Florida GOP: Greer had hundreds of party documents at his Oviedo home

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When Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents raided the Oviedo home of ousted Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer in June, they not only handcuffed him and hauled him to jail, they also found boxes filled with party records.

Greer, awaiting trial on six felony counts, wasn’t supposed to have the documents in his possession, according to the party. That’s a firing offense and a violation of the party-loyalty oath he signed when he became chairman in 2007, its lawyer alleges.

Hundreds of pages of party-insider information, including records documenting credit-card spending and consultant contracts, two things that led to Greer’s downfall.

There were American Express bills, annual budgets, general party spending records, a list of salaries and party e-mail.

And the American Express bills documented spending by some party notables: incoming Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, who helped lead the effort to oust Greer; outgoing Senate President Jeff Atwater, R- North Palm Beach; Ken Pruitt, Atwater’s predecessor; and former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense.

It was not clear why the party records were at Greer’s home in June, five months after he resigned during a firestorm of criticism over extravagant spending and financial mismanagement.

The state GOP is now asking a Sanford judge to throw out Greer’s lawsuit against it. He filed suit in April, accusing the party of cheating him out of a $123,000 severance package.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.