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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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George LeMieux wanted GOP boss to stay; Brian Ballard wanted him gone, source tells Sunshine News

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Gov. Charlie Crist says he wasn’t aware of Jim Greer’s financial freelancing, but he apparently received plenty of input from two of his closest political advisers about the party boss. As reports of Greer’s wheeling and dealing with Republican Party funds and credit cards began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the governor was lobbied hard by George LeMieux and Brian Ballard, according to a source familiar with the situation. LeMieux urged Crist to keep Greer on board; Ballard advised Crist to…

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One anonymous letter leads authorities to Jim Greer

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Republican Party chairman Jim Greer’s precipitous decline started in earnest at the kitchen table of a 76-year-old retiree in Fort Myers, Fla., shortly after Christmas. Gary A. Lee was going through his mail around lunch time in late December 2009, when he came across a white business envelope addressed to him as a member of the state Republican Party’s audit committee. There was no return address. What Lee found in that envelope led to the 47-year-old Greer’s arrest yesterday by…

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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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Delmar Johnson and Jim Greer miss out on 700K as Florida GOP raises 7m in first quarter

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The Republican Party of Florida will report its strongest fundraising quarter since the third quarter of 2008 when reports are filed with the Florida Division of Elections on Monday, April 12, 2010. The RPOF will report more than $7 million in contributions for the first quarterly report of 2010. “Throughout the first quarter of 2010, we have been working diligently to restore the integrity of our party and the faith of our generous donors,” said Republican Party of Florida Finance…

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