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Stop Benefits sent out fliers attacking Sheri Treadwell.

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Untraceable: Who sends all those political mailers?

| 11/28/2016

A little after 9 in the morning on a Wednesday in late July, a batch of documents was delivered to the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee. The paperwork announced the establishment of a new political committee with a provocative name: Stop Benefits to Illegals NOW!

There weren’t many clues to the group’s intentions. The chairman, treasurer and registered agent were all identified as Carlie Knight, a name that had never surfaced in any of the state’s campaign finance databases. Calls and email from reporters to the addresses listed for Knight were not returned. The address for the group was one linked to an office-rental company in a strip mall in Cape Coral, where the neighbors included a nail salon and a masseuse.

The use of committees has exploded over the past few election cycles thanks largely to laws that allows them to raise unlimited amounts from donors and to coordinate their activities with campaigns.

ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Joe Gruters; Sheri Treadwell; Brett Doster

 

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