Tuesday, January 04, 2022

NO REPORTERS ALLOWED at State Rep. PAUL RENNER FUNDRAISER: "Top House Republicans to hold fundraiser on Session’s eve" (Florida Politics, January 3, 2022)

Florida House Speaker-Designate (R-St. Johns and Flagler Counties) plans a January 10, 2022 fundraiser at a "No Reporters Allowed" private club the night before the 60-day 2022 legislative session commences. Shall we expect video?. (In 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was video taped by a bartender making his pejorative "47%" remarks to millionaires in West Palm Beach.

Florida House Speaker-Designate PAUL RENNER (R-St. Johns and Flagler Counties), is co-hosting a fundraiser at the "No Reporters Allowed" Governors Club on the eve of the legislative session.  The fundraiser is from 5 to 6:30 pm in the Magnolia Room (invitation in story below).

No reporters allowed.  

Wonder why?

Since it was founded in 1982, Governors Club rules have forbidden reporters in the building. Governors Club rules state no journalists are allowed in the building unless accompanied by a member to hear a speaker, after which the reporter must be escorted off the property. 

The Governor's Club rules prevent effective coverage of money in politics, precluding the kind of investigative reporting that network reporters like Brian Ross, Roger Mudd -- and one of my mentors, the late network news investigative field producer Charles C. Thompson, II -- provided their viewers. 

With cellular telephone video cameras, any one of the attendees at RENNER's Governors Club fundraiser could share the news with us.

PAUL RENNER is a conflicted corporate defense lawyer with NELSON MULLINS, a large corporate law firm.

PAUL RENNER is a part-time legislator who chairs the House Rules Committee, PAUL RENNER was defeated for a Jacksonville legislative seat, only to move to Palm. Coast and win a special election in 2015, like an alien implant from corporate America. 

I wrote about the Governor's Club, this secretive lobbyist lair and corporate oligopolist den of iniquity, back in 2017:

Friday, April 28, 2017


From Florida Politics:

Top House Republicans to hold fundraiser on Session’s eve

By Drew Wilson

January 3, 2022

House Speaker Chris Sprowls, Speaker-designate Paul Renner, Rep. Danny Perez and Rep. Sam Garrison will host the Jan. 10 event.

House Speaker Chris Sprowls and the three Republicans in line to succeed him will be raising money for the House GOP fundraising arm on the eve of the 2022 Legislative Session.

Sprowls will be joined by House Speaker-designate Paul Renner, Rep. Danny Perezand Rep. Sam Garrison at the Governors Club, 202 S. Adams St., at 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 for a fundraiser benefiting House Majority.

Renner, a Palm Coast Republican and the Chair of the powerful rules committee, is set to take over as House Speaker after the 2022 election. Perez, a Miami Republican, and Garrison, a Fleming Island Republican, are in line to become Speaker in 2024 and 2026, respectively.

They will only become House Speakers, however, if Republicans hold on to a majority in the state House. The party currently has a 78-42 advantage over the Democrats. Though reapportionment may narrow the gap, the GOP is expected to maintain firm control of the chamber after the November elections.

The fundraiser comes a day ahead of the start of the 2022 Legislative Session, which runs from Jan. 11 through March 11. While the Legislature is in Session, sitting lawmakers are barred from fundraising, both for their own campaign accounts and for political committees.

The invitation lists the fundraising beneficiary as the Republican Party of Florida. The party committee, which reports fundraising totals quarterly, had about $20.2 million in the bank at the end of March. The total includes $3.5 million raised and $3.2 million spent in the third quarter. Party committee reports for the fourth quarter of 2021 are due on Jan. 10.

Those interested in attending can get more information on the event or RSVP with an email to Kevin Reilly at KReilly@RPOF.org.

The invitation is below.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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