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Greer Investigation

March 31st, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has acknowledged is has opened a criminal investigation into former GOP party chairman Jim Greer. An audit of party documents has uncovered a secret contract in which Greer was getting six dollars of every hundred the party was raising. Party Chairman John Thrasher is refusing comment as is Attorney General Bill McCollum, but incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon of Orlando is applauding the move.

“Now we have to wait and see what that reveals, but I think it’s a really positive step, to Republicans, grassroots volunteers, and supporters, that they’re making sure that if there was any wrongdoing it’s detected and that procedures are instituted to prevent it from happening again,” Cannon said.

Democrat Dave Aronberg says the investigation should not be partisan

“This is potential misuse of party resources,” Aronberg said. “This is potential criminal fraud. There’s civil theft potential. I mean there are a lot of serious allegations that could result in jail time. So, look, I’m going to take a step back, I don’t want to bring anymore politics into this. I just think the investigation needs to happen and if there are criminal offenses here then people need to be held accountable.”

FDLE has not given a timetable for the conclusion of the investigation.

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