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May 25, 2024

“IL. Reporter” Lied To Sanford, FL. Mayor –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On September 26, 2021

Sanford, FL. (ECWd) –

When our sister organization published its intention of conducting a four-hour watchdog training session in Sanford, Florida, a disgruntled self-proclaimed “reporter” wrote to the Mayor of Sanford, Florida, and lied about us in what appears to be an attempt at getting the training session canceled.

It didn’t work out for her.

Here is part of what Bonnie lied about:

  • lied about us being an antigovernment hate group
  • lied about us being very dangerous and not training watchdogs
  • lied about us training insurgents that will destroy your government
  • lied about us weaponizing FOIA to sue for millions, shake people down for money, and going after elected official’s families, friends, businesses, etc.
  • pointed to the fake website she has published to continue lying about us

Understandably, the Mayor took her letter and forwarded it to the City of Sanford Police Department, who had a crime analyst look into it and came up with this response:

In reference to the event that is mentioned below, both myself and CA Crystal Mercado looked into it. From what we were able to find, there does not appear to be any intel found regarding issues with the Edgar County Watchdogs. The group is spearheaded by two men, John Kraft and Kirk Allen. The group appears to focus on holding governments and officials accountable, as well as teaching others to do the same. They utilize their knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act, open records, and meeting laws.

As for the person, Bonnie Kurowski-Alicea, that sent the email to our mayor, she has sent the same type of
emails/letters to other officials elsewhere. She ran for mayor of Bolinbrook, IL in 2009 and lost. She filed a Federal lawsuit against Bolinbrook in March 2010, which was dismissed in September 2010. A recent candidate for DuPage Township supervisor alleges that Kurowski started a smear campaign against her. Kurowski shows as living in Clermont, with multiple businesses listed in Sunbiz {IL Reporter LLC, Fight for IL INC, and Project Change Consultants LLC). Even though she lives in Clermont, she is rather involved with what is going on in IL, even creating a Go Fund Me last month “Raising Money to Protect Illinois Democracy.””

We knew about this complaint prior to conducting our training (which is why we sent a FOIA request for it), and knew nothing would come of it, because Truth will always prevail despite these false allegations lodged against us.

For more tin-foil-hat-conspiracy false claims, feel free to read the Clermont Police Report that was attached to the Sanford, FL. Crime Analyst’s email (HERE).

Read all the email exchanges below:

Bonnie Lied To Sanford FL Mayor_Redacted


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  • Dave
    Posted at 09:56h, 26 September Reply

    Bone-head Bonnie must fear a focus on holding governments and officials accountable, as well as teaching others to do the same.

    The only people who fear the truth & don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide. :

  • Roger
    Posted at 10:31h, 26 September Reply

    She raised a total of $70 in 2 donations from “anonymous”. This was 5 months ago when she started the $100,000.00 gofundme. effort… nothing since.

    Priming the pump didn’t help.

  • ml
    Posted at 11:14h, 26 September Reply

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