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How many RPOF credit cards did lawmakers have? Dems think they know

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The Republican Party of Florida still isn’t saying how many American Express cards were in the hands of state lawmakers before most of the cards were recalled last year – except to deny a claim by Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, that “half” the 26 Senate Republicans had one.

Well, Florida Democratic Party communications director Eric Jotkoff thinks he knows. And in a Valentine’s Day card spoof aimed at Bill McCollum that thanks him for opposing the release of the party’s AmEx statements, Jotkoff claims the figure is high. How high? Here’s what he wrote in the release:

“On this Valentine’s Day, the Florida Democratic Party obtained a copy of the secret card to A.G. Bill McCollum thanking him for refusing to hold the RPOF accountable from former RPOF Executive Director Delmar Johnson, along with the 11 Republican State Senators and 18 GOP State House Members who had RPOF AmEx cards.”

Jotkoff isn’t revealing his source, and RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta denied his figure was correct. “29 card carrying state legislators? No. I have no idea where that number came from,” she e-mailed us.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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