Florida Democrats announce how they will return tainted Allied Veterans contributions

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Leaders in the Florida Democratic Party announced this morning how they will return tainted contributions from Allied Veterans — the charity at the heart of a scandal that led to 57 people associated with the group being arrested in a racketeering and money laundering probe.

“News accounts of the alleged bilking of veterans groups by Allied Veterans was not only disgusting, but infuriating,” said Senator Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith. “Had we known of their activities, we would not have accepted a single dollar from anyone associated with the group.”

Since news of the Allied Veterans scandal broke, Democrats says they have been scrutinizing campaign records in search of any money donated by the group and associates alleged to be part of the wide-scale fraud and money laundering activity. Thus far, Senator Smith and the Democratic Party of Florida have been able to identify $272,000 of money contributed by Allied Veterans and its associates to Democratic campaigns. 

Senator Smith and Representative Perry Thurston, accompanied by other Democrats, have made it their personal mission to begin personally delivering checks, starting tomorrow, in the amount of the discovered contributions to various Veterans Groups throughout South Florida.

“We may not be able to rectify the damage this group has done, but we can help defray some of the loss,” said Rep. Thurston.

The check deliveries are scheduled to begin Monday, March 25, 2013, at the following locations:

12 Noon: VFW Post 8195, Hollywood
1 pm American Legion Post 220, Ft. Lauderdale
2 pm American Legion Post 304, Dania Beach
3 pm Jewish War Veterans, Delray Beach
6 pm VFW Post 4143, Riviera Beach

Checks are also expected to be delivered to Jacksonville Children of Fallen Patriots, along with other locations in Florida, in the coming days.

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