Florida Senator Jason Brodeur, Alleged to Have Stolen a Fake Election, Now Wants to Steal Your Free Speech! – Investment Watch

by means of  David Haggith

How again and again within the remaining 3 years has George Orwell’s 1984 towered like a tombstone over democracy and fundamental human freedoms proper right here in the USA? This week the echoes of goose-stepping Soviet boots might be heard within the halls of Florida’s state legislature, and so they have been being worn by means of one explicit Republican, Florida Senator Jason Brodeur.

Senator Brodeur’s newest invoice within the Florida legislature in particular objectives the other press that exists most commonly in blogs and small web pages like my very own with a stranglehold on uninhibited unfastened speech. If he will get his manner, each creator on each weblog within the country must sign in and report continuously with the State of Florida on every occasion they write about Floridian politicians if they obtain cost for his or her writing.

Brodeur has incorporated an abnormal exception (coming from a Republican as it’s) for many who paintings for the mainstream media. Reporters hired by means of main media are expressly excluded; alternatively, independents like me and 1000’s of others like me will have to step in keeping with the goose-steppers if Brodeur’s invoice passes the Florida state legislature. His exception could also be meant to keep away from intense lobbying towards the invoice by means of mainstream media who’ve the money to weigh down it. If this is the case, that’s now not running.

Brodeur needs to grasp who’s writing about him, what they’re announcing and who may have paid them to mention it and what sort of … even supposing no person paid them in particular to mention anything else. It’s sufficient that they mentioned it a few Florida respectable and so they were given paid! In the event that they promote an editorial a few Florida state flesh presser to a newsletter as a freelancer or they’re funded by means of supporters who pay basically for his or her writing, as I’m, they will have to sign in.

The invoice defines a weblog as “a web site or webpage that hosts any blogger and is steadily up to date with opinion, observation, or trade content material.”


Yep, that will be me, and It could come with this newsletter I’m writing now.

On the other hand, the invoice additionally says,

the time period does now not come with the web site of a newspaper or different an identical newsletter.

So, it makes a speciality of impartial bloggers — steadily move, media-critical voices the mainstream may like to close out. I wouldn’t be writing this precise article if I had no supporters for this web site as a result of a loss of supporters would inform me louder than anything else there isn’t any actual passion in my writing. If didn’t have the web site, I wouldn’t be writing it until I assumed I may just promote it to any individual as a result of source of revenue is very important to survival.

In reality, continuance of this website online is all the time borderline with me anyway as a result of make stronger hasn’t ever come above $5 consistent with hour for the time spent, so it’s most commonly a exertions of affection, and I’m all the time questioning how for much longer I wish to give that a lot time to it. Nonetheless, I’m paid for what I publish right here, so I don’t see an exclusion for me.

I write a weblog as a web site. It’s up to date steadily with opinion, observation AND trade content material, checking the entire containers on this proposed legislation. I’m paid by means of donors for writing what is going in this weblog. Certain, they don’t inform me what to jot down or about whom, however this sweepingly vast, anti-constitutional legislation doesn’t say anything else about any individual expressly asking me to jot down explicit content material.

Ostensibly, Brodeur’s invoice is meant to keep watch over crusade finance by means of preventing lobbyists and political-action committees and campaigns from paying bloggers to jot down particular content material:

“Paid bloggers are lobbyists who write as an alternative of communicate. They each are skilled electioneers. If lobbyists must sign in and document, why shouldn’t paid bloggers?” Brodeur mentioned of his invoice.

Florida Politics

Aside from that his invoice doesn’t say any of that! The person is dimmer than a fit at fifty miles away if he thinks many bloggers are compatible his description of them as lobbyists, and his difference between writing and speaking (as though writing weren’t coated beneath unfastened speech) is not up to Neanderthalian. If controlling lobbyists have been actually the intent, the invoice would center of attention on tough the ones lobbying teams — and now not person writers — reveal precisely what they are doing with their money, and depart the creator totally out of it. As an alternative, it seeks to suffocate the little man with intimidation as a result of he doesn’t have the legal professionals to combat it.

The proposed legislation could also be pitched as crusade finance keep watch over, nevertheless it seeks to keep watch over any impartial creator paid by means of any person for articles about any elected Florida state flesh presser. In reality, whether it is actually about campaign-finance keep watch over, why does it follow ONLY to articles about already elected officers and to not articles about applicants? This is past telling. It seeks to avoid wasting the likes of Brodeur — established political officers — from unrestricted ridicule, however now not those that aren’t but in administrative center.

Is that the country you wish to have? One the place unfastened speech calls for state registration of any impartial journalist within the nation in the event that they receives a commission one thing for writing about state politicians? Does this proposed legislation’s succeed in sooner or later unfold from right here to my having to sign in in each Republican-controlled state with the intention to write about their politicians? Do I’ve time for that once I’m most effective making $5 an hour as it’s?

Brodeur’s invoice as IT stands

(Consumers who obtain get entry to to The Day by day Doom will have already learn this actual phase of this newsletter, as they obtain each and every weekday the scoop that steadily turns into the seed for my subsequent article; so, I like to recommend they skip to the next phase in the event that they know the gist of Brodeur’s invoice from my remaining version of The Day by day Doom.)

In one of the vital slyest and, but, maximum brazen strikes so far to oppress free-and-open political speech, Jason Brodeur’s proposed legislation now not most effective calls for registration with the state, however can even require per 30 days stories about who used to be written about for each long run article that comes out on Florida executive officers and would require disclosure of source of revenue made off the ones articles — supply and quantity. Point out of Ron DeSantis is in particular named within the articles in regards to the invoice. His administrative center has most effective mentioned he’s reviewing the invoice.

The legislation is absurdly vast in making use of to other people outdoor the state’s personal jurisdiction and definitely will have to be unconstitutional during the USA; however why, I assume, must a Republican flesh presser care about that?

Ron Kuby, a First Modification legal professional in New York, mentioned the legislation would now not live on a courtroom problem whether it is handed. “It’s exhausting to believe an offer that will be extra violative of the First Modification,” Kuby mentioned. “We don’t sign in reporters. Individuals who write can’t be compelled to sign in.”


(Hello, right here’s of the massive information publishers declaring how this legislation violates the charter, despite the fact that they’re excluded from its legislation. Possibly it’s simply so unhealthy that, whilst exempted from it, they can not stand it on concept!)

However, why would a Republican care about whether or not or now not the legislation violates the charter, as long as it protects him? Clearly, the constitutional violation doesn’t motive Jason Brodeur to bat a false eyelash.

The legislation imposes heavy fines of up to $2,500 consistent with failure to document an editorial, and it initiates what may just develop into a burden of registering state-by-state simply to workout one’s US proper of unfastened speech when writing about Floridian politicians.

I will be able to, if such an oppressive legislation requiring this additional effort of me simply to jot down what I wish to about Ron DeSantis or any different Florida flesh presser (akin to this newsletter) by no means comply! In reality, I will be able to cross out of my manner to not compley. And I believe I’ll get started writing towards Jason Brodeur greater than any person (with out pointing out it), as I’m doing at this time … if this putrid heap of political rubbish ever turns into legislation. I’ll get a hold of extra names for him than Trump has for DeSanctimonious as a result of, if any mug ever seemed sanctimonious it Brodeur’s. The State of Florida must come and extradite me throughout state traces.

If that suggests I will by no means seek advice from Florida, who cares? If Florida ever if truth be told turns into this draconian in its oppression of human freedom, who needs to ever cross there anyway? But even so, it’s swampy, filled with predatory mosquitos and alligators … and that’s simply its legislature.

(The photograph supplied right here of Jason Brodeur’s arrogant mug is to be used together with your dart board, and the item shall perpetually stay unregistered.)

Brodeur as HE stands

I will neatly believe Donald Trump may like a invoice like this, since he again and again carried out force on Jimmy Fallon by way of Falon’s employer, NBC, to prevent doing Trump jokes. Since politicians hate this sort of stuff, let me now cross out of my strategy to carry it on: I’ll get started by means of suggesting a Trumpian title for Brodeur. Let’s name him Boudoir, after the women dressing room. Finally, he most likely spends numerous time within the boudoir, getting dressed up for drag-queen tale hours.

You notice, Senator Boudoir is aware of all about hiding within the closet. Probably the most massive tales about him that most likely were given him so prickly towards bloggers within the first position thinking about how he pulled a skeleton out of his closet again in 2020 known as a “ghost flesh presser” to run towards.

The race for Senate District 10 in Central Florida has remained one of the vital intently watched in Florida during 2022. However the 2020 election that put in the incumbent has loomed over it the entire time….

The [2022] pageant marks a unprecedented instance when Democrats invested closely in offense this cycle. Brodeur and Miami Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia are the one GOP incumbents Senate Victory directed main assets towards unseating….

Each Brodeur and Garcia gained election in the similar magnificence, in 2020 — beneath in a similar way scrutinized instances. Republican operatives in each their districts allegedly recruited applicants to run without a celebration association, dubbed “ghost applicants,” in an obvious effort to siphon off votes from Democrats. Each gained shut contests.

Florida Politics

Simply as liars consider everybody else lies up to them, political operatives (or those that rent them) consider everybody else (together with paid bloggers) is a political operative. Brodeur want to keep watch over the working house, believing that any blogger who writes articles like the only simply quoted will have to be a paid operative if she or he is paid in any respect.

And the way did the ghost candidate strip votes from the Democrat challenger?

… “ghost” candidate Jestine Iannotti, who had deceptive mailers despatched out on her behalf that used a inventory photograph of a Black lady, took 5,787 votes.

She wasn’t Black in any respect, however bet who maximum Black electorate nonetheless vote for by means of and in massive? Black individuals who sound like modern Democrats.

Jestine’s mug shot looks as if she must be in the back of bars.


Babyface Fats Boy, Foglesong, looks as if he may just sing like a jailbird, too. (Guy, I’m racking up an editorial about a wide variety of Florida politicians in a single fell swoop, nevertheless it’s now not exhausting to seek out them in that swamp of a state.)

Wanna know what’s sizzling in Florida? How in regards to the politics? On no account one of the most politicians, even though. Now not so sizzling taking a look, to make use of Trump’s downgrading means since he’s a Florida flesh presser … even though now not part of this anti-constitutional stew that I do know of.

No marvel Jestine didn’t need her photograph used. About as non-Black as you get! Most likely additionally as modern as a door forestall. However Brodeur turns out to assume the chortle used to be on any person who idea the photograph utilized in Iannotti’s crusade brochure used to be meant to be the real candidate! Sly. Ha ha.

Oh, so humorous! It appears, alternatively, some jurors felt another way:

The Seminole County Republican celebration chairman on the middle of a “ghost candidate” investigation used to be discovered responsible by means of a jury Thursday afternoon.


Smartly, dangle it; what they actually hung the Republican Birthday party chair on used to be an criminal means extra comparable to the usage of RICO Act tax-evasion fees towards drug smugglers:

Right through remaining arguments Thursday morning, prosecutors informed jurors that Paris conspired with District 9 Senate candidate Jestine Iannotti and political guide Eric Foglesong to illegally use the title of someone else to make a crusade contribution to Iannotti’s crusade.

If you’ll be able to’t get the slimy ones for the usage of a pleasing image of black girl generically on a crusade flyer as a result of you can’t turn out their intent used to be to fraudulently deceive electorate to consider the image used to be the real candidate, then cross after them for crusade finance breaches. (If you happen to paid shut consideration, the flyer confirmed the Black lady speaking at the telephone and mentioned, “Hi, Jestine!” So, Jestine used to be supposedly at the different finish of the road. However … severely? Simplest slime canine would argue that the general public are now not going to peer the one face — one taking over a 3rd of the flyer — as being the candidate.

Regardless, Jestine wasn’t even a valid candidate in that she did 0 campaigning, however used to be put as much as the task in keeping with a large number of information articles written about her. As I mentioned, Florida politicians are a swamp of blood-sucking mosquitos and alligators. (Gee, didn’t George Santos hale from there, too, previous to New York? They’re all beginning to appear to be a number of Floridian placing chads.) It’s no marvel Florida Republicans wish to know up to they may be able to about any person independently writing about them. It’s exhausting to keep watch over what the other press writes about you for those who don’t learn about it.

Whilst Brodeur claims he knew not anything in regards to the faked-up crusade and has now not been charged with the fakery, it does appear transparent it helped him win by means of a narrow margin. (Brodeur gained the 2020 race with simply 50.3% of the vote) So, possibly the state must examine a bit of extra the place Bordeur’s money is going. Did he figuratively get dressed in drag by means of working pretend feminine fighters whilst additionally growing a faux candidate in implied Blackface, as lots of the articles in Florida papers point out?

Possibly now not, however his mates certain were given taken down, and one in all them attempted to take him down with them; so, you’ll be able to see why he’d wish to know what everybody within the media is writing about him … together with what I’m writing about him at this time. If each flesh presser is known as within the registration in conjunction with the newsletter that paid for the item, it’s more straightforward for politicians to have workforce chase down the entire articles written about them. Then they may be able to canine the writers and take a look at to counter the articles … or sue beneath DeSantis’ new defamation rules which are concurrently being regarded as.

Benjamin Paris — the primary of 3 other people charged in reference to the sprawling “ghost candidate” scheme to lend a hand get state Sen. Jason Brodeur elected in 2020 — used to be discovered responsible after a two-day trial in Seminole County Thursday….

Paris wasn’t chair of of the Seminole County GOP on the time. On the other hand, he used to be a former Longwood mayor and vp of operations on the Seminole County Chamber of Trade, the place Brodeur is CEO.

The Dayton Seaside Information-Magazine

And this is the only out of the 3 who attempted to take Brodeur down with them:

Disgraced former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg is leveling new allegations towards Republican state Senator Jason Brodeur.

Greenberg will quickly be sentenced for intercourse trafficking, fraud and stalking, however now he’s chatting with investigators and alleging Brodeur used to be at once enthusiastic about a plot to run a bogus candidate, often referred to as a ghost candidate, in Brodeur’s 2020 state senate race.


Greenburg, additionally a Republican, mentioned he used to be provide at a dialog with Brodeur in regards to the 1/3 (“ghost”) candidate’s crusade. In reality, he mentioned he used to be steadily provide with Brodeur, Paris, Foglesong and others to speak about political technique and that Brodeur completely had first-hand wisdom that the plan used to be to run a third-party candidate in his race.

Greenberg is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1. Foglesong and Iannotti are due in courtroom subsequent month.

What a swamp this Florida position is! Thus, it didn’t finish with only one pretend contributor fee once they have been not able to nail down a faux competitor fee …

Fogelsong and Iannotti are going through legal fees of skirting Florida election legislation by means of falsely the usage of the names of alternative people as members in respectable crusade finance paperwork.


Ah, such is the Florida swamp on a steamy day. You get those swamp rats on what you’ll be able to with a slap at the hand for manipulating the general public electorate (most likely not up to they were given paid for his or her operative paintings for many who care about who’s paying whom):

Paris’ protection lawyer claimed the state didn’t turn out the place the money got here from, and that there used to be no evidence that Paris donated the money.

The jury returned a responsible verdict in a while after 1:45 p.m.

A pass judgement on sentenced Paris to twelve months of supervised probation and $42,000 in restitution for the price of the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement’s investigation.


However how may just you now not agree with a Republican Birthday party respectable with a face like this:

Seminole County GOP Chair and ex-Longwood mayor Ben Paris.

Seminole County GOP Chair Ben Paris used to be discovered responsible [but only of the illegal donations] for his section in a scheme to run a modern ghost candidate to siphon votes from a Democratic applicants in a 2020 state Senate race.

Paris enlisted the assistance of political newbie Jestine Iannotti, portray her platform as that of a modern impartial. Iannotti did 0 campaigning, however advertisements positioned by means of GOP operatives positioned her crusade to the left of all pageant in a bid to siphon off votes from Democrats.

Orlando Weekly

Now not simply “pretend information,” however pretend applicants!

Once more, you’ll be able to see why those guys want to stay an in depth eye on who’s writing about them. Too unhealthy those swamp rats don’t stay an in depth eye on who’s paying whom to do what in their very own campaigns!

In fact, that used to be simply the highest of the heap. There have been numerous others working the similar recreation:

In line with an arrest affidavit, Artiles, a Republican, orchestrated what Rundle known as a “ghost crusade” to oust the Democratic senator.

“Working a ghost candidate” isn’t against the law, alternatively, Rundle mentioned.

Orlando Weekly

Because of this they’ve to make use of the similar of RICO fees to get them.

“Is it an assault on our democracy? Is it a grimy political trick? Completely,” she mentioned. “What’s against the law is making unlawful crusade contributions to get a candidate to run. … Unfortunately, Frank Artiles knew he may just manipulate Florida’s election device.”

As Republicans faux to be all churned up about censorship on social media, possibly they must get started inside of their very own GOP celebration management down within the Florida swamps. Ask them why they aren’t enraged at one in all their very own — Jason Brodeur — and those different GOP clowns who labored with him?

The Florida GOP monopoly

A state of one-party rule does generally tend to make you heady like this in the way you shield your celebration’s merit.

That is one in all numerous ludicrous and extremely unhealthy items of law which have been filed because the GOP enjoys a supermajority in each Area and Senate for the primary time within the state’s historical past.

The Day by day Beast

Higher guard your rights, or they gained’t guard you.

Listed here are a few ideas to depart you placing with like a chad within the wind:

Scott Wilkens, senior suggest on the Knight First Modification Institute at Columbia College, informed Ars that the “invoice raises severe First Modification issues about unfastened speech on-line. It sort of feels very exhausting to attract a significant difference between paid bloggers who write in regards to the Florida government or legislative branches and reporters who do the similar. The invoice regulates speech about problems with public worry—problems that lie on the middle of the First Modification.”

We additionally were given a observation from Bruce Brown, government director of the Journalists Committee for Freedom of the Press. “When a invoice this it appears that evidently unconstitutional is offered it’s crucial that reporters give an explanation for to the general public why it runs afoul of the First Modification,” Brown mentioned. “Our device of unfastened expression rejected the British custom of licensing printers as a result of we known that it used to be the essence of self-rule to have entire freedom to criticize the general public officers who act in our title.”

The Florida Legislature is one by one bearing in mind proposals that will make it more straightforward for other people to sue media organizations for defamation; those proposals have additionally been criticized for harming freedom of speech. Brodeur filed one of the vital defamation proposals on Monday.

The defamation proposals have been spurred by means of DeSantis, who remaining month held a roundtable dialogue on media defamation and known as at the legislature “to offer protection to Floridians from the life-altering ramifications that defamation from the media could cause for an individual who does now not have the manner or the platform to shield himself.”

Ars Technica

As for Bordeur’s different contemporary legislative proposal,

Brodeur’s invoice SB 1220 and HB 991, filed by means of Rep. Alex Andrade, R-Pensacola, suggest sweeping adjustments to Florida’s libel and defamation legislation. They each would routinely presume data from nameless assets to be false and would save you reporters from shielding the identification of assets if they’re sued….

“If the Area invoice is a horrendous, horrendous invoice, the Senate invoice is [just] a horrendous invoice,” mentioned Bobby Block, government director of the Florida First Modification Basis….

“It affects everyone. It affects mainstream media, it affects new media, it affects conservative media, it affects social media…. It’s nonetheless unconstitutional in response to present case legislation. And it nonetheless empowers the wealthy and robust to principally cross after individuals who say issues they don’t like….”

Below the supply, he mentioned, an individual would be capable to sue for defamation by means of arguing, “‘The whole lot you mentioned is correct, however your purpose is obviously to make me glance unhealthy.’”

It’s all dressed up prettily as protective the little man from big-media defamation, however I believe Jason Boudoir and the opposite Republican politicians dragged out of the Trumpian swamps of Florida are a bit of extra focused on protective THEMSELVES. They, after all, package deal all of this in separate rules so their purpose of having the ability to observe who says what beneath one legislation with the intention to sue the creator beneath the opposite rules for defamation isn’t as in an instant obvious. Suppose there could be a bit of intimidation towards all political writers when the ones two units of legislation come in combination in courtroom?

Subsequent time I write an editorial this severe of Florida politicians — most often a number of Swamp Individuals who make Caribbean pirates appear to be the joys guys — I would possibly want to cross sign in so Boudoir can sue me for associating him with closets utilized by drag queens and calling him names in true Trumpian taste, desanctimoniously and all, since my purpose IS admittedly to make him glance as unhealthy as he’s.

I take it again. They’re the swamp snakes. The Swamp Individuals are the nice guys, and possibly what Florida actually wishes is a bounty on politicians:

There’s snakes all over the place.


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