Daniel Imperato

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Daniel J. Imperato
Daniel imperato september 2007.jpg
Born (1958-03-09) March 9, 1958 (age 57)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Residence West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
Occupation Presidential Candidate, Entrepreneur
Website http://www.imperato2008.com/

Daniel Imperato (b. March 9, 1958, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American businessman, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President of the United States in 2008. Imperato has also unsuccessfully sought the Green Party, Reform Party, and Constitution Party[1] nominations. A resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, the 2008 election was Imperato's first run for political office. Imperato's campaign literature describes him as an "independent Libertarian" and an "alternative candidate" for the Presidency. In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against Imperato, claiming that Imperato grossly inflated the value of his business, scamming $2.5 million from investors to fund his 2008 run for President.[2]

Early life[edit]

Imperato grew up in Revere, Massachusetts. Daniel is the son of Paul "Sonny" Imperato and the late Mary C. Imperato. The Imperatos were originally immigrants from Italy. When promoting The Red Worm (a film he supposedly produced), Imperato claimed his family was descended from the Roman Emperor Nero.[3]


Imperato is currently a Papal Knight and a Knight of Malta.

Imperato was a board member and headed up the Palm Beach, Florida branch office of the African Center Foundation. Imperato's website claims the organization is a United Nations non-governmental organization[4] but in reality only works with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. [5] Imperato also is a Chaplain for the Latin/African American Chaplain's Association.[6]


2008 Presidential campaign[edit]

Imperato participated in several candidate forums held by third parties, but never secured the nomination of any political party. He was vocal on many "culture war" issues, including keeping religious symbols, such as the Ten Commandments, and religious references, such as "In God We Trust", in American government.[7]

Imperato appealed very strongly to the Hispanic community with a pro-immigration policy, and has been covered by many Hispanic media outlets.[8] In October 2007, Imperato spoke at the Hispanic Achievers Awards Banquet and the HAP Institute Forum on Energy Policy in Las Vegas, Nevada [9] Imperato has supported ballot access for third parties, meeting with the Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform Movement in Oklahoma.[10]

Imperato appeared in front of the Reform Party of the United States of America, for their consideration as their Presidential candidate in 2008.[citation needed] In addition, Imperato participated in a debate with other candidates at the Libertarian Party State Chairs Conference in Orlando on March 19, 2007. Imperato toured the country visiting Libertarian Conventions in ten states. .[11] At the North Carolina convention Imperto claimed he had spent about $2 million of his own money on his campaign,[12] but his Federal Election Commission filing did not collaborate this claim. It stated that he had personally contributed $77,945 of the $78,195 raised as of March 31, 2008.[13] Imperato was placed on the ballot for the Libertarian Party Presidential primary election in California.[14]

On July 10, 2007 He joined other candidates at the Independent Green Party of Virginia Presidential Debate at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., moderated by CBS newsman, and former host of Meet the Press, Marvin Kalb[15] On July 12–15, 2007 Imperato attended the Green Party national meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania. Imperato was among the ten candidates participating in a two hour forum before 200 Green Party delegates.[16]

In a field survey conducted by LibertarianLists of Libertarian Party, concluded March 11, 2007, 98 Libertarian National Convention delegates responded with zero (0%) preferring Imperato as the Libertarian Party nominee. The same field survey was provided to 677 Libertarian Party Members who responded with 4 (0.59%) who prefer Imperato for the nomination.[17]

On April 26, 2008, the Constitution Party held a convention to vote on its nominee. Imperato received one vote. Chuck Baldwin won the nomination with 383.8 votes.[1]

2010 Florida Gubernatorial race[edit]

Daniel Imperato qualified as a non partisan candidate for the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election by paying a fee.[18] Imperato received a little over 13,000 votes in the general election, which was less than one third of one percent of the total vote cast.

General Election Results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll 2,619,335 48.87
Democratic Alex Sink & Rod Smith 2,557,785 47.72
N/A Peter Allen & John E Zanni 123,831 2.31
No party Michael E. Arth & Al Krulick 18,644 0.35%
No party Farid Khavari & Darcy G. Richardson 7,487 0.14%
No party C. C. Reed & Larry Waldo, Sr. 18,842 0.35%
No party Daniel Imperato & Karl C.C. Behm 13,690 0.26%
No party Josue Larose & Valencia St Louis (write-in) 121 0.00%
Total votes 5,359,735 100
Republican hold

Source: Florida Division of Elections

Allegations by SEC of defrauding investors[edit]

In January 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit against Imperato alleging that he defrauded investors of $2.5 million and funneled some of the cash into his 2008 presidential campaign fund.[20][21][2] The complaint also charges that Imperato grossly inflated the value of his company.[2] While Imperato purported to have assets ranging between $3.5 million and $269 million, with projected annual sales of up to $500 million, the SEC alleges that the company actually had no assets at all.[2] The SEC complaint seeks permanent injunctions and civil penalties from Imperato, forfeiture of illegal profits with prejudgment interest from Imperato, and to bar Imperato from ever serving as a director or officer of a publicly held company.[2]


  1. ^ a b Winger, Richard. "Chuck Baldwin is Constitution Party Nominee for President", Ballot Access News, April 26, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Civil Action No.: 9:12-cv-80021, Official court document, SEC.gov. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  3. ^ YouTube - Palm Beach Rox TV One-on-One with Daniel Imperato, Executiv
  4. ^ http://www.imperato2008.com/imperato2008/quickfacts.asp Archived August 19, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://www.prnewsnow.com/PR%20News%20Releases/Society/African%20American%20Interests/African%20Center%20Foundation%20ACF%20Opens%20New%20Palm%20Beach%20Branch[dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.openpr.com/news/16903/Presidential-Candidate-and-Newly-Ordained-LACA-Chaplain-Imperato-Calls-on-Mayor-Bloomberg-for-Support.html
  7. ^ McLendon, Robert. "Candidates Make Presidential Pitch During Convention", Alabama Press Register, June 24, 2007.
  8. ^ Alvarez, Jenny. "Daniel Imperato wants to be the future president in 2008""Que Pasa Bulletin", December 27, 2006.
  9. ^ De Leon, Luis. "Candidato Presidencial Visita Las Vegas", "El Reportero Las Vegas", October 15, 2007.
  10. ^ Greiner, Jim. "Candidate Seeks Spot on Ballot", The Oklahoman, September 7, 2007.
  11. ^ Gilliland, Kim. "Welcome to the Party", Hickory Record, April 30, 2007.
  12. ^ Hickory Record
  13. ^ Federal Election Commission, Presidential Candidate Reports, 2007-2008 Election Cycle.
  14. ^ Doherty, Brian "The Libertarian Party Presidential Field" Reason Magazine, September 24, 2007.
  15. ^ Independent Greens of Virginia website
  16. ^ 2007.07.16: Green Party vows to get 51 ballot lines
  17. ^ LibertarianLists Survey, Small Government Solutions
  18. ^ Florida Election Candidate Tracking System entry for Imperato
  19. ^ http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/contestdetails.aspx?con=160000[dead link]
  20. ^ Ostrowski, Jeff (January 12, 2012). "West Palm Beach man conned investors out of $2.5M, used cash to run for president, SEC says". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ "SEC Charges Company Officers And Auditor With Fraud". Financial Advisor. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 

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