The Florida GOP Meltdown continues. Because I just can’t type fast enough to keep up, here’s a bit of a digest so far:
RPOF Criminal Investigation
A criminal investigation has begun over the Republican Party Of Florida credit card use. The U.S. Attorney, the IRS and the FBI are all involved in the investigation.
From the St. Petersburg Times:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the inquiry, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges that he stashed $6 million in the state budget for an airplane hangar for a friend and campaign donor.
In the federal case, Sansom and others could be charged with making false statements on their tax returns and tax evasion stemming from hundreds of thousands dollars in charges on party credit cards.
No comment from the RPOF.
IRS Investigation Of Marco Rubio
Pseudo-Conservative Marco Rubio, along with Jim Greer, and Delmar Johnson, are now under a separate investigation by the IRS for his Republican Party Of Florida credit card expenses (also from the Times):
….the IRS is also looking at the tax records of at least three former party credit card holders — former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, ex-state party chairman Jim Greer and ex-party executive director Delmar Johnson — to determine whether they misused their party credit cards for personal expenses, according to a source familiar with the preliminary inquiry….
……..The IRS opened the so-called “primary” investigation into Rubio, the leading Republican candidate for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat, and the two former state GOP officials to see if there’s enough evidence to support a full-fledged criminal inquiry, according to a source familiar with the IRS examination…
From the Rubio camp:
Rubio campaign adviser Todd Harris said Tuesday that the former lawmaker from Miami has not been contacted by any federal investigators.
“There is absolutely nothing to this,” he said. “Anyone who is looking into it or investigating will quickly come to the same conclusion.”