EXCLUSIVE: California Records Reveal FL GOP Candidate Committed Fraud During Qualification For Congressional Run

Jennifer Barbosa, a self-professed “Trump Supporter”, was a longtime California/Hollywood resident who appears to have illegally filed campaign paperwork to run as a Republican against Never Trumper Laurel Lee in Florida’s 15th congressional district.

By Jacob Engels

Voters in Florida’s 15th congressional district have a choice in a few months during the GOP primary to decide who they want as the Republican Party’s nominee this November.

The seat, which is solidly in the GOP’s column, is also a contest that President Donald J. Trump has asked for “Great MAGA Republicans” to run against Lee, who has a failing grade when it comes to upholding the Constitution and was infamously the only member of the Florida congressional delegation to endorse Governor Ron DeSantis over President Trump in the 2024 GOP primary election.

“Any great MAGA Republicans looking to run against Laurel Lee in Florida’s 15th Congressional District? IF SO, PLEASE STEP FORWARD!” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Barbosa filed and qualified as a candidate against former Florida Secretary of State turned incumbent Laurel Lee earlier this year, according to state Division of Elections documents. Likewise, small business owner, lifelong Florida resident, and Iraq War veteran James Judge is also running and will appear alongside Lee and Barbosa during the August GOP primary contest.

While Ms. Barbosa’s campaign website frames her as a tried-and-true lifelong, or died in the wool Floridian, the Central Florida Post has uncovered that she spent decades in liberal California, most specifically in the Hollywood area, which is of course well known for the promotion of horrific gender reassignment surgeries of minors, porn books being provided to children in public schools, sexualizing children, demonizing the America First movement and relentlessly savaging President Trump, his supporters, and his family.

Barbosa, who ran against progressive psychopath Congressman Adam Schiff as an Independent (not on the GOP ticket in 2020, but as an Independent), garnered less than 6% in the open primary, getting bested by progressive transgender activist Maebe A. Girl.

For outside observers or any Floridian dedicated to liberty and freedom, we can appreciate her trying to take on Congressman Adam Schiff, but also have to recognize that anyone running to the center of Adam Schiff as an Independent is still about 13 shades too liberal or progressive to hold the GOP’s banner in a Florida Republican primary in 2024.

What makes matters worse for Barbosa is the fact that it appears she violated Florida elections laws when she filed her candidate oath form for United States Congress a few months ago. According to documents from the Florida Division of Elections, Barbosa filed as a GOP candidate on April 25th of 2024.

Florida law requires that an individual running for office has to be a registered member of the party’s nomination they seek to be elected for at least the 365 days prior to their filing, according to Florida Statute 99.021. Unfortunately for Ms. Barbosa, she changed her voter registration to the Republican Party in March of this year, which would make her candidate oath form a fraudulent statement submitted to the Florida’s Secretary of State, which if found guilty, would be a third-degree felony.

According to Hillsborough County GOP Chairwoman Carmen Edwards, the local GOP Executive Committee is aware of Ms. Barbosa’s alleged troubles, is conducting an internal investigation, and told the Central Florida Post that if the reports are true, that it would give Democrats an avenue to attack the GOP nominee, if Barbosa somehow secured the primary victory.

Further research conducted by the Central Florida Post confirmed that Barbosa communicates to potential voters through statements on her own campaign website and in- person that she is a longtime resident of the Sunshine State. However, that is simply not the case.

According to documents provided by the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Barbosa was in-fact registered as an independent in the left-state of California for decades, before mounting her most recent bid for United States Congress in the Free State of Florida.

This is an obvious concern for those wishing to depose Lee from the United States Congress, after she accepted hundreds of thousands of “Zuckerbucks” from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg for “election security.” Yes, you read that correctly, Lee took a grant from Zuckerberg for “election security” and also refused a routine audit of the Florida election results from top down in 2020.

Conservative activist and intrepid investigative journalist Laura Loomer, exposed Lee’s partnership with Zuckerberg, which was also subsequently reported by Florida’s Voice. Voters in the GOP primary, according to dozens of local activists, have expressed concern over Barbosa’s recent “arrival” in Florida, her obvious lies about living in Florida for the past several years and potential charges Barbosa could face for violating Florida election laws.

This is an ongoing story and efforts to obtain comment from Ms. Barbosa have thus far gone unreturned. We will update the story if we receive any responses.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, Infowars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine, LauraLoomer.US, and The Gateway Pundit. 

Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and special interests in the state of Florida and beyond.