302 AVENUE 0 FORT PIERCE, FL 34950 RETIRED EDUCATOR CHE
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15,440.00
75 Contribution(s) Selected

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:14:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Where to begin. The Election Div. says they don't have your reports. You say you sent them. What is the reason for this impass? You have repeatedly said that these reports can be used to see who is contributing and how that money is spent. That is the reason for the law- transparency. I have asked you to post those legally required reports on your blog since they are not available ( for whatever reason) on the state site. Don't do it for me, do it because it is the law and you seem to be trying to skirt that law.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:20:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Well - that's difficult to read - I know.

So let's start at the top of the list:

2005 Q4 10/03/2005 500.00
WATSON JR. CLOVIS 16591 NW 129TH TERR. ALACHUA, FL 32615

Clovis Watson Jr. - the newest and rising star among the State Republican Party. He gave the MAXIMUM to Bonnie.

Lest we leave out other City Officials who profit off of the corruption in City Hall - lets take a look at one of the least qualified City Attorneys (to go with the least qualified City Manager) but one of the HIGHEST PAID:

2005 Q4 12/08/2005 250.00 RUSH PA. MARIAN B.
726 NE 1ST STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601 ATTORNEY CHE

2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 ALACHUA HOLDINGS, LTD. 13505 NW 88 PLACE ALACHUA, FL 32615 AGRICULTURE CHE

Hmm. I wonder what this company does - and why they support Bonnie?

2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 441 PROPERTIES OF ALACHUA, LTD P.O. BOX 1990 ALACHUA, FL 32616
REAL ESTATE CHE

Hmmm....

2005 Q4 10/19/2005 250.00 FIRST STREET GROUP LLC 13505 NW 88TH PLACE ALACHUA, FL 32615
REAL ESTATE CHE

Notice a pattern here?

2006 Q1 01/18/2006 200.00 SINGER MICHAEL A. 16302 N W 90TH STREET ALACHUA, FL 32615 SELF EMPLOYED CHE

2006 Q1 02/17/2006 250.00 O'STEEN BORTHERS, INC 1006 S W 4TH STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601
ASPHALT PAVING CHE

2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 RATTLESNAKE RANCH, INC P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 FARM CHE

2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 HIPP CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CO P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CHE

2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 HIPP JOHN P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 RETIRED CHE

2006 Q1 02/21/2006 500.00 THE CHRISTOPHER CORPORATION P O BOX 1000 ALACHUA, FL 32616 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY CHE

2006 Q1 02/22/2006 250.00 O'STEEN BORTHERS, INC 1006 S W 4TH STREET GAINESVILLE, FL 32601
ASPHALT PAVING CHE

2006 Q1 02/23/2006 250.00 BAMO, INC
410 TURKEY CREEK ALACHUA, FL 32615

I could go on and on ... but I think you get the point. Feel free to evaluate my contributions the same way - I have nothing to hide (as Mr. Calderwood keeps trying to insinuate).

There are many honest and good people giving to Bonnie. Many of them out of friendship or support of an individual they have known.

If any have done so out of her record as a public SERVANT - I think they should take a closer look. There is not much that Bonnie has done for the public since taking office. But she is not alone on the Alachua City Commission - she gets paid to show up every two weeks and sit and nod her head in silence at Commission meetings - all of the work being done behind the scenes via Clovis Watson (illegally by the way).

There is not a single City Commission in Alachua worth a dime - if you want a VOICE in the legislature. But if you are looking for MONETARY gain - you have gone to the right place. These are the kinds of politicians who will indeed give you a return on your monetary investment if they can.

Let's just look at the most telling contributions:

2006 Q1 03/16/2006 500.00 WACO PROPERTIES, INC 569 EDGEWOOD AVENUE SOUTH P O BOX 69 JACKSONVILLESONVILLE, FL 32236 REAL ESTATE CHE

2006 Q1 03/16/2006 500.00 N. G. WADE INVESTMENT COMPANY 569 EDGEWOOD AVENUE SOUTH P O BOX 69 JACKSONVILLE, FL 32205 INVESTMENT COMPANY CHE

Well now, isn't that convenient. Now here are some "constituents" of Bonnie's (OK they don't actually live in Alachua - but these are the good kind of "outsiders" - the kind welcomed into the City with open arms and the City's open checkbook) that really have been served by her presence on the Commission.

WACO of Alabama, Inc.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Now for your personal attacks on me. I fail to see the relevency of my divorces as compared to your illegal failure to file your reports properly. You are the one who said that you don't personnally attack people yet you do it here.

I have given you my complete financial interests. I know that they are boring to you but I can't give you something that doesn't exist. I own a house (actually the bank still "owns" it)and a rental unit, period. I have an IRA with mutual funds for my "retirement" which hasn't happened yet. I still work part time to pay the bills.

My wife has filed her financial disclosure papers with the state as required. They are public records. I know that you can track them down.

You can search the rest of your life but you won't find any off shore accounts or hidden holding companies or secret stock pay offs but I encourage you to waste your time trying.

I am not hiding anything. What do you THINK I am hiding?

I and the rest of the world don't know what you are hiding. That is the point. The Dept. of State doesn't know, we don't know. Why haven't you fixed this problem?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Yes, and as Stafford and Hugh constantly babble about - if you go to the entry on my campaign - you will see only one report detailing an expenditure of $160.

But as this is an UNOFFICIAL statement - and not the official statement - one cannot draw too many conclusions from that (other than I was not spending much time raising money for a campaign - and wasn't spending very much then either).

I have filed TWO other reports - which list a few contributions (a handful) and a few other expenditures (a handful).

There have been problems with the electronic system that caused the second report to be filed late - and is likely the cause of why the reports do not show up electronically.

But then again - that isn't the kind of grand conspiracy that Stafford and "Bud" want to create an impression of - no - instead I am trying to HIDE something!!

What exactly I cannot imagine. But they are determined to give the impression that there is something to hide - ooooooooh.

I guess that means that the FACTS I have exposed about Clovis Watson and Jean Calderwood and the City of Alachua are discredited and no longer are really facts.

I guess there really is no problem of corruption in the City of Alachua.

Its a paragon of virtue. Right Stafford? After all - you have taken the Republican Party of Alachua County on a ride - betting on the City of Alachua, for which you declared you were "drawing a line in the sand" as this was the MODEL government in your eyes.

I guess dictatorship is bad in Cuba - but GOOD in Alachua (I guess if you are the dictator - or one of his friends - its all Kosher).

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Hugh - I am waiting for your disclosure of "interests" and your disclosure of your divorce documents - and then I will be happy to post an item by item listing of all my campaign expenditures and contributions with the Republican Party of Alachua County Attack Site.

[Disclaimer: Although few read this blog - I do not want to imply that individuals registered as Republicans in Alachua County know of or endorse the policies and practices that have been adopted by the leadership of the Republican Executive Committee. There are many honest individuals in this county registered Republican - and I believe that if and when they find out what is being done in their name - they will be quite upset and disgusted.]

 
At Fri Aug 04, 04:58:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

There have been problems with the electronic system that caused the second report to be filed late - and is likely the cause of why the reports do not show up electronically.

Charlie, I have talked to the division of elections twice, myself. To ask and to confirm their answer. Your reports have not been filed. They are sitting in limbo in the EFS, waiting to be completed and submitted.

As such, they are not available to the general public. Nobody can call the Division of Elections and request a copy of your reports, because they don't have them as filed.

Perhaps you should make a good faith effort to stop this nonsense and just call the division of elections, ask them yourself and ask that they be filed along with all of the other reports.

Yes, please look at other candidates. I know EFS. I have been using it since it was required by law. I challenge you to find a report that is filed, but not listed on the website.

I will say, one more time, since there were a couple of sentences after the last time I said it.

I can also tell you that EFS has been very problem-free since the about the first filing period that it was used.

If you call the Division of Elections and ask them to pull your reports, they show only one report that is filed. That is Q1. The other reports that you should be referring to are Q2 and either F1 or a termination report. They don't record either of those as having been filed.

ONE MORE TIME - TWO PEOPLE, ON THE PHONE AT THE DIVISION OF ELECTIONS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT YOUR REPORTS ARE NOT FILED AND ARE IN LIMBO IN EFS. Just find out why and fix it.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:06:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Hugh,

The reference to divorce papers does not constitute a personal attack. I made no comment or judgment about your divorces. It was a parallel to your demands made of me here.

I am not required to produce reports to you, personally, upon your demand. Nor are you required to do so for me. That is the point of the "demand" for divorce papers.

Those papers are public - and are filed with the courts. I have no idea what is in them. But I really don't care enough to take a look.

I could say - just as you have - when you don't post them upon my demand: "What are you trying to hide?"

And it is AS VALID as when you make that attempt with regard to me.

That is the point - its not a personal attack - its an analogy.

I have also asked for you to disclose the "interests" of yourself and your wife - but you rejected that - so I shifted to another example.

However your "interests" are AS RELEVANT to the public as your wife's - not only because you serve on boards that make decisions that can impact your interests - but because your wife, as Mayor-Commissioner, must disclose and at times may not vote - when YOUR interests are affected (as her spouse).

You also continually deny that your wife has REFUSED to file such disclosure of interests. But I possess FIVE documents - one for each commissioner - from when your wife was serving - in which THREE commissioners filed, upon a citizen's request - and one with a legal basis, unlike yours - a disclosure of interests.

The only two to refuse such disclosure: James Lewis and Jean Calderwood.

What was she trying to hide?

Get my point, Hugh? Its a parallel - that's the point.

I am exposing the problems with your arguments - by turning them back against you with analogous claims pointed at you.

You refuse to post those documents and facts here - just as I am not going to jump at your beck and call to do so.

I have filed my reports - as required - with the State of Florida. I don't report to the Republican Party of Alachua County Attack Site or to Hugh Calderwood - and I am not LEGALLY REQUIRED to do so (despite what you keep trying to imply).

Whether or not those reports are showing up on the computer - is a problem with the Department of State and the electronic filing system.

But there is simply no issue of CORRUPT practices or HIDING something or BREAKING a law here. Yet you continually want to try and create the IMPRESSION thereof - thus I have responded back in like manner - to ILLUSTRATE the point.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:09:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Oh Stafford,

So now you ADMIT that they were entered into the EFS - and are sitting in limbo.

Now if you shared that information from the start - rather than trying to create the (mis)impression of my deliberately trying to hide something and break the law - we would have a different discussion ongoing now would we not?

I will find out why those reports are in "limbo" and will seek that to be fixed. Simple as that.

So why have you been fueling this all along with the FALSE impression that I did not enter anything into the system - when you gave that impression KNOWING that entries were made but the DOS told you they were in the system but "in limbo."

What a different picture is now painted by your LATE admission of the FULL set of facts that you have had at your disposal - but CHOSE to selectively leave out.

So obviously, if I ENTERED data into the EFS, and it is in a LIMBO status for whatever reason (this is the first time you have stated that) - then I have not attempted to HIDE anything from the state, now have I?

Your apology is accepted.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:10:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

Charlie, your disclaimer is very intersting. Actually, we have recieved a lot of email support form both Republicans and Democrats.

This is not a hate site. Lets not forget that you started throwing around very hateful accusations without so much as a shread of proof.

The city of Alahua has the potential to be the economic engine of the community that the City of Gainesville refuses to be. You will find a lot of people in favor of that, and are determined to keep you and the ALA from wrecking the possibility of a good job for them.

Like I said, Dollar General pays pretty good wages. Probably better than the custodial staff at UF.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:12:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Stafford,

By the way EFS may not have had that many problems - but I can assure you it has had its problems.

I know - because I had a problem with it when we changed treasurers. I could not access the system and spent a good amount of time trying to get that situation straightened out.

So there are problems and errors - sometimes at the system end, sometimes at the user end, sometimes a mixture of both.

So why have you and Hugh been so determined to try and give the IMPRESSION (falsely) that I was doing something ILLEGAL or UNETHICAL and that I was trying to HIDE something?

Particularly since you have admitted knowing the EXACT status of the reports ("in limbo") but have tried to give the false impression that I had failed (or refused) to enter them into the system?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:20:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

Wonderful. But this begs my question. That is not an answer to my question - why don't you RELEASE PUBLICLY what "interests" you do indeed have.

That is a fundamentally different question.


Charlie, he did. He said he owns a house, for which the bank hold a mortgage. He has 1 rental unit and an IRA with some mutual funds in it.

He said that his wife has filed her financial disclosure, as required by law. He has answered your question.

Can you tell me what data that Jean was asked, along with James Lewis, to lists other interests?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:24:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

Charlie, I told you days ago, in a post, that they were in EFS. I even told you that both reports were last opened on July 24th. July 24th, by the way, is 14 days after Q2 was due. There is no indication that they are complete, and they have not been filed.

You are still in violation of 106.07F.S. The public does not have access to them and you refuse to do anything about that.

No apology has been offered, nor will it.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:28:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

Not what "data", but what "date"

 
At Fri Aug 04, 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Stafford,

I will obtain the disclosure of interest documents and post them for you to review - those that I claim were refused by Calderwood (Jean) and Lewis.

Hugh Calderwood only TODAY made those statements - in the past he has had a more "crafted" reply (begging the question). But that is hardly a full disclosure of interests - but as I was not really seeking his disclosure, only making a parallel example, I am not concerned about the details.

As far as I am aware, Stafford, you made no such detailed statements to me until now.

What you did say - I believe a day or two ago - is that you knew the last DATE that I accessed the system.

I stated to you then that you would have known the date that I input my last financial statement (the current one).

What you did not state was that the DOS told you they were IN the system but in limbo. You instead kept on trying to give the false impression that I had done something WRONG (illegal you said) and encouraged Hugh Calderwood to say I was HIDING something.

Clearly if you knew the data was IN the system, even if in limbo, you therefore KNEW that was not the case - but chose not to reveal that.

As for your apology - I guess you didn't get the joke.

So now you know the entries are IN the system (they exist in Tallahassee). Seems to me if you wanted to retrieve that information you could - its there - and I believe if it is in their computer it is a public record.

I don't know why they are not showing up as "filed" but instead as "in limbo" - I certainly did not push the "in limbo" button when I filed them. Perhaps I made an error on the system - its possible - but not criminal.

And I have not done anything to accomodate YOU and HUGH Calderwood. I have not stated I would do nothing to fix any errors with the State of Florida.

But that's the point again - you two kept trying to give the false impression that my refusal to jump to your beck and call (when you used partial information - for your own purposes) - that I am somehow doing that as a violation of law.

I am not and have not. I just do not answer to you, personally. If I were in public office - and you were demanding something of me as that official - I would have replied, and done so cordially. If you were an official of the State of Florida requesting correction of the filing on the system - I would have done so.

But neither of those are the case of the Stafford/Calderwood REC attack site (this site).

Again Stafford, I have no real criticism of you ethically - although I believe you naively are led down paths that are not good for you or your party by very unethical actors. I think you are a good and honest individual who really believes he is trying to do the right thing. I do not have a similar view of Mr. Calderwood or Mrs. Calderwood - but that is my judgment from my experience. I could be wrong about them - but nothing seems to indicate that, and very much seems to indicate the opposite. I don't know why they do what they do - but I do know what they do.

And Hugh's "criticisms" of Tamara Robbins, for example, are hardly as he attempts to portray them.

I'll collect them together - and display them on the Alachua Project site so you can evaluate them for yourself (in his own words). I'll let you know when I get that chance.

Personally, I find that actors such as Hugh and Jean Calderwood are the problem in American politics - not the solution.

While you, Stafford, I consider differently. We may disagree on many particular policies - but I think we agree on some and I think, in the proper contexts, we can have reasonable, rational, and productive interactions.

I do not believe that Hugh Calderwood is interested in such interactions - perhaps he is capable of them - but he certainly shows no signs of an interest in that kind of thing.

That is a fundamental difference.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Mr. Grapski, I published those same "interests" in a letter to the editor months ago. I doubt that you missed it.
Since you have a way of saying one thing then twisting it when call on them, ask me a specific question of what you consider "interests". I will answer you publically.

Also I wait your publishing the "disclosure forms" that you refer to.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 06:55:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Mr. Grapski, Stafford offered to help you complete your file on Aug. 2 at 9:38:19 AM.

He said, "If you don't know how to use EFS, I would be happy to help you out with it."

If you had taken him up on his offer this would have been over days ago.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Mr. Grapski:
Here is the letter to the editor I wrote the first week of June and it was published in the High Springs Hearld. Tell me how it is materially different then what I just wrote?

An Open Challenge To Charles Grapski

Charles Grapski, candidate for State House of Representative, District 23 has openingly called my wife and myself corrupt and profiting from our service to our community. He says that we will be arrested. He offers no proof of these allegations. If we lived two hundred years ago I would challenge him to a duel at twenty paces for this slander to settle this outrageous insult to our characters. Since we are more civilized now I will challenge him to a duel of FACTS. He claims to have proof positive to back his talk. To that I say, bring it on. Prove that either one of us has taken even one penny from anyone or any business associated with the City.

Mr. Grapski is an outsider to our community and obviously has been given bad information. He challenges me to prove a negative. I will give him a positive to refute. He claims that I was James Lewis’ campaign manager. This is false. I was his Treasurer for which I received no compensation. On the other hand, his opponent Lewis Irby did have a paid campaign consultant.

I make my living as a veterinarian. I do not now nor have I ever owned any stock in any company that does any business with the City or business in the city. My wife earns her living as a state employee and Mayor of our beautiful city. My wife does not now nor has she ever owned any stock. We own one rental unit which we bought from my wife’s son.

The citizens of our Good Life Community know of our voluntary services. We have both been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for our services to many organizations like NUBA in their fund raising efforts, The Military Support Group of Alachua County, the Recreation Department, LDR and Comprehensive Plan Committees, Clean Up Days, Planning and Zoning Committee, Police Pension Board, Past President of the Alachua Women’s Club, Past Presidents of the Chamber, Chamber Sportsfest Committee, Chairs of the local Christmas Parade, Citizens Advisory Task Force, Greater Alachua Transportation Task Force, Countywide Visioning Committee, Mebane SAC, Drug Prevention Council, NCF Regional Economic Development Council, fund raising efforts for the youth sports programs to name but a few organizations. We have also donated money and hundreds of volunteer hours to a multitude of community projects.

Let the citizens be alert to these false allegations of corruption and profiteering. They should consider the character of someone who bares false witness against good citizens for their own agenda. Mr. Grapski, stop lying about our character. If you have any proof positive then present it publicly for all to see.

 
At Fri Aug 04, 07:06:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

I wrote that 8 weeks ago. I am still waiting for any "proof" that we are "corrupt" or "profiteering".

 
At Fri Aug 04, 08:51:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

Charlie said:
As far as I am aware, Stafford, you made no such detailed statements to me until now.

What you did say - I believe a day or two ago - is that you knew the last DATE that I accessed the system.



Charlie, following is what I posted on 08-01-06 at 10:09:

"Here is another hint, for you. Your Q2 report was opened, either by you or your treasurer (when you had one) and was last accessed on July 24th. It has not been completed and submitted. It is sitting in limbo in EFS waiting for somebody to finish and submit it."

Regardless, the report is your responsibility. You were the candidate and with that came responsibility.

Now, let me give you another example of why you are a hypocrite:

You are awfully quick to judge other people for things that may be real, may not be real, or may just be mistakes. In that conversaton that you and I had with Watson and Goston, Clovis said that "if" mistakes were made, then they certainly weren't intentional. You don't seem to be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, but you expect us to give it to you. No sale! I don't buy and will not give it to you.

In fact, my next thread is going to be the email that is evidence of you violating the sunshine laws while you were on the Blue Ribbon Committee for County Finances.

Yes, you, Dear Charlie, violated the sunshine laws, and we have the email to prove it.

I thank you for considering that I have good intentions, but I cannot return the sentiment. I believe that you are twisting the facts to support your particular agenda. In fact, thetruthabouttheala.com is a complete record of that, from beginning to end.

Don't forget about the upcoming thread about your sunshine law violation, so:

Ya'll come back now, ya hear?

 
At Fri Aug 04, 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Stafford Jones said...

One final question, Charlie. I don't want to see the document that Jeane was asked to sign. I want to know the date that she was asked to sign it.

 
At Sun Aug 06, 08:36:00 AM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Another week and Mr. Grapski hasn't fixed his reporting.

 
At Sun Aug 06, 01:12:00 PM, Blogger Charles Grapski said...

Bring it on Stafford - that I violated the Sunshine Law on the Blue Ribbon Committee.

You are simply grasping at straws once again.

I know you don't like the fact that I have used these laws to hold to account public officials who seek to skirt the law to obtain results that you agree with.

But the issue is not about me - its about the public officials and their abuse of power.

You don't like that topic - so you are desperately trying to change the subject.

How many ETHICS laws has James Lewis been PROVEN to have violated by the way - in his "growth" (aka personal profit via his abuse of public office - taking public resources and investing them in his and his friends businesses for the benefit of themselves and not hte public)?

THat is the issue here.

You have drawn a line in the sand on the issue of ALachua's model of government (absolutism). You have attached the Republican Party to this via your actions.

You have thus taken the Republican Party and made it a PARTNER of corruption in Alachua.

 
At Sun Aug 06, 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Mr. Grapski, who are these public officials that you have held accountable? Bernie Machen? Clovis Watson? The Mayor?

 

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