Records from the Federal Elections Commission show former BREC secretary Michael George De Gruccio was paid $4,500 from the Broward GOP Federal PAC. Like the committeemen and women of Broward, board members are unpaid volunteer grassroots activists. No other board members of the Broward Republican Executive Committee received payments from this political action committee.
The Federal PAC (ID# C00502823) reports show De Gruccio received fifteen payments of $300 each. The first payment appears on July 30, 2012. The last one was made on November 5, 2012. One payment from September 3, 2012 shows an amount for $0; One would assume it to be a clerical error. The payments were made for “consulting.”
De Gruccio was party secretary until January 2013. New Broward GOP Chairman Rico Petrocelli has created a new position for De Gruccio, “Director of Party Development.” Sources say even though De Gruccio has an office in the new BREC headquarters the duties of this new positions remain vague and undefined.
A review of financial reports of BREC’s local PAC shows more than $2,200 in payments to De Gruccio dating back to 2008. On May 27, 2008 he received $350 for “postage and delivery”. On September 29, 2008 De Gruccio was paid $216 for “postage and delivery”. He received $328.28 on November 2, 2008 for “printer, ink, etc.”
De Gruccio was paid $240.63 on December 16, 2010 for “office supplies”. On February 28, 2011 he received $262.58 for “supplies for Lincoln Day.” On March 24, 2011 he was paid $503.37 for “supplies for Lincoln Day”. On May 27, 2011 a “Lincoln Day reimbursement” of $300 was made to Michael De Gruccio.
Wow, what a Lincoln Day!
On August 28 of this year, Michael De Gruccio was reimbursed $45.55 for food for BREC volunteers. On that same day, George De Gruccio was reimbursed $25.01 of “office remodeling”.
These payments are perfectly legal, but what message does it send to BREC’s donors and volunteers?
Why did De Gruccio receive these payments? What type of consulting did he provide?
Why did the payments continue even after De Gruccio openly defied the party’s official of a Broward School Board candidate?
Shouldn’t the money in the Federal PAC gone to Broward’s Federal candidates instead of the party secretary?
Perhaps the rest of BREC’s volunteer army should start saving receipts and invoices?
Also of note, De Gruccio is a close ally of Sheela Venereo Van Hoose, the Governor Rick Scott staffer behind the cyber censoring of RED BROWARD. De Gruccio and Rico Petrocelli attended Van Hoose’s recent Christmas party, held just weeks before the questionable maneuver to get Van Hoose placed on an RPOF committee. RPOF bylaws clearly state any nominee must be a member of that county’s Republican Executive Commitee.
(ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 9, 2013 on RedBroward dot com)