#Breaking: Gimenez Simmering Bromance with Donald Trump now Smoldering ...

Carlos Gimenez' on going personal relationship with Donald Trump heats up again this week with a hush-hush private fundraiser 10/18/16 hosted by non-only than Mayor Phil Levine, Alex Heckler and Ricky Arriola.  

How, can this mean that Gimenez' Simmering Bromance with Donald Trump is "Smoldering" -- you might ask? 

Does the bromance extend beyond being Republicans, golfing together, sweat-heart no-bid privatization of the County's Crandon golf course, and Carlos Gimenez, Jr lobbying for Donald Trump's business interest in Miami-Dade County? 

Well its because Gimenez' secret dark money operation is run by this handsome lad -- the one and only -- Jim Murphy: the national political director for Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential Campaign.

The Miami Herald's ace County reporter Doug Hanks broke the original story -- In Miami-Dade mayoral race, a pitch for secrecy to some donors ... here are the highlights: 
Former Miami City manager Joe Arriola is raising money to reelect Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and pitching donors on a nonprofit that will keep their contributions a secret. 

In a recent email to prospective donors titled “We must reelect Mayor Gimenez,” Arriola asked for support of a tax-exempt organization called the Business Action League. “Donors to Business Action League are not publicly disclosed; there are no limits; and both individual and business contributions are permitted,” he wrote.

Arriola’s role attaches a high-profile figure to a group that has operated in the periphery of the 2016 mayoral race as Gimenez tries to fend off a challenge from two-term school board member Regalado and five lesser-known rivals. In an interview, Arriola said he’s raising money to promote a “different view about what the race is all about.”

“I want to talk about the business side” of the mayoral contest, he said.

The Business Action League, which sponsored pro-Gimenez ads last summer, is organized as a 501c4, the kind of nonprofit reserved for influencing public policy. It can run advertising that skirts the line of endorsing candidates (the Business Action League ran newspaper ads last summer “thanking” Gimenez without urging anyone to vote for him), but can’t be involved once a campaign officially begins roughly 90 days before Election Day.

... Business Action League lists as the top director Jim Murphy, a Washington-based political consultant who worked for the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. Murphy could not be reached Monday for comment.
Gimenez is already dominating the fundraising battle for the 2016 race, with about $2.7 million to spend from his campaign and the political committee he’s raising money for, Miami-Dade Residents First. Regalado’s campaign and Serving Miamians has about $325,000 to spend, according to the latest reports. While those entities file public reports every month, a 501c4 is only required to disclose broad financial activity in its annual tax returns, which become public documents.
Arriola was city manager in 2004 when the city approved a settlement over an ill-conceived “fire fee” case that wound up excluding most taxpayers from a refund in favor of a $7 million payout to seven plaintiffs and their lawyers. The deal was overturned in a series of court decisions, and Arriola said he was misled by plaintiff lawyers into thinking the money would go citywide.

He left the city in 2006, and Arriola now serves as chairman of the county’s Public Health Trust, which oversees the county-funded Jackson hospital system. He also is a director of Perry Ellis, the Doral-based clothing retailer.

Arriola helped Perry Ellis in its pursuit of a no-bid retail lease at Miami International Airport last year, MIA director Emilio González said Monday. González said he met with Arriola and George Feldenkreis, then the CEO of Perry Ellis, at the airport as the company was looking for space last year. “We spoke a couple of times. He visited maybe once or twice,” González said of Arriola. “That’s about it. This was strictly a business deal.”

Perry Ellis and a Cuban restaurant owned by Emilio and Gloria Estefan secured no-bid leases from MIA under an airport initiative targeting local brands. The no-bid agreements later came under fire from black county commissioners questioning why black-owned businesses in Miami didn’t get similar treatment.

In the April 10 email obtained by the Miami Herald, Arriola forwards an email from him sent March 9 and tells the recipients to “expect my call regarding this subject.” The March 9 message said he has decided to “head up an effort to help ensure Miami-Dade County continues to benefit from the pro-growth, pro-business policies that are being advocated by Mayor Gimenez.”

In his interview, Arriola said the Business Action League will not disclose donors. “A lot of business people don’t want their names used,” he said. “They don’t want their names exposed out there.”
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