BY BUDDY NEVINS
When Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Anne Scherer asks Doug and Linda Von Allmen for a $500 contribution to her campaign, its like asking you and me for a penny.
Doug and Linda Von Allmen
That kind of money means little to the Von Allmens, since he is worth several hundred million dollars. A beauty supply firm named Beauty Alliance, just one of the 50 or so businesses he has purchased, was sold for $400 million in 2007.
So the Von Allmens are doing something only the successful venture capitalist and his wife Linda can do. Invite Scherer to raise money at their six bedroom, 11 bath, 18,000-plus square feet estate on the Intracoastal Waterway in east Fort Lauderdale.
With the Von Allmens as hosts, expect Rolls and Bentleys to clog the streets.
Von Allmen has reasons for helping out Scherer – more than $100 million of them.
That’s the amount he lost in crooked lawyer Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme. Daddy Scherer – legal gunslinger Bill Scherer — won a $170 million settlement from TD Bank for Von Allmen and others who had money stolen by Rothstein.
Bill Scherer got a fee of $50 million, according to the South Florida Business Journal.
In addition to his law practice, Bill Scherer is a Republican activist and an acquaintance of Rick Scott from before he was governor.
Judge Scherer, 37, was a prosecutor from 2001 until her appointment by Scott in December 2012.
She is currently unopposed.
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