Campaign consultants are always first to tell their newly-minted clients or prospective clients to run a full background check on themselves if they are seriously planning on running for elected office.
Once a full background check is conducted, consultants can start working on how to develop a spin for any and all negative marks that come up during the investigation.
But even though most bad marks, financial or other, can be spun in someone’s favor, some cannot.
Raquel Regalado, who is the daughter of current City of Miami Mayor, Tomas Regalado, has a history of being involved in questionable financial dealings, some of which occurred during the time she was campaign treasurer for her father’s Mayoral race in 2009.
In 2011, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) launched an investigation into Tomas Regalado’s mayoral campaign, where Raquel Regalado served as treasurer, for potentially illegal contributions made in 2009. Raquel Regalado told El Nuevo Herald, that the apparently illegal campaign contributions coming from the Dominican Republic were a simple “oversight” and minimized the illegality of these transactions by claiming the campaign received hundreds of checks for smaller amounts
There was another investigation on the same campaign for campaign-reporting irregularities on a $40,000 increase in total contributions reported on an amended treasurer’s report filed after the campaign. In response to the investigation, Raquel Regalado told The Miami Herald that she believed “the discrepancy could be due to bookkeeping or accounting errors.”
Both Tomas Regalado (recently appeared on the HBO Show “Ballers”) and Raquel Regalado, agreed to pay fines and penalties of $5,000 each for their part in the bookkeeping.
To make things worse, in September 2011, law enforcement officials investigated campaign finance violations by both City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and campaign treasurer Raquel Regalado, revealing that criminal campaign violations that included forging campaign financial reports, were made. A forensic auditor ultimately outlined six violations of Chapter 106 of the Florida Statutes dealing with Campaign Financing, involving the Regalados.
But if things couldn’t get any worse for Regalado.
The Miami Herald reported that back in August 2011, Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado was nine months late in filing her final campaign finance report, leading to a $3,526 fine being accessed against her.
Regalado told the Herald that she had sent in the $3,526 fine payable to the Board of County Commissioners to “close the matter”
Will Regalados past campaign behavior be an indicator of how she will manage Miami-Dade County’s finances, if she is elected Mayor?
Regalado is challenging Miami-Dade Country Mayor Carlos Gimenez in next month’s Republican mayoral primary race.