Articles in Category: 'Jim Greer'

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 6, 2010 4:01 PM

Ousted Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer calls them "the four horsemen." But Bill McCollum, Mike Haridopolos, Dean Cannon and John Thrasher do not appear on the prosecution's witness list.

While Gov. Charlie Crist is named 62 times in the investigative report on Greer and could be called as a witness by both the prosecution and the defense, the four top Republicans are nowhere to be found.

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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 4, 2010 9:52 AM

A Senate committee will consider tax relief for property owners affected by the oil spill later this month, along with other possible legislative changes reacting to the crisis.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 1, 2010 4:01 AM
Florida Democrats joined with Republican Rick Scott in demanding Wednesday that gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum appoint an independent prosecutor to continue the criminal case against the state’s former GOP chairman, saying the current probe has forced the attorney general into a legal conflict.
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Former Florida Republican Party Executive Director Delmar Johnson has been ordered to pay $65,093 restitution to the state GOP but faces no jail time nor criminal record for partnering with ex-party boss Jim Greer in what prosecutors called a scheme to steal political contributions.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 14, 2010 12:12 AM
The ghost of Jim Greer is coming back to haunt Bill McCollum.

Until the Republican Party chairman resigned last January amid a storm of controversy over his financial dealings, McCollum was one of Greer's most steadfast supporters. Now the GOP gubernatorial candidate, with his campaign sinking in the polls, can't seem to run away from him fast enough.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 9, 2010 12:20 AM

South Florida Ponzi king Scott Rothstein places himself at the mercy of the court Wednesday, when he will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 8, 2010 12:20 AM

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.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 5, 2010 12:02 AM
The plotline of Florida’s summer of oil got a little thicker last week.

Tar balls started making their way onto Pensacola Beach as sheen from the Deepwater Horizon rig neared the state’s Gulf coastline for the first time since the April 20 disaster. State leaders including Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink all made detours to the Florida Panhandle – with political careers and the state’s tourist industry now at stake.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 4, 2010 12:30 AM
Continuing his stunning -- some say long overdue -- fall from grace, former state GOP chairman Jim Greer was assailed by a Republican National Committee spokesman on Thursday.
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 3, 2010 8:38 PM


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By: Lane Wright | Posted: June 3, 2010 12:26 PM

Gov. Charlie Crist defended his hand-picked Republican Party of Florida chairman, even when the heat was on Jim Greer to resign.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 2, 2010 6:01 PM

Attorneys for indicted clients rarely shy away from hitting hyperbolic high notes. To say that Jim Greer's lawyer, Damon Chase, is heated up is an understatement.

"It's outrageous," the Orlando attorney said of the ex-Republican Party chairman's arrest Wednesday morning. "Twelve armed gunmen stormed his house and held his wife and children at bay while ransacking the place for 3 1/2 hours."

Saying "Elian Gonzalez was treated better," Chase denounced the "government thugs" who pressed the state's case against Greer.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 1, 2010 12:03 AM

While attacking the Republican Party of Florida for reckless credit-card expenditures, the Florida Democratic Party racked up plenty of charge card expenses of its own.

In 2008, the state Democratic Party paid $6,294 in "card member services," according to records obtained by Sunshine State News.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 18, 2010 12:11 AM

When it comes to parties, Karen Thurman is no Jim Greer. But spending by the Florida Democratic Party has rebounded solidly after the FDP's near-death experience in 2004.

Under FDP Chairman Thurman, the party spent $46.3 million from 2007-2009, according to internal financial reports.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 11, 2010 12:49 AM

As more political skeletons emerge from Gov. Charlie Crist's closet, one remains buried -- and fully employed -- in the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Nearly five months after Sheriff Al Lamberti was presented pictorial evidence of his undersheriff, Tom Wheeler, kibitzing with Ponzi king Scott Rothstein, an internal investigation has yet to reach a conclusion about misconduct.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 11, 2010 12:48 AM

Though 31 Republican Party of Florida credit card holders -- staff members, legislative leaders and political aides -- racked up $7.3 million in American Express charges between 2007 and 2010, those fat AmEx expenditures actually represented less than 15 percent of party expenses during that period.

It's a fact, said RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta. The RPOF raised more than $50.9 million during the same period -- and spent more than it took in: $51.6 million.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 8, 2010 12:27 AM

The Republican Party of Florida released credit card records Friday containing more than $7 million in charges racked up by 31 Republicans -- not all of them household names, not all of them even party leaders.

Nevertheless, the release of such records would have been virtually unnecessary had Gov. Charlie Crist not vetoed a bill that would have allowed more transparency in fundraising and expenditures. The bill would have created so-called party affiliation committees through which expenditure reports by both Republicans and Democrats would have been more detailed.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 5, 2010 12:04 AM

The Seminole casino compact approved by the 2010 Legislature could deliver up to $1.2 billion to the state's coffers over the next five years, but the back story on the deal makes that jackpot look like an ill-gotten gain. And some say the state got hosed.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: May 5, 2010 12:11 AM
Under fire from both Democrats and Republicans, the ever-sunny Gov. Charlie Crist is turning into the most ridiculed man in the state Capitol.

But he also remains the most powerful. As long as Crist is in the governor’s office, he commands the state’s biggest political stage and can, as late Gov. Lawton Chiles once said, “put the ball in play every day.”.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 1, 2010 12:41 AM

Where was Jay Burmer when Charlie Crist needed him?

By all accounts, the governor's announcement that he was running for U.S. Senate as an independent lacked the energy and organization that  fueled Crist's campaign events in the past. said the lightly attended St. Petersburg rally "had the feel of the haphazard move it was."

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 28, 2010 5:35 PM

Another friend of Charlie's has resurfaced at an inopportune time for the governor who would be senator.

On the eve of Charlie Crist's anticipated announcement that he will bolt the GOP to run for U.S. Senate independently, longtime Crist ally Jay Burmer grabbed headlines Wednesday with revelations of his $316,000 deal with the Republican Party of Florida.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 22, 2010 3:19 PM

Seeking higher ground in the investigation of the Republican Party's deepening financial swamp, Gov. Charlie Crist could end up sinking his own U.S. Senate campaign.

Crist's call for a federal probe of party credit-card use "may end up working as well as the rest of his campaign tacks — in other words, it may backfire," Robert Costa of National Review wrote Wednesday.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: April 24, 2010 12:27 AM
Florida Republican Party Chairman John Thrasher said Friday that Gov. Charlie Crist’s name didn’t emerge at the huddle of the GOP’s executive board, but those attending clearly see him as central to the troubled era of ousted chairman Jim Greer.

“The governor is the guy who pretty much placed Chairman Greer in the position he did,” Thrasher said, during a break in an expected daylong, closed-door meeting of party leaders.
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: April 23, 2010 11:25 AM
Florida Republican leaders Friday removed the last ties ousted former chairman Jim Greer held to the party, stripping him of his position on the state executive board and his post as Seminole County state committeeman.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 14, 2010 1:40 PM

When Gov. Charlie Crist signed the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act on Wednesday, it might have been the last time Floridians see him in the glowing company of Republican Party leaders.

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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: April 15, 2010 12:28 AM
Florida Republican Party Chairman John Thrasher confirmed Wednesday that he has called a closed-door meeting of the party’s executive committee to update leaders on the lawsuit filed against the state GOP by his predecessor, Jim Greer.
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Posted: April 2, 2010 2:09 PM

What did Gov. Charlie Crist know about Jim Greer’s alleged shenanigans and when did he know it?

And shouldn’t the media be looking just as deeply into the fundraising and expenditure records of the Florida Democratic Party?

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 2, 2010 4:14 PM
Gov. Charlie Crist's call to forward the investigation of former state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer to the U.S. Attorney's Office is being hailed by some as an appropriate step. Others say it's pure political theatrics.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 1, 2010 12:12 AM
Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, whom Gov. Charlie Crist hand picked to lead the party, is the subject of a criminal investigation for authorizing a sweetheart deal between the party and a company in which he owned a majority interest.

On Tuesday, current RPOF Chairman Sen. John Thrasher, of Jacksonville, released an independent audit of the RPOF that he had ordered after taking over the state party.
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