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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Does WV Gov Tomblin Have Business Interests With Billionaire Political Fundraisers

If Secretary Of State Records Are Accurate Then Acting Gov Tomblin’s Associates Have Ties To Jordanian Mustafa Abu Naba’s ..by Jack Swint - Publisher
In acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s defense, sometimes you may never know everything about your business partners, and or just who their associates and connections really are. But, the mere fact that SOS records show Tomblin having connections to these people is concerning at the least. Jack Swint - Publisher

Last month, a confidential source in the WV Secretary of States Office provided this author with filed documents that show that in or about March 2010, Earl Ray Tomblin registered & reserved the trade name of “International Network Solution, LLC” (link below) in the state of WV. The company address used was 225 West Stone Ave, Greenville SC.

The source explained that if I followed the trail of that one company and two of its owners, I would find a connection to not only one of the largest global business conglomerates, but also to billionaire national fundraising businessman in the US and abroad.

Following this lead, I found a winding trail of “who’s who” in global telecommunications, oil refineries, aviation businesses, shipping and inspection companies. All with direct ties to Mr. Harry Sargeant III, a multi-billionaire Florida business man and major political fundraiser who strongly backed Senator McCain in his bid for presidency.

One of Sargeant’s close business partners is Mustafa Abu Naba from Jordan. Who has also been tied to US campaign fundraising that included a $50,000 questionable donation to John McCain’s presidential bid. McCain’s camp eventually returned the money when they learned who had given it.

Does all of this sound bizarre and unbelievable?? I thought so too, at first. If the WV Secretary of State documents are correct, Earl Ray Tomblin may have some questions to answer about his interests in not only International Network Solutions, but also their owners and associates.

International Network Solution (WV)

According to the WV Secretary Of State Records, Earl Ray Tomblin registered-reserved “International Network Solution, LLC” in March 2010. Later, Florida businessmen Kevin Kirkeide & Marty Martin filed corporate papers stating that the above listed company is actually home based in Delaware. But, its principle office is located at 225 Stone Ave Greenville SC. Natalie Tennant signed the certificate of authority on October 5, 2010. (See link below)

Their primary business in WV is “sales of telecommunication services.” Tomblin is not listed as a manager, partner or direct involvement on paper.

International Network Solution (corporate level)

WV Secretary of State Records show that corporate offices for Network Solutions were formed on March 31, 2009 in the state of Delaware. (See link below) There are a total of 47 states listed on their website as having offices across the US. West Virginia lists Charleston and Morgantown (link below). This company is a technology based CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) providing businesses with both cutting-edge Voice & Data Solutions and IP Communications, in addition to traditional telephone services.

On the surface, this company is just another telecommunications giant doing business in WV. Beneath the surface, it’ Kevin Kirkeide, Marty Martin, Harry Sargeant III and Mustafa Abu Naba who are the people behind this story.

In acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s defense, sometimes you may never know everything about your business partners, and or just who their associates and connections really are. The mere fact that SOS records show Tomblin having connections to these people is concerning at the least. What could be in it for Tomblin???

The Key Players

Our research shows that Kevin Kirkeide and Marty Martin both list Florida as their home addresses. Both are owner-partners of numerous US and foreign owned businesses including... Palm Beach Aviation Inc, International Oil Shipping Company Inc, Houston Oil Trading Company, Btb Refining LLC, 400 S. Ocean #9, LLC and Global Inspection, LLC. All but one of their companies shows the same address in Boca Raton FL.

Palm Beach Aviation - Located at 1516 Perimeter Rd, Palm Beach FL. Corporate Officers, Kevin Kirkeide, Daniel Sergeant and Harry Sergeant III. (Harry Sargeant III is a known huge national political fundraiser and business partner with Mustafa Abu Naba’s)

International Oil Shipping Company LLC - Located at 1 N Federal Hwy Ste 500 Boca Raton, FL. The officers include Greg Gagne, Kevin G Kirkeide and Marty W Martin. International Oil Shipping Company Inc. was incorporated on Friday, August 07, 2009 in the State of FL and is currently active. This company also lists Harry Sargeant III as an owner. They supply aviation fuel to the U.S. Military in Iraq, and gross billions of dollars annually.

Houston Oil Trading Company - Located at 1 N Federal Hwy Ste 500 Boca Raton, FL 33432. The officers include Gregory J Gagne, Kevin G Kirkeide. Houston Oil Trading Company, LLC was incorporated on Thursday, November 06, 2008 in the State of TX and is currently active.

BTB Refining LLC - located at 1 N Federal Hwy Ste 500 Boca Raton, FL 33432. The officers include Greg Gagne, Kevin G Kirkeide and Marty W Martin. Btb Refining, LLC was incorporated on Thursday, October 02, 2008 in the State of TX and is currently active. This company has direct ties to Harry Sargeant III.

400 S. Ocean #9, LLC - Located at 1 N Federal Hwy Ste 500 Boca Raton, FL 33432. The officers include Harry Sargeant III. 400 S. Ocean #9, LLC was incorporated on Friday, June 13, 2008 in the State of FL and is currently active.

Global Inspection, LLC - Located at 1 City Ctr Boca Raton, FL 33432. The officers include Harry Sargeant. Global Inspection, LLC was incorporated on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in the State of FL and is currently active. NOTE: Other Florida Secretary of State records show this company being located in the Dominican Republic and also owned by Marty W Martin and Mustafa Abu Naba’s.

Who Is Harry Sargeant III?

Harry Sargeant III, (pictured to the left) is a multi-billionaire diversified energy and shipping magnate from Florida. Sargeant operates an expansive, multi-billion dollar conglomerate of private global enterprises consisting of aviation companies, oil refineries, oil trading operations, alternative fuels development, and oil and asphalt shipping.

In 2008, he was the finance chairman for the Florida Republican Party.

He also has US Defense contracts in partnership with Mustafa and Mohammad Al-Saleh (husband of the half sister of King Abdullah of Jordan) to supply the military fuel in Iraq worth over 2 billion dollars. In 2008 Representative Henry Waxman accused Sargeant of “reprehensible war profiteering” in his obtaining those contracts. A 2008 federal lawsuit alleges International Oil Trading Company has engaged in a conspiracy since 2004 to pay bribes to Jordanian government officials to secure the exclusive right to transport fuel across Jordan to American military forces in Iraq.

Sargeant also owns the largest fleet of asphalt tankers and barges in the world. A longtime major Republican fundraiser and active behind the scenes in Florida politics since the mid-1990s, Sargeant has had a long standing close relationship with Florida's incumbent Governor Charlie Crist, both being Pi Kappa Alpha, fraternity brothers in the 1970s at Florida State University.

In the 2008 presidential race Sargeant also donated to onetime Republican front-runner Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and eventual Republican nominee Senator John McCain.

The above listed companies are but a few in Sergeants business portfolio. Additional companies are: (that also list their address at 1 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton FL)

Boca Maritime Inc,
Caribbean Emulsions,
Global Financial Management,
Florida Alternative Fuels,
IOTC Asphalt LLC,
IOTC Aviation LLC,
IOTC Isla Taboguilla LLC,
Marlin Asphalt, OC
Energy LLC,
PEPEX Merger Sub LLC.

Who Is Mustafa Abu Naba’?.
Abu Naba (pictured to the left) is considered a behind the scenes player. It must be true because there is not a lot of information on just who he really is or his business and political views in the US. He does list as owning a home in Florida. Online data shows he reportedly possesses a PhD, MSEE, MBA, P.E, BSEE and his training is in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry.
Harry Sargeant claims to have known him for at least a decade, and that they have been doing business for years. 2007 Florida SOS records show that both Sargeant and Abu Naba’ owning International Oil Trading together.
.He is probably best remembered as the man who reportedly made a $50,000 campaign fundraising contribution to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign back in 2008. McCain’s camp came under fire because Mustafa is not an American citizen. Records show that he has a dual citizenship of Jordan and the Dominican Republic.
.In Closing
The confidential source at the Secretary of States office could not identify or provide any documentation that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s involvement with International Network Solutions LLC continued after the records showing him as the initial person who registered and or reserved that business name at that same address in Greenville SC.
Is Tomblin’s involvement totally innocent or is he looking at the larger picture of possible political contributions for his governors race and or retirement in the telecommunications industry. People we spoke to said that if the SOS records are correct, Tomblin would benefit somehow. “Earl Ray doesn’t do things just out of the goodness of his heart.”
.Besides the one document, there is no other direct connection we could find between Kevin Kirkeide & Marty Martin to the governor.
One source at the governor’s office admitted no knowledge of even knowing what Tomblin’s involvement could have been since he was not governor in March of 2010. But, all sources we spoke to admit that it appears on the face of the March 2010 records in the Secretary of States files, that Earl Ray Tomblin is attributed as registering International Network Solutions LLC, using the same identical company name and address that Kevin Kirkeide & Marty Martin used in the current corporation records filed in the SOS office. (see link below)
Another question that needs to be considered.. What role, if any, does Secretary of State Natalie Tennant play in all of this since she to is running for the same position as Tomblin in the upcomming governors election??
End of Story
Jack Swint – Publisher
WV News 2011
(304) 982-7024

***UPDATE... At approx 12pm on Tuesday March 8th, the SOS removed from view the "International Network Solutions" documents from Earl Ray Tomblins personal business file (online). Anyone wishing a PDF hard-copy of the original documents showing Tomblins Name, please e-mail us with your request. Provide either a fax number, e-mail or physical return mailing address.***
.PDF copy of International Network Solutions – Delaware Corporation
.International Network Solutions Website.
Harry Sargeant III
.Graph Showing Owners & Companies (double left click on Kevin Kirkeide for full scope of business dealings)
.2009 Kirkeide Mgr International Oil Trading.2007 Sargeant & Mustafa International Oil Trading.Story on International Oil Trading
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