Florida GOP reviewing Internet cafe contributions

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State Republican officials are going through contributions from Allied Veterans of the World, the organization that claimed to be a veterans charity that officials claim was a gambling front, as fallout from a massive investigation into the organization continues.

The probe has already cost former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll her job because she once did work for the organization and it could end with the total shut down of Internet cafes, which law enforcement officials say are basically just illegal gambling operations.

Law enforcement officials hinted earlier this week that additional connections may be about to be drawn between the industry and other elected officials.

“In light of recent developments, RPOF is examining financial contributions that may be connected to any entities affiliated with the investigation and we are reviewing the most appropriate options,” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement released Thursday.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

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