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FDLE Investigates Greers Greed

April 1st, 2010 by flanews

If you gave to the Republican Party of Florida last year, your contribution may have been used to fatten the pockets of the former chairman. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating Former RPOF Chairman Jim Greer for reportedly pumping party money into a consultant business he owned. As Whitney Ray tells us, Republican lawmakers are trying to distance themselves from the controversy.

On the day former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer announced his plans to resign, a paper shredding truck was parked outside party headquarters.

Three months later Greer finds himself the target of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation, which could lead to embezzlement charges. Republican lawmakers are calling the news disheartening.

Certainly a little bit disturbed by some of the articles Ive read and some of the comments Ive seen, said Representative Will Weatherford.

But party leaders arent talking claiming they dont want to jeopardize the investigation.

The IRS isnt saying whether or not its reviewing the partys finances. Calls for a federal investigation began last year once news broke of GOP lawmakers using party issued credit cards on everything from fancy dinners to overseas trips.

The Florida Democrats continue to push the issue.

Not only did they break IRS laws, that say the money at the political party has to be used to further the cause of the party, but they also clearly were in violation of Floridas racketeering statutes, said Eric Jotkoff, Florida Dems Spokesman.

Greer is fighting back, planning to file suit against the party claiming it violated a severance agreement in which the party agreed to praise its former leader and affirm that all of his financial dealings were on the up and up. The Republican Party claims the severance agreement was never finalized.

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