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Florida Republicans disagree with Donald Trump, but still back him

Top Florida Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s comments about an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq.

But so far, none of the top elected Republicans in the state have dropped their support of Trump, or even criticized him as sharply as some other Republicans have in the last few days.

Still there are signs of growing discomfort even among some of his most ardent supporters.

Right now it’s not clear if any prominent Florida Republicans plan to join him when Trump does a campaign swing through Florida on Wednesday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, is hosting events in the Panhandle including a meeting to discuss battling the Zika virus.

“It’s hard,” said Jeff Atwater, the state’s chief financial officer and one of three statewide elected officials on the Florida Cabinet. “Because I don’t appreciate this kind of tone, rhetoric and commentary that he’s offering.”

Trump has been feuding for days with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Muslim family whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004. At last week’s Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan criticized Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States and accused Trump of sacrificing “nothing and no one.”

In response, Trump said he was “viciously attacked” by Khizr Khan and implied that Ghazala Khan, the soldier’s mother, stood silently alongside her husband during the speech because, as a Muslim, she was restricted her from speaking. The comments have drawn rebukes from both Democrats and Republicans such as U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization called them “out of bounds.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi, who endorsed Trump before the March presidential primary, called Capt. Khan an “American hero” and added: “Would I have ever said anything about his mother standing up their silent, not saying anything? Absolutely not.”

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam echoed Bondi’s comments about Khan and said “any comments to the contrary are dishonorable and abhorrent.”

The cautious reaction by some of Florida’s top GOP elected officials is a contrast to people such as former Gov. Jeb Bush, who has refused to endorse Trump. Sally Bradshaw, a north Florida resident and one of Bush’s top political advisers, recently changed parties and said this week that she may vote for Hillary Clinton if the election is close.

Scott, who recently agreed to become chairman of a super PAC backing Trump, as well as all three Cabinet members said they still intend to vote for Trump. Atwater, citing the investigation into Clinton’s emails, said that Trump was the “better candidate.”

Scott, who served in the U.S. Navy, would not comment directly on Trump’s comments and instead said Tuesday that “I’m never going to agree with every candidate on what they are going to say.” He praised Trump as someone “who believes in our military.”

When asked if Trump should apologize, as Scott said: “You can talk to Donald Trump. I just can tell you from my standpoint I’m [appreciative] of everybody that served.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Rick Scott, Pam Bondi headed to Fort Myers after teen club shooting

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi said they are meeting with Fort Myers-area law enforcement Monday after a nightclub shooting there.

Gunfire erupted at Club Blu, which was hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens, leaving two dead and at least 17 wounded, according to reports.

The incident happened more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The Pulse nightclub shooting June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.

“Following the horrific news of a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, I spoke with Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Fort Myers Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads to offer any assistance from the state,” Scott said in a statement.

“I have canceled my scheduled events today to meet with law enforcement and local officials in Fort Myers,” he added. “While we are still learning the details about what happened this morning, we know that some of the victims of this terrible incident were children. We will continue to pray for the victims and their families.”

Added Bondi: “As the investigation into this night club shooting continues, I will be in Fort Myers today to meet with law enforcement and offer assistance to victims and their families suffering in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

The Florida Attorney General’s Office offers grief counseling and victims services to victims of violent crimes including assistance with burial expenses and medical bills, her statement said.

The violence at Club Blu erupted about 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

A post on the club’s Facebook page Monday morning said the shooting happened as the club was closing and parents were picking up their children. The post also said there was armed security at the event.

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the post read. “We tried to give teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”

Three people remained hospitalized Monday morning, according to Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System. All others were treated and released.

Two people brought to two other area hospitals were also treated and released, Garn said. Ages of the patients ranged from 12 to 27, Garn said.

The club is in a strip mall that includes a daycare center and is across the street from a large apartment complex. Officers had the area taped off as crime scene technicians scoured the strip mall parking lot for clues.

State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, the Republican who represents Fort Myers in the Florida House, said she too “will be working with community leaders, citizens and law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice and find a way to restore peace to our community.”

“I urge anyone with any knowledge of the shooting to call the local authorities with any information, either in person or anonymously,” she added. “Now is the time to come together as one Fort Myers!”

The Associated Press contributed to this post, reprinted with permission

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Pam Bondi cheers on “Lock her up” chant to Hillary Clinton in RNC speech

Coming out to the stage by declaring her love for her native state, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi addressed the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, where she said that a Donald Trump presidency would return the country to the rule of law that has been absent under the past eight years of the Barack Obama administration.

“November 8 is a day of reckoning for all those who have abused their power,” she began, referring to Election Day. “It’s the day when we the people will take back our government from Washington bureaucrats playing doctor with our health care, to a president who’s been playing fast and loose with our constitutional rights, and Russian Roulette with our borders.”

Bondi endorsed Trump on the eve of the Florida primary in March, and there is speculation that she could be picked for a Cabinet position if the New York City business mogul wins in November.

Since being elected in 2010, Bondi has joined with her fellow Republican attorneys general to sue the Obama administration on a number of fronts, from the Affordable Care Act, to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to the president’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Shortly into her six-minute plus speech, Bondi then segued to perhaps the major theme of the first three nights of the RNC – bashing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“She deserves no security clearance. How do you become president of the United States with no security clearance?” Bondi asked. Republicans have promulgated the notion that Clinton would have a difficult time getting a security clearance after FBI Director James Comey said that she was careless in her handling of national security documents. The Justice Department recently concluded their investigation into the former secretary of state’s handling of classified documents, which ended with Comey chastising her in a press conference, without filing any charges against her.

“This lawlessness must stop. Right here. Right now,” Bondi said, before acknowledging a chant amongst some of the delegates that has become a mantra at the Cleveland RNC.

“Lock her up? I love that,” she said, repeating the chant that erupted during Chris Christie’s speech on Tuesday night at the convention.

There is no question that there likely be changes with the makeup of the Supreme Court in the next four years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83. Anthony Kennedy will turn 80 by Election Day, and Stephen Breyer will be 78. Bondi said that Clinton will stack the next court with liberal justices.

“I know Donald, and I’m proud to know Donald. He will appoint conservative justices who will defend, rather than rewrite, our Constitution,” she said.

Bondi’s endorsement of Trump in March revived a storyline that she no doubt had been forgotten. That was the fact that she personally solicited a political contribution from Trump’s charitable foundation just three days after her office said it was “reviewing” fraud allegations against one of Donald Trump’s businesses in 2013. Bondi denied that the contribution had any bearing on her office’s decision not to open an investigation into Trump University, his for-profit-school.

The Clinton camp sent out a statement during Bondi’s address, entitled, “Scammed by Trump U? Don’t ask Florida AG Pam Bondi for help,” followed by links to negative stories about Trump U.

“If you believe it’s time for America to start acting like America again, there is only one choice in this election – Donald Trump,” Bondi concluded, to cheers from the audience.

Although Bondi was given a good time slot at 8:30 p.m., none of the three cable networks broadcasting the convention – Fox, MSNBC and CNN – covered Bondi’s speech live.

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Former rivals, military leaders, actors to take stage at RNC

Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — the latter by video link — are among those set to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Military leaders, members of Congress, actors, faith leaders and family members of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump are also set to speak in what the Republican National Committee calls “an unconventional lineup” that will challenge the status quo and press for Trump’s agenda.

Speaker highlights at the four-day convention, which begins Monday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

MONDAY

Theme: Make America Safe Again

Headliners: Trump’s wife, Melania; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Army; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

Others: Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty”; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Marcus Luttrell, retired U.S. Navy SEAL; Scott Baio, actor; Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, killed in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya; Mark “Oz” Geist, member of a security team that fought in Benghazi; John Tiegen, member of Benghazi security team and co-author of the book “13 Hours,” an account of the attacks; Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, siblings of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent whose shooting death revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation; Antonio Sabato Jr., actor; Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw, immigration reform advocates; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis.; Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Rachel Campos-Duffy, LIBRE Initiative for Hispanic economic empowerment; Darryl Glenn, Senate candidate in Colorado; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Karen Vaughn, mother of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; and Jason Beardsley of Concerned Veterans for America.

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TUESDAY

Theme: Make America Work Again

Headliners: Tiffany Trump, candidate’s daughter; Kerry Woolard, general manager, Trump Winery in Virginia; Donald Trump Jr.; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson; and actress Kimberlin Brown.

Others: Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of Republican National Committee; Dana White, president, Ultimate Fighting Championship; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Andy Wist, founder of Standard Waterproofing Co.; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Chris Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action; golfer Natalie Gulbis; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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WEDNESDAY

Theme: Make America First Again

Headliners: Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; Eric Trump, son of the candidate; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s pick to be vice president.

Others: radio host Laura Ingraham; Phil Ruffin, businessman with interests in real estate, lodging, manufacturing and energy; Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi; retired astronaut Eileen Collins; Michelle Van Etten, small business owner; Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado Jr.; Darrell Scott, senior pastor and co-founder of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries, Cleveland; Harold Hamm, oil executive; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Lynne Patton, vice president, Eric Trump Foundation; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (by video); Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich.

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THURSDAY

Theme: Make America One Again

Headliners: Peter Thiel, co-founder PayPal; Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital; Ivanka Trump, daughter of the candidate; and Donald Trump, GOP nominee for president.

Others: Brock Mealer, motivational speaker; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Dr. Lisa Shin, owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare in New Mexico; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and evangelical leader.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Rick Scott gearing up for GOP convention speech

Gov. Rick Scott brushed off questions about whether Donald Trump would be able to secure the nomination next week, saying the New York Republican is the clear winner.

“He clearly won the delegates,” said Scott during a stop in Naples on Friday. “My goal is that we have a great convention, and we highlight where we’re going as a country and a party, and we have a big win and change the direction of this country.”

Scott is one of dozens of people slated to speak during the Republican National Convention next week. The Naples Republican praised Trump early in the primary cycle but did not endorse him until after Florida’s March 15 primary. Since then, he has been a vocal supporter of the New York Republican and was often mentioned as a potential running mate.

Trump announced Friday he selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. During his stop in Naples, Scott told reporters he had made it clear to Trump he wasn’t interested in the No. 2 spot.

“I’ve been clear all along,” he said. “I have a great job, and I want to keep this job.”

Scott said he is excited to go to the convention, noting he missed most of the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa because of a hurricane. Republicans cut the conference short by a day because of the storm threat. Scott was also scheduled to speak at that event.

“I’m going to talk about why we ought to elect Donald Trump,” said Scott. “We need a business person. We need someone who is going to destroy ISIS. We need someone who is going to focus on jobs. And that’s what he’s going to do.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is also scheduled to speak at the convention.

Floridians heading up to Cleveland for the event will have a jam-packed schedule, including breakfasts, tailgate parties and a reception.

The Republican Party of Florida released a rundown of events Friday morning. Delegates will be able to participate in a breakfast speaker series hosted by the state party and Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran. Speakers at the breakfasts include Frank Luntz, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Dick Morris, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is scheduled to attend a breakfast hosted by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“With Florida being front and center as the largest swing state, we are excited to welcome these great speakers to the conversation of Making Florida Red Again and Making America Great Again,” said Blaise Ingoglia, the chair of the Florida GOP and a state representative.

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.15.16 – No Tebowing in Cleveland

Bad news for folks who were psyched that Tim Tebow was announced on Thursday to be a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Like Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady before him, Tebow became the latest (former) pro quarterback who has disavowed any intentions that he would be speaking at Donald Trump’s party next week.

“My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s in the political realm, that’s what I’ll do,” Tebow said on his Instagram account last night. “But right now, I really believe that’s through my foundation and our amazing partners in fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves.”

The Republic, and the Republicans, will certainly survive an RNC sans Tebow, but how does that even happen? All the other folks named yesterday: Pam Bondi, Rick Scott, Mary Fallin, Peter Thiel, etc., all will speak. It’s just sort of odd.

Although he’s delaying his announcement about his running mate today, all indications are that Trump will select Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate – unless he changes his mind overnight, that is.

The Tampa Bay Times Michael Auslen forwards the story we reported on last week – there aren’t any upcoming U.S. Senate primary debates coming up soon, and it appears as though Patrick Murphy is the reason why.

Catherine Welch from WMFE radio in Orlando, who was coordinating radio debates across Florida public radio stations, wrote to me yesterday that the Murphy camp confirmed that they received her invitation on May 30th, “yet the campaign says it can not fit our Aug 3rd 9:00am debate into the schedule.”

And the Times Rick Danielson reports on a story that we meant to get to but didn’t (so props to him) – that organizers in Tampa of a referendum that would replace the city’s citizen review board with something stronger will not make the deadline of 21,000 signatures to get on this November’s ballot.

“I don’t think will make it this ballot,” the Reverend Russell Meyer told me on Monday before a Black Lives Matter protest began at Lykes Gaslight Park. “Something like what we’re talking about will be on the Tampa Charter Review Committee that City Council is talking about.” He also mentioned electing a different City Council to change how the board is composed, but of course, with the exception of the District 7 race this fall, the board won’t turn over until 2019.

In other news…

A new Hillary Clinton campaign office opened in Ybor City last night, and there was lots of excited folks there – not too many of them under 40, though.

Christine Quinn is the South Tampa businesswoman who is taking on Kathy Castor in Florida’s 14th Congressional District this fall.

The Tampa City Council is close to approving a franchise agreement with developer Jeff Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners and Cascade Investments for an underground chiller for the Channelside development.

Any Libertarians out there? There’s a contested Senate battle next month, and we’ve got a poll on who’s leading in that race.

The Florida League of Women Voters is getting into advocacy and education regarding solar power.

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In Tallahassee, Allison Tant talks Cleveland, Mike Pence and Patrick Murphy’s A-game

Allison Tant 2With Florida Republicans heading to their national convention in Cleveland next week and the Florida Democrats following to their convention the next week in Philadelphia, we caught up with Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant.

She, along with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, opened a field office for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in downtown Tallahassee Thursday evening.

What do you think about Rick Scott, Pam Bondi and Tim Tebow on the RNC stage?

“It’s the folks who are most like Donald Trump. He’s going to have the people he thinks will parrot his views the best at his own convention. It doesn’t really come as a surprise to me.”

Recent polls show a very close race in Florida between Clinton and Trump, a concern?

“I think it’s going to come and go. Florida is a purple state. We are a swing state … polls for that reason are very tight. I think they’re going to narrow and enlarge and narrow and enlarge.”

Comparing the upcoming RNC with the DNC:

“I don’t think most Floridians are going to be happy with what they see (at the RNC) at least I don’t think so. And then we’re going to have the Democratic Convention, and we have worked very hard to make sure our Democratic Convention speaks to America and is reflective of the broad communities across America. I expect a bump after the convention. I think this last week was a difficult week, and I think it is going to get better.”

Trump picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate:

“As a woman, I personally find him offensive on what he has done on women’s rights in his state as governor. We have a clear track record we could look to, and I find him a curious choice. I’m actually surprised that he took it. But we are looking at what he stood for and what he has done, and we’re going to be messaging quite a bit on that.”

The Clinton campaign has spent more than $12 million on TV advertising Florida, while Trump has spent virtually nothing, but is very competitive:

“Trump is the master of reality TV. He doesn’t have to do what we have to do to get the attention. He’s also gotten some help on his side with all the national media in DC and everything. We’re going to turn the page on all of that in the days ahead. We’ll right the ship again.”

Some have suggested Democrats are lagging in registration efforts this year:

“I don’t agree with that because we’re just getting started on all of that. We are just ramping up with our partners; we just brought on board 240, 250 staff people now to start working on all of that. We have an aggressive vote-by-mail effort going across the state of Florida right now, including Leon County … We are just gearing up. Our partners are just gearing up. I’m not concerned about all of that and also the NPAs (no party affiliations) tend to vote more Democratic.

Bill Clinton has already been a big presence in Florida, will Barack Obama play a similar role?

“I suspect so. I’m planning on it. I think that he will be here. I think that Florida is too important.”

Who will be the Florida Democrats’ version of Tim Tebow at the DNC?

“I don’t want a Tim Tebow speaking for my side. We have some great speakers we are just lining up right now. We are finishing the lineup, including some strong Florida people that I am not at liberty to discuss … You’re going to have some really great people from Florida on the national stage.”

Worried about Patrick Murphy’s series of missteps in his U.S. Senate campaign?

“Of course, I’m concerned. But I think that he can overcome it. He is going to come here (Tallahassee) next week. I think he is going to be putting his A game on … He’s going to be stepping forward on the (water quality and algae issues in his district) … This is something he has gotten right since day one.”

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Judge sues foreclosure defendant who filed $2.4 million “criminal complaint” against him

Last year, Judge Thomas Minkoff issued an order that a house owned by Leslie and Martin Armstrong be auctioned at a foreclosure sale.

That order sparked a legal saga that saw Mrs. Armstrong filing a “criminal complaint” against Minkoff, his legal staff, Wells Fargo and its attorney that alleges they deprived her of her constitutional rights. Mrs. Armstrong alleges that they civil value of the 242 counts in her complaint add up to $2.4 million that she’s owed. Minkoff is a civil court judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit for Pasco and Pinellas Counties.

In the latest chapter, Minkoff, who is represented by sAttorney General Pam Bondi’s office, filed suit Friday alleging that the criminal complaint is full of false representations. He’s asking the court have them expunged from the record and that an injunction be issued preventing Mrs. Armstrong from filing any more “false documents.”

Neither Minkoff nor Mrs. Armstrong could be reached for comment. But the court documents tell the story.

According to Minkoff’s complaint:

After he ordered Mrs. Armstrong’s Clearwater home be sold because she had failed to pay Wells Fargo, she twice declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court dismissed her first case because she had failed to file required information. The second bankruptcy judge gave Minkoff permission to file his case against Mrs. Armstrong.

Not only did Mrs. Armstrong declare bankruptcy, she also filed the “criminal complaints” against Minkoff and the others. In the criminal complaints she alleged, among other things, that she was denied her Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendment constitutional rights. She said she was denied due process and the right to face her accuser.

In the complaints, Mrs. Armstrong alleged that she refused to be sworn in at the original foreclosure hearing “because I wanted some questions answered first.” She further alleged that Minkoff sent witnesses out of the court room because “he did not want the witnesses to see or hear all the criminality occurring in the court room. Judge Minkoff conspired with Wells Fargo Bank NA and the trespassing attorneys to steal my property.”

Minkoff calls these filings “false documents” and says they are “false, fraudulent and fictitious documents that have no basis or foundation in fact or law.” He alleges that the make it appear that he owes $2.4 million to Mrs. Armstrong and that this gives a “false appearance that Judge Minkoff entered into a security, debt, loan or contingent liabilities” with Mrs. Armstrong.

“The false documents have adversely affected or will adversely affect Judge Minkoff’s credit and actual or potential interests in real or personal property because of the false appearance of a secured debt or an outstanding lien against him,” the lawsuit reads.

Minkoff asks that the documents be expunged, and Mrs. Armstrong be prohibited from filing any other false documents. He also wants her to pay damages and for the court to levy a civil fine of $2,500 against her for every document determined to be false. He’s also asking for attorneys’ fees.

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D.C. watchdog group calls for ethics investigation of Pam Bondi over Trump University

A Washington watchdog group says an investigation is needed to determine if Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi violated the law by failing to investigate or take legal action regarding complaints against Trump University and related entities after the Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a political committee supporting her.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says their own investigation has found Bondi’s office received at least 22 complaints regarding Trump University, the Trump Institute, and related entities between February 2008 and May 2011. As was reported by the Orlando Sentinel Oct. 13, 2013, the Florida Office of Attorney General said they were reviewing the allegations brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against Trump University and Donald Trump.

Four days after that, Bondi’s political committee received the $25,000 check from the Trump Foundation. A month after receiving the contribution, the Attorney General’s office said “there was no consideration of whether to join” the New York lawsuit. OAG also may have decided around this time not to investigate the complaints it received.

“The apparent timing of decisions not to take legal action against Trump University or the Trump Institute are deeply concerning,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a statement. “Before the donation arrived, the Attorney General’s office told the press it was considering taking action against Trump University, but soon after the money came, the office made it clear that no action would be taken.”

CREW has sent letters to Florida Inspector General Steve Rumph and Stanley Wesson with the Florida Commission on Ethics, calling on both offices to investigate immediately.

“The facts remain murky, but if decisions not to investigate Mr. Trump’s businesses were linked to Attorney General Bondi’s solicitation and acceptance of a $25,000 campaign contribution from the Trump Foundation, she may have violated Florida law and the state’s standards of conduct for public officials,” said Bookbinder.

Last month, Bondi’s office rejected allegations the campaign donation from Trump was in any way connected to her office’s decision not to pursue action against Trump University.

“While there was never an investigation, staff, doing due diligence, reviewed the complaints and the New York litigation and made the proper determination that the New York litigation would provide relief to aggrieved consumers nationwide,” Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray told CNN. Bondi said her office has “made public every document on this issue, which shows no one in my office ever opened an investigation on Trump University nor was there a basis for doing so. Any news story that suggests otherwise is completely false.”

Bondi endorsed Donald Trump for president March 14 in Tampa, the day before the Florida presidential primary election. The controversy has not dampened her ardor for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, as Bondi appeared at a Trump rally at the Tampa Convention Center last month.

This is not the first complaint filed against Bondi regarding Trump University.

Last week, Politico reported Massachusetts attorney J. Whitfield Larabee filed federal complaints seeking criminal indictments tied to allegations Donald Trump “bribed” Bondi by donating $25,000 to her political committee as she was reviewing complaints related to his now-defunct real estate school. Larrabee’s charges included the same allegations included in complaints he filed with Florida ethics and elections officials earlier in June.

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Anderson Cooper talks about Pam Bondi interview during Orlando benefit

Anderson Cooper said he had every right to ask Attorney General Pam Bondi about her stance on gay marriage during an Orlando interview earlier this month.

“I wasn’t asking her about things she had done a year before out of the blue,” said Cooper of his now infamous interview with Bondi in the days following the mass shooting at an Orlando night club. “It was something she said Sunday and something she said that day on another network. I thought I was in my rights to do that, and clearly she wasn’t happy with how it all ended up.”

Earlier this month, Cooper called out Bondi for her office’s decision to defend the state’s ban on same sex marriage. In the wake of the shooting, which happened at a gay nightclub, Bondi said anyone who does harm to the LGBTQ community will be “gone after” to the fullest extent of the law.

But Cooper — who was in Orlando with his friend and Bravo host Andy Cohen on Thursday for a benefit to support victims of the shooting — said he had heard from many people in the gay community that they resented her decision to defend the ban.

Cooper, who publicly came out as gay in 2012, said people he was talking to were pointing out Bondi’s statements following the shooting were “antithetical to things that she said previously.”

“I think anyone who has run for office, is holding office deserves respect. They’re dedicating their time and their service and all of that,” he told Cohen. “But I also think its my job to confront people with their statements that they made that day and the day before and how that jives with things they’ve said in the past.”

Cooper and Cohen brought their popular AC2 show to Orlando Thursday to benefit the OneOrlando Fund. According to the Dr. Phillips Center, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the fund.

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