“I don’t hide what I do. My company is registered,” she said. “The county didn’t ask me to disclose if I did political campaigns.”
The county does not require the disclosure, according to a Miami-Dade spokeswoman.
“When a community-based organization applies for funding from the county, we look at the organization’s mission and the programs and services it provides, among other criteria,” county spokeswoman Suzy Trutie wrote in an email. “We do not ask the organization about the personal or other interests of its staff or leadership.”
Leading up to the August elections, Paul reached out to absentee-ballot holders on Haitian radio.
“When you receive those absentee ballots at home, don’t let anyone take them,” she told listeners in one ad in Creole. “You must consult with someone you trust, or consult Teacher Carline. She’ll help you understand what’s on the ballot in order to vote correctly.”
In another radio spot, she asked: “Will you accept that you need help to vote just as you accepted you needed help to pass the citizenship test?”
Paul said her ads are meant to encourage people to learn about voting from someone they trust because, she says, ballot brokers are known to go into the homes of some of her listeners and take their ballots.
“All I’m doing is informing the community,” she said.
Paul initially said the nonprofit organization and her consulting business have nothing to do with one another.
“I do separate the two. I have my own life, and I have my own beliefs politically,” she said.
But she later acknowledged that she had used her nonprofit in the past to promote Julien’s campaign when he was running for a seat on the North Miami Beach City Council.
She said she even helps out candidates who don’t hire her, sometimes arranging for HAYOT kids to work as volunteers.
A review of the District 107 and 108 absentee ballot lists, which include swaths of Northeast Miami-Dade and Little Haiti, show that Paul’s personal email or her nonprofit’s email address appears eight times next to the names of people who requested absentee ballots.
“Some people came to my office and they needed help because they didn’t have an email address. I let them use mine,” she said.
Paul denies that she has ever filled out an absentee-ballot request form for anyone. But voter Guy Avril said Paul did just that for him.
“I called Teacher Carline and I gave her all of my information to get the form. I didn’t fill it out,” Avril said.
He said that when he receives his absentee ballot for the November election, he intends to go to Paul to have her fill it out.
“I have mine and my wife’s for her to fill. She takes appointments to fill it out,” he said.
Avril, who listens to Paul on Haitian radio, said it is well known in the Haitian community that this is the one of the services she offers.
“It’s what she does,’” he said. “You either go to her house or she goes to your house.”
Miami Herald Staff Writer Toluse Olorunnipa contributed to this report.