Operatives supporting Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca appear in advertisements for his campaign as average residents of District 4. However, these operatives are never identified as members of LaMarca’s social media team. REDBROWARD has identified these individuals as Jonathan Brownfield, CEO of Lift Social Media and Lyndsi Stafford of E-Marketing.
Brownfield appeared in a paid Facebook advertisement for Chip LaMarca. Brownfield is pictured holding a Chip LaMarca bumper stick outside Lift Social Media offices in Fort Lauderdale. The accompanying text reads, “I support Chip LaMarca for Broward County Commissioner because Chip supports small businesses and economic growth in Broward.” Brownfield is never identified as a campaign team member.
When reached for comment, Brownfield declined to identify his role with the LaMarca campaign. “I am a supporter,” Brownfield told REDBROWARD. He refused to answer questions about working for the LaMarca campaign or an electioneering committee. Brownfield and Lyndsi Stafford attended a recent LaMarca debate in Oakland Park.
Another Facebook advertisement features Lyndsi Stafford. This ad features a smiling Stafford holding a LaMarca yard sign. The text reads, “Show your support for Chip! Post a selfie with your Chip sign or bumper sticker in comment below. Local Coral Ridge resident takes a selfie with her Chip sign.” Stafford is never identified as a local Coral Ridge resident involved in Chip’s social media campaign.
This is not the first time Stafford interjected herself into LaMarca’s social media. During a September 28th televised debate with LaMarca, his opponent, former Mayor Ken Keechl scored points attacking Chip’s lack of action on beach issues. Keechl said LaMarca had use tourism taxes to purchase a $4.2 million scoreboard for the Florida Panthers instead of focusing on beach renourishment.
Minutes later, Stafford took to Twitter to defend LaMarca. She wrote, “As a district 4 resident, @ChipLaMarca is doing a tremendous job on beach renourishment, Port Everglades and Broward employment.” Stafford never mentioned her ties to the LaMarca campaign.
Local political insiders believe Brownfield and Stafford operate the @ElectChip twitter account. Last week, REDBROWARD reported this account sent a supportive message to TNTwetters, a progessive hispanic group supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.
LaMarca campaign records filed with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office do not show any payments to Lift Social Media, Brownfield or Stafford. It is possible a political committee supporting LaMarca is footing the bill. BrowardBeat.com reported LaMarca’s “political guru” David DiPietro is funding political committees to help LaMarca. “A Better Florida is an ECO (Electioneering Communications Organization) set up to support Chip LaMarca. Families For Lower Taxes was putting together an ad that we felt benefitted Chip,” DiPietro candidly explained.
Lift Social Media’s website indicates the firm has worked for the Florida Panthers and Charter Schools USA (CSUSA). Both businesses are strong supporters of LaMarca. Brownfield and Stafford posted numerous pictures from recent CSUSA conventions. Ed Pozzuoli, a strong LaMarca ally, has ties to Charter Schools USA. Pozzuoli’s law firm, Tripp Scott, has a lucrative lobbying contract with the Broward County Commission. The Florida Panthers are seeking a multi-million dollar bailout from Broward taxpayers.
LaMarca faces Keechl on the November ballot.