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Criminal investigation launched into the Republican Party of Florida’s credit card abuses

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Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that The U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the probe, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges…

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Criminal investigation launched into the Republican Party of Florida’s credit card abuses

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Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that The U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the probe, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges…

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Dean Cannon charged $175,000 to RPOF AmEx card

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More tales of lavish spending by the so-called party of fiscal responsibility.  The Orlando Sentinel reports: As Winter Park Rep. Dean Cannon‘s power and prestige grew, so did his travel and spending on the state Republican Party dime. During a two-year period ending in late 2008, the lawyer slated to become House speaker charged $175,000 to his Republican Party of Florida-issued American Express card, according to credit-card statements obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Expenses ranged from a $19,151 charter flight…

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RPOF says Alex Sink is basically Florida’s Fidel Castro

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From Kyle Munzenrieder:  Fidel Castro took some time out of his busy schedule of not dying to pen a piece for a state newspaper that said President Obama and the Democrat’s recent passage of health care reform a “miracle.” Well, the Republican Party of Florida took time out of their busy schedule of basically giving everybody American Express cards to send out a press release that argued Florida CFO and Democratic governor hopeful Alex Sink is basically Fidel Castro. See,…

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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…

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