I got embattled Broward Teachers Union president Pat Santeramo on the phone Wednesday, but he wouldn't fall for my Bob Costas act. The normally talkative Santeramo declined comment on two state investigations into his handling of union money, or a damning internal audit that found he blew through $3.8 million in reserves and may have improperly used dues to reimburse people for political contributions.
The scandal is heating up -- and that means a lot of people are lawyering up.And it's political contributions that are at the heart of the scandal targeting the Broward Teachers Union and its president Pat Santeramo.
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One School Board member opened a campaign against another Friday.Katie Leach filed papers to run for the Fort Lauderdale-based seat now held by member Maureen Dinnen.
DAVIEVice Mayor Caryl Hattan has been swept up in the scandal surrounding the Broward Teachers Union and its beleaguered president, Pat Santeramo.Santeramo has been accused of using union dues to reimburse 26 union staffers and their relatives for about $20,000 in campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton and failed gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.Hattan, a top union leader, was among the 26 reimbursed for making campaign contributions.
While criminally investigated Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo was representing educators in attempts to get small raises on their modest pay, he was living an opulent life on their dime.
Embattled Broward Teachers Union President Pat Santeramo often ran the 11,000-strong BTU in secretive fashion -- and some of the exorbitant amounts he paid to contractors remain shrouded in suspicion.