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BSO Spent Big On Bleed Control Kits From Sheriff’s Ex-Company, Then His PAC Got A Contribution From Kit Vendor

Bleed Control Kit (Image: BSO PIO)

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has paid out as much as $750,000 to buy bleeding control kits from a South Carolina company that Sheriff Gregory Tony did business with before he became sheriff, and where he worked as an executive for more than a year.

Last July, two weeks after BSO issued a purchase order for the kits, the CEO and founder of winning bidder North American Rescue LLC funneled $5,000 to Tony’s political action committee.

The contribution was originally listed in Broward Supervisor of Elections records under the CEO’s name, but in what looked to be an effort to disguise the source of the contribution, the committee quickly deleted his name and changed its report to show that the contribution came from a company at the same South Carolina address.  A campaign spokeswoman, however, said the change was made simply to fix an internal accounting error.

Since becoming sheriff in January 2019, Tony has concealed his former job as director of Community Development for North American Rescue in 2016-2017. He hasn’t mentioned it when his job history was discussed, and he deleted mention of it from his LinkedIn profile.

Tony did not respond to a written request for comment submitted Sunday.

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org, Special to SouthFloridaReporter.com, May 12, 2020