Statement on audit of Ben Marcus’ nonprofit consulting firm by Joint Legislative Auditing Committee
Committee chaired by Jason Fischer, Marcus’ opponent in race for Florida State House District 16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacalyn Crecelius
Phone: (904) 206-8483
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – March 1, 2020 – “My nonprofit serving consulting firm, Yosher Strategies, was “randomly” selected for audit by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee which is chaired by my opponent in the November election, Jason Fischer. First and foremost, I will comply with the audit quickly and with complete transparency. I am all about ensuring the law is followed and would love to see an expansion to investigate large donations to political committees and potential quid pro quo. I hope it’s the case I was randomly chosen. I really do. If Representative Fischer hand-picked my firm that means he’s using taxpayer dollars and his influence to try and dig up dirt on a political opponent which is obviously highly unethical.
I helped a literacy nonprofit serving Title I schools get a funding request introduced in the Florida House pro bono, so I registered for the last half of last year. I didn't have to because I did the work for free but believe it's always best to live up to the spirit of the law. I let my registration expire and don’t intend to renew it. I had a vision for a nonprofit serving advocacy firm that could help organizations pool resources to be more proactive in outreach to legislators but let that fall to the wayside to focus on the business I operate with my dad and this run for office.
I want to talk about the issues impacting our district and hope Representative Fischer can find himself to a debate this cycle. Our schools are in need of major help, inside and out, flooding is pervasive across the district, and big money special interests run amok in Tallahassee just to name a few. This campaign is about integrity and proper representation and I will call out any attempt to frame me as a charlatan for the funny business it is.”
Ben Marcus is a small business owner and graduate of Jacksonville University. He lives in the Sunbeam area with his wife and three children where they attend Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben believes in the power of community to solve its issues and that legislators should work collaboratively with, not act to subvert, local elected bodies and residents. He doesn’t take money from businesses or PACs, nor does he have a political committee. Ben’s campaign for State House District 16 is focused on proving there is another way to serve in public office, where ethics and collaboration outweigh ideological purity and insular decision making.
Please visit VoteBenMarcus.com for more information about the campaign.