In A Bucket Of Hurt: The Pain Doctors And Gov. Rick Perry

Now why do you suppose a couple of Florida chiropractors would illegally reimburse employees and relatives for making donations to Rick Perry's presidential campaign?

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Here’s how the story goes:

There’s two brothers named Kemel and Mark Cereceda who run a pain clinic in Hialeah, Florida.  They wanted to influence legislation to keep their chiropractic pain relief clinic in the business of  making a boatload of money.

Now in Florida, an individual or company can only donate $500 to each candidate. So the Cereceda brothers set up straw men to funnel money into their favorite politicians’ campaigns. They used family members and employees to donate to politicians to the tune of $25,000.

They got the investigation of the illegal campaign donations rolling when a district court judge in Florida used her official court letterhead to get their lapsed chiropractic license reinstated.  It was discovered that she had accepted money from the Cerecedas and then the investigation of other illegal activity took root. (They were also involved with some hanky-panky with Marco Rubio some years ago.)

The Cerecedas have now been charged and arrested in Florida for screwing with elections:

A politically active Hialeah pain clinic owner surrendered Friday on allegations that he engineered illegal campaign contributions to candidates across the state.

Investigators believe chiropractor Mark Cereceda — who once lobbied lawmakers to keep intact Florida’s personal injury protection law — made clinic employees donate to candidates, then reimbursed the workers in cash and checks.

Cereceda’s brother, Kemel Cereceda, also was charged with a felony and one misdemeanor relating to illegal contributions. Charges also were brought against Mark Cereceda’s clinic, Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, which specializes in treating traffic accident victims.

Now, if you’re wondering why I’m telling you a big long story about election fraud in Florida when I live in Texas, it’s because I’m fixing to bring this story to Texas.  And it’s in a bag with Rick Perry’s name on it.

Now, I have no idea why this has skipped the investigation but it appears likely that Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign also benefited from illegal donations from the Cerecedas.

CERECEDA, KEMEL A
CORAL GABLES,FL 33146   DISABLED       
9/16/11 $2,500  Perry, Rick (R)

That’s perfectly legal, but what leads me to think that was some cahooting going on is that on that very same day a whole bunch of other folks from Florida also donated to Rick Perry but their occupation and employer information was conveniently omitted.  You know, same people, same crime, same big bucks as in Florida.  Take a look —

RUIZ, JUANA M MS
CORAL GABLES,FL 33134          
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

ALVAREZ, PEDRO MR
MIAMI, FL 33165         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

BELL, RENE MRS
TAMPA,FL 33629         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

CALEVOSO, ROSANA MRS
CORAL SPRINGS,FL 33065         
9/16/11 $500
Perry, Rick (R

CAMPOS, ANITZA C
MIAMI, FL 33165         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

COETZEE, RUCHEL
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33316        
9/16/11 $1,250
Perry, Rick (R)

MONKARSH, MARK MR
TAMPA, FL 33607         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

RIUS, ANA MS
MIAMI, FL 33183         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)


RIUS, RALPH MR
MIAMI, FL 33183         
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

RUIZ, JUANA M MS
CORAL GABLES, FL 33134          
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

SCUNZIANO-SING, MARIA MRS
SPRING HILL,FL 34607           
9/16/11 $2,500
Perry, Rick (R)

If Rick Perry had exercised the due diligence to find these people’s occupations and employers like he was supposed to, he would have found this cahooting. On the other hand, Rick Perry is awfully dumb. The only reason he can find his shoes is that there’s only two of them.

One of the many reasons that the FEC asks for the occupation and employer is to keep straw men from making donations. Shame on Rick Perry. Thelma says you don’t have to pull a fast one on Rick because you can pull a slow one.

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