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GOP Credit Card Snafu Complaints

February 9th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

There are new rumblings tonight within the Republican Party of Florida over finances. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Governor Charlie Crist has joined the bandwagon to ask the party to reveal how it has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on its credit cards.

State Representative Dean Cannon was so worried about the safety of the money he raised for House candidates, he transferred 650,000 dollars out of the Republican Party. New revelations, that Delmar Johnson, a 30-year-old, who earned more than 400,000 dollars, which included a secret contract for the take of fundraisng, has party leaders up in arms.

“On its face, it was a legal contract,” Attorney General Bill McCollum said. “Now, what turns up with other facts beyond the face of the contract, beyond the pages is to be determined.”

Even Charlie Crist is concerned.

“It doesn’t look good,” Crist said.

Flowers, massages, and even thousand dollar dinners show up in state reports, angering GOP donors.

“When they find out that the money has been squandered on the most ridiculous things, like massages, that infuriates them,” Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, said.

This GOP annual report paints a rosy picture until you open it up, and see that Delmar Johnson is already gone and the chairman is on his way out.

John Thrasher is running to lead the party. He won’t say if he’s going to release the records showing who was spending what, at least not yet.

“When I become chairman, I will have a set of recommendations on this issues after we have a thorough review of it,” Thrasher said.

The party selects a new leader February 20th, but it could take months or longer to restore the party’s image.

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