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Gov. Rick Scott spoke by phone with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today (if it was really Gov. Walker, of course.) but according to the Palm Beach Post, Scott didn’t reveal much about the call:

Scott earlier in the day also spoke briefly by phone with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose pension overhaul and bid to end collective bargaining for public employees has spawned days of protests and a walkout by Senate Democrats.

“I talked to him about how he’s doing, I’m sure it’s tough,” said Scott, who plans to leave Thursday this weekend’s Republican Governors Association meeting.

”He’s not going to be able to come,” Scott said of his Badger State bro.

Yeah, it’s tough for poor Gov. Walker. Imagine, taking all that money and handing it over as corporate tax cuts while teachers and other public workers won’t sit back and allow their collective bargaining rights be taken away along with their pay cuts in return. The nerve! Human rights? Pshaw. Think how tough that’s been….for Gov. Walker.

No mention of Gov. Walker’s earlier conversation with fake David Koch yesterday, specifically this part:

“I talk to Kasich every day. John’s going to stand firm in Ohio. I think we do the same thing with Rick Scott in Florida. I think (Rick) Snyder, if he got a little support, could do the same thing in Michigan. I think if you go down the list, a lot of us new governors got elected to something big. “

Something big. Like say, destroying the middle class big? If so then, yes, we’ve noticed that. It seems to be a pattern. Too bad it isn’t working out the way they’d planned. People are funny when you strip away their livelihood and their rights. Who knew it would turn out this way?

The other thing in that phone call that was revealed was the mention of the upcoming long weekend at the Republican Governor’s Association meeting. Too bad poor Gov. Walker won’t be able to make it, as Gov. Scott lamented. After all, he’ll miss the next part of the plot when the Governors double down on their next plan of attack. Although, it’s not like the old days. We have technology now that will allow Gov. Walker to be there without really being there. Perhaps they can do a conference call or something. Think Gov. Walker will be up for that? OK, maybe if they use a secret password? Let me think.

Oh here’s one: “Sucker.”

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Republicans have shown true to form in their united front in the “War On Civility” and in the wake of yesterday’s memorial, and they wasted little time trying to portray themselves as the victims of this entire incident, which began say, oh I don’t know, within hours of the shootings?

Well, the latest hypocrisy from the “up is down” world of the conservative mind is this one, from The Hill:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused liberals of wanting to “manufacture” a political controversy over conservatives’ rhetoric even before the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Paul, in dismissing the notion that alleged shooter Jared Loughner was motivated by political ideology, accused some Democrats of trying to exploit the attack as a way of boxing in Republicans.

“Well, these are the kind of things that I think some on the left decided to manufacture even before the events occur…

“I’m not surprised that they do it,” Paul said of the attacks on rhetoric. “I do think they should be ashamed of themselves for doing it and [it] really just has no place in this discussion.”

Yes, those who point out the dangerous behavior should be ashamed of themselves for doing so. Coming fresh off of his arm-chair psychiatric-ophthalmologist diagnosis of Jared Lee Loughner as a paranoid schizophrenic, I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising.

Also coming from the Department of What Would You Expect? it comes on the heels of another ugly incident. You’ll recall that during Rand Paul’s campaign for the Senate, a young woman had her head stomped on at one of his events for holding up a sign in protest. There too the blame was placed on the “stompee” rather than the “stomper” who then went on camera to say he thought she should apologize to him.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that there will be more of the same coming from this crowd, because as we all saw yesterday, their own ever classless national embarrassment that is Sarah Palin kicked off the disgusting “Blame The Victim Game” (which of course Republicans never play themselves, except when they do) along with a little anti-semitism thrown in just to spice the rhetoric she never uses up a notch or two for sport. She may be the most honest one in the party. She didn’t retreat, she reloaded. And then some.

Sorry, but this won’t fly. There’s a lot more of these “incidents” out there to point to, and no doubt there may be worse coming if the last 24 hours are a guide.

Blaming the dead and wounded victims may work for some of the heartless, gutless, loyal followers of the GOP, the Tea Party, and/or the Conservatives, whichever title it is they choose, but there are more of us out there who are actually human, and that was clearly illustrated last night during the memorial service which they mocked right out of the gate.

Blame is pretty hard to deny when it’s staring you in the face.

Or should I say staring up at you from the curb underneath your boot?

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It’s THAT simple.

They’ve been telling you this all along, and they mean it. The extremist wing of the Republican Party, Tea Party, want to “take this country back.” While they’ve been rallying all over the country rounding up those who are easily fooled into voting against their own self-interest and will proudly don hats with Tea Bags dangling from the brim, they’ve distracted them from their real agenda. They want to take the country back…and away from you, and sell it to the highest bidder.

As if eight years of the Bush Administration weren’t damaging enough to the country, the Republicans are hell-bent on gaining power back in next week’s election for an even bigger and more destructive “fleecing of America” and they’ll do ANYTHING to get there. If you don’t believe that, take another look at the video of the “head-stomping” of a 23 year old woman in Kentucky for merely holding up a protest sign at a Rand Paul debate.  And that’s not the only time it’s happened. The silence from the Republican Party speaks volumes: they condone it.

They are serious. They want to take the country further back than you can imagine and replace the flag with this one, while they wrap themselves in it and call themselves “patriots.”

While the “stomping” may or may not have been designed to scare voters, it should. Fearful voters should head to the polls to make sure that “takeover” doesn’t happen.

Last night Keith Olbermann illustrated this point extremely well, and he showed many of the players along with their extreme views, and they aren’t pretty. There were a few I had never even heard of and chances are I’m not the only one. But Olbermann ended with the so-called “darling” of them all, who said the following concerning immigration:

“There are millions of people in America that hate our country, so why can’t we just do a trade? We’ll send you Sean Penn, Janeane Garofalo and Keith Olbermann, and you can send us people that actually love this country and want to help us build it.”

Who said this? Florida’s U. S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, himself the son of immigrants. Rubio “loves his country” like he loves a meal ticket. Just look at his record so far in Florida. He’s leading in the polls right now. If you don’t vote he could very well win, and he could be “doing a trade” with anyone who doesn’t share his views, just for starters. I haven’t heard him condemn the head stomping of that young woman either. Have you?

If you haven’t seen it, watch these videos, or read the transcript, and then GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE. Because we can’t afford two more years of obstruction, much less putting government on hold so the Republicans can take back the White House in 2012. That pie in the sky is NOT sustainable, and the very people that want to be back in charge are either clueless about that or they don’t care.

Either way, as Olbermann said: “if they win, America loses.”

Part 1

Part 2


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“I don’t know how we market in Florida.”

"I don't recall, I don't know what you mean by...., what do you mean by...., I wouldn't know, I'm not sure, say the question again, I don't know what that definition is, I'm not sure I understand, I have no idea, I'm not sure what you mean by...., Could you define what you mean by....? It looks like my signature....but what's your question?"

Here is some long awaited footage from a deposition Rick Scott gave on March 17, 1995. Scott’s former company, Columbia/HCA Health was fined a record $1.7 billion on charges of Medicare fraud, although Scott was never charged. Scott invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 75 times in another case.

To say he’s a bit “evasive” in this deposition is an understatement. Keep in mind as you watch, Scott is also a lawyer.

You can read a summary of the cases and depositions here.

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Marco Rubio is a busy little fundraising bee and out with a fresh new send me more money e-mail to supporters. So if you’re a supporter and you’re thinking of sending him some of your hard-earned cash, you may want to wait, because if he gets elected, chances are you’re going to need it a LOT more than he will. After all, when someone is funding a campaign, chances are the candidate is going to legislate more in favor of the bigger, deeper pockets, rather than individuals who give them a few little checks here and there, right?

As of today, here’s a glimpse of where he’s getting some of his larger contributions:

Club for Growth Action $35,366.00
National Right to Life $173.00
Republican Majority Campaign $10,566.00
Senate Conservatives Fund $78,532.00

Now take a look at these organizations for a minute.

Club For Growth: $35,366.00

As you’ll recall, Rubio has done a lot of flip-flopping lately on the matter of privatizing Social Security, and I believe as of today he’s saying he’s not in favor of doing that. Really? Because this organization, which has spent $35,366.00 on Rubio, recently left little doubt what their views are on that subject. They’re the “PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY? HELL YEAH!” guys.

They also think the recently released GOP “Pledge To America” doesn’t go far enough with tax cuts for the rich, among the other recycled ideas that brought us to the mess we’re in at the moment.

Today featured on the front page of the website is a blog post cheering on Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-As In Tea BaggeR) latest move: shutting down the Senate. DeMint is also one of Marco Rubio’s biggest fans, and he’s brought him a large share of cash to prove it. Along with Rubio, DeMint is also a big fan of the rest of the right wing-nut Tea Bagger crowd, like Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, and Rand Paul just to name a few.

Also something that might be of interest to Florida voters, Jim DeMint also blocked subpoena power for the oil spill commission back in July, and yes, that oil spill. Rubio is a well-known member of the “Drill, Baby, Drill Club” too, as you’ll probably recall.

National Right To Life $173.00

Granted, they’ve given less, but they gave just the same. Check out their website, if you’re not already familiar with them and see if you don’t have nightmares for a while. They don’t like health care any more than they like abortion, like Rubio.

Republican Majority Campaign $10,566.00

The name of this group speaks for itself, but I suggest you still check out the website if you’re considering a vote for Rubio, or ANY Republican for that matter. They’re a colorful group, but by colorful I mean “colorful ideas.” Among the recent articles from their site:

“Obama Speaks the Language of His Fathers – Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao & Sotero” and “Obama’s DOJ Refuses To Prosecute Black-On-White Cirme.” I told you they were colorful. They’ve got more where those came from, and each idea whackier than the last and just as dangerous. Did I mention that their main goal is to become the majority? Wouldn’t that be a hoot! Getting Rubio elected would certainly help them along.

Had enough yet? Let’s get to the last one, shall we?

Senate Conservatives Fund $78,532.00

Here again, as we’ve learned from watching Marco Rubio and his ilk, conservatives today are NOT what they used to be, in that there’s nothing “conservative” about them. Today “Conservative” translates to “Tea Bagger.” They love money and hate big government (except with matters pertaining to the uterus), health care, and immigrants, but love guns and the unborn. After actual birth, well, you’re on your own. Anything like Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits, to name a few, they don’t care for and so you can’t have them. They’re also quite fond of Sen. Jim DeMint, so much so that they’ve honored with a nice big picture on the front of their website, along with the group of Tea Bagger candidates mentioned above and a few more. Rubio is there too. There’s really not much on their website, it seems to exist just for donations. Here’s a look at some of that, if you’re so inclined.

So there you are. Just  small glimpse into the funding behind Marco Rubio. That we know of.

Who do you suppose he would most represent?


According to the Miami Herald, there’s an addition to the list above.

We can now add Karl Rove’s “Super PAC” American Crossroads to the tune of nearly $250,000. Details here.

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Over the weekend Florida Attorney General and candidate for governor, Bill McCollum, campaigned on his “Real Solutions New Jobs Bus Tour.” On the third day of the tour Saturday, he sent out a message on Twitter about a concert he was attending. It was a “Sean Hannity Freedom Concert.”

Freedom Alliance, founded by Lt. Col. Oliver North, is the organization that gets all of the net proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise from the Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts, which in turn “aids greatly” in Freedom Alliance’s effort to assist hundreds of families who have lost their loved ones while they were protecting and defending our nation and our freedoms.”

Note the words: “aids greatly.” Back in March, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, Freedom Alliance and Lt. Col. Oliver North which alleged that:

Hannity and Freedom Concerts have engaged in illegal and deceptive marketing practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members. In fact, the concerts are staged by Premiere Marketing, which is headed by Duane Ward – also the head of Premiere Speakers Bureau, which exclusively represents Mr. Hannity and Lt. Col. North. After staging the concerts, Premiere donates an unknown portion of the concert proceeds to the Freedom Alliance.

According to CREW, Hannity promoted the concerts on his show and claimed:

“Every penny, 100 percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund.” Similarly, promoting the concert on Hannity’s program, Lt. Col. North has said, “There’s no overhead. There’s no expenses taken out. Every penny that’s donated or that’s raised through things like the Freedom Concerts” goes to the scholarship fund.” In addition, Hannity has pledged that all the proceeds of his new book, “Conservative Victory,” will go to Freedom Alliance.

CREW states that copies of the complaints were also sent to the attorney generals of the states in which concerts are scheduled to be held this summer.

States like Florida, which hosted the concert in Orlando. The Freedom Concert that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum attended, and wrote about in those Tweets above, and in a “blog entry” about the concert and Freedom Alliance on his campaign website.

From McCollum’s website:

Later in the day, the RV made its way to Orlando for the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert. Backstage, Bill met with Lt. Col. Ollie North. On the stage, Bill fired up the crowd and expressed his appreciation for those who have and continue to serve our nation.  As a veteran and a father to a soldier, Bill was proud to participate in the Freedom Concert, which has raised over $10 million for the Freedom Alliance and the families of permanently disabled soldiers since 2003.

From the Freedom Alliance website:

Since 2003, over $10 million has been raised for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund through the Freedom Concerts and generous donations from the Sean Hannity Show and its listeners. The Scholarship Fund is designated for the education of children of U.S. service members who have been killed or 100% permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident. Freedom Alliance receives all net proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise, aiding greatly in Freedom Alliance’s effort to assist hundreds of families who have lost their loved ones while they were protecting and defending our nation and our freedoms.

Also according to CREW, when Freedom Alliance first formed, the IRS conditioned its charitable tax status on the organization removing politically partisan materials from its website and warned it not to intervene in political campaigns.

So, if the Florida Attorney General knows about this, since he would have received notice from CREW, wouldn’t you think that the Attorney General, now also candidate for Governor, might want to steer his campaign clear of such an organization, whether it boasts giving 100% of its proceeds to families of the troops, or whether it just “aids them greatly” in their efforts? As a “veteran and father of a soldier” is he proud to participate with an organization whose actual support for the troops is being looked at by the Federal Trade Commission? As of June 2, the complaint had made its way to the Florida Division of Consumer Services, and the organization, as this letter shows. Wouldn’t the organization also want to stay away from political campaigns and candidates, since they have been aware of a conflict of sorts since 1993 when they formed? No?

And not just Bill McCollum and those affiliated with the organizations. Bill McCollum wasn’t the only one there:

First Gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Bill McCollum said a few words, then Sean introduced Marco Rubio as the next U.S. Senator from Florida;) Rubio was then followed by the GOP candidates for Attorney General, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, Holly Benson and Pam Bondi.

Attorney General, Governor, U.S. Senate. Looks like Florida’s GOP candidates have this one covered.

Is this “supporting the troops” or exploiting the troops?

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Ever since the BP oil disaster everyone’s noticed that Dick Cheney has been awfully quiet. While that’s true, it doesn’t necessarily mean he hasn’t had his views “represented.” While even she was out of sight for the most part soon after the gusher, “Daddy’s little deferment,” Liz Cheney popped up once more last Sunday opposite Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington on ABC’s “This Week” where she joined George Will for some good ole’ fashioned Obama bashing, claiming among other things that “to blame her father and Bush for the BP disaster was to “demonize” them.” (I say ridiculous! They’ve done a great job of that all by themselves without any outside help.) She went on to demonstrate her expertise at being the daughter of someone famous for their ability to do the wrong thing consistently by saying: (and I want to get the quote correct here) “Blah, blah, blah, dithering, and blah!”

Not that the Cheneys are the only ones who want to divert our attention from the fact that the GOP and their so-called “conservative” policies are what got us into this mess in the first place. There are plenty more because they want to win elections so they can keep doing the very same things.

They don’t care for the part of “big government” that requires things like the rich paying their fair share of taxes, or the part that impedes the corporations making big profits by cutting back on things like regulations. And yet when the mess they caused starts washing up in front of their beach houses, they cry “where’s Obama??” or scream “give me my bailout or the economy gets it!” “Conservatives” they ain’t.

Just in time for help in diverting attention comes the “new GOP,” also known as the “Tea Party” (or “Tea Baggers” depending on who you ask). The party has been dumbed down considerably over the last few years, even by their standards. This year there’s a whole new crop of blank slates at the ready just waiting for their talking points memos. It seems some of the new crowd are as dumb as a bag of rocks and will say anything for $$.

That brings us to the self-proclaimed “fiscal conservative” Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was “fiscally conservative” before he wasn’t” fiscally conservative.” On his Rubio for Senate website his income when he was first elected to the Florida House is listed as “82,710, but he was bringing in $399,187 by the time he left. That’s a hefty jump in income while serving as a state legislator. (Click on the link that says “Personal Financial Disclosure, Senate PFD” and instead you’re directed to a Rubio campaign donation page. Click on it a second time and it leads to another campaign page.) “Conservative” he ain’t. Just in case you need further evidence of this, there’s a nicely detailed post about Rubio’s Tea Bagger facade and his dealings with Wall Street by Howie Klein over at “Down With Tyranny!”

On Saturday Rubio showed up for an interview with Larry Kudlow on CNBC to “answer questions” on offshore oil drilling, the BP mess, and that little matter of BP paying dividends to shareholders.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow pressed Marco Rubio hard and repeatedly today on the question of offshore drilling, prompting the candidate’s reluctant confirmation that he opposes a moratorium on offshore drilling, opposes forcing BP to stop paying dividends to shareholders, and supports continued drilling off Florida’s coasts in the long run — an issue that seems to offer Charlie Crist his clearest shot at victory in the Senate race.

To put it mildly, right now Floridians aren’t exactly in the mood for offshore oil drilling no matter how far off the coast, and they’re not inclined to say things like: “By all means, please give shareholders their dividend checks, we’ll worry about cleaning up all this oil later. Our seafood industry can wait and fishermen can suck it up for a couple more decades or so! BP’s shareholders should come first!” It would be pretty dumb for a politician to side with BP over the voters, wouldn’t it?

Why yes it would be, and Marco Rubio isn’t one to disappoint in that department! Queue the standard interview talking point:

“In the long term, offshore drilling has to be part of our overall energy strategy,” Rubio said. “Other countries are going to do it, and if they have an accident, that’s going to impact [the U.S.] just the same.”

(Sure. Other countries are doing it and they’re going to blow up rigs and spill too. So? Meh.)

How do you handle oil coming ashore in Florida? What do you do?

“That depends on the federal government, and we’ve seen the trouble in Louisiana!” (No answers, but he blames government.)

“I believe in limited government, but I also believe in an effective government!” (It’s pretty hard for government to be effective when government is so limited and no one pays taxes.)

“Where was the government? We knew these rigs were out there! Where was the technology?” (Perhaps Cheney can tell you.)

“Bobby Jindal deserves a bronze star, gold medal, whatever….for all the hard work he’s had to do!” (Like feigning outrage during photo-ops? For spending only $3 million of the $25 million BP grant money for spill expenses? For only calling up 1,110 of the National Guard’s 6,000 authorized? Maybe Rubio would prefer Jindal receive a purple heart for his wounded ego too?)

Does Rubio oppose congressional action to prevent BP from paying dividends to their shareholders?

“I’ve never been in favor of interfering in the markets.” (Never mind that BP blew up a rig, killed 11 people, injured many others, and are well on their way to destroying the Gulf of Mexico and the ecosystems in the Gulf and four states so far. What would a fiscal conservative, or Cheney do? That’s right: “You’re doing GREAT BP! Profits all around!”)

Are you in favor of offshore drilling in Florida?

“We need to fix it and find out how it happened, learn how it happened so it doesn’t happen again.” (Why not ask your new BFF Cheney how it happened?)

Again, are you in favor of an offshore drilling moratorium?

“I don’t understand what the reasoning is, unless there’s something on those rigs that we don’t know about.” (You don’t understand what the reasoning is?? Pay attention. There were hearings and everything….) “We need to find out how it happened so it doesn’t happen again.”

I have to ask again, are you in favor of drilling?

“Uh…..well….yes, BUT its got to be safe.” (It isn’t safe.) “We need to fix it and find out how it happened so it doesn’t happen again. It’s got to be safe. China, Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, they’re all going to be drilling off of our coast anyway and there’s nothing we can do to stop them. And Venezuela doesn’t like us.” (I heard Rubio say this on Friday as well. My reaction was the same then too: huh??)

The polls show that Floridians are in favor of a ban on offshore drilling. Do you favor a special session to ban drilling?

“We don’t need a special session to ban something that’s already illegal.” (So you aren’t in favor of letting voters decided? But isn’t that kind of like something a big government “taking over” would do?) “But we need to find out what happened so it doesn’t happen again.” (Yes, I believe you’ve mentioned that. Several times.)

“Let me just say I’m the only candidate willing to say that the government and Obama have done a terrible job with this oil spill.” (Yes, but then you’re also the only one to get an endorsement from Dick Cheney. But good boy. You did what you were told. You can probably get your allowance and go home now.)

“One more question. Mr. Crist is going to run against offshore drilling, and you are going to run in favor of it, do I have that right?”

“We need to fix it and find out how it happened so it doesn’t happen again……..”

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When there’s bad news to reveal in the political world, you can always count on hearing about it on a Friday. So true to form, the Republican Party of Florida chose this past Friday as the day to release those now famous American Express credit card statements.

Among the 31 card holders was big spender and former RPOF executive director Jim Rimes who apparently won the “Most Expensive Happy Meal” contest at a whopping $2.2 million! (From 2007 on.)

Meanwhile other notables were Delmar Johnson: $1.4 million, Jim Greer: $478,000, Ray Sansom: $167,000, and Marco “That’s One Heck Of A Back Wax” Rubio: $87,000.

Gosh, I wonder if those Republicans paid their bills on time, since interest rates these days are fierce! On the other hand, if they didn’t, well I’ll just bet they hope all those consumer protections kick in soon when financial reform passes……oh, wait…..they belong to the Party of Wall Street too. Oh well, anyway, below is the list of those who said “Just Put It On My Tab” with a vengeance:

From the St. Petersburg Times:

The Republican Party of Florida released 2,452 double-sided pages of credit card statements Friday revealing 31 card holders spent about $7.3 million from January 2007 through March 2010. Below is the list of every card holder and how much they spent. (Do note that the totals only reflect charges starting in 2007, even though many of these officials held American Express cards prior to that date.)

Jim Rimes, former executive director: $2.2 million 

Delmar Johnson, former executive director: $1.4 million 

Melanie Phister, aide to former Speaker Ray Sansom: $1.2 million 

Debbie Bishop, deputy finance director: $694,000 

Jim Greer, former chairman: $478,000 

Cameron Ulrich, Senate campaigns finance director: $208,000 

Carrie Madden, Senate campaigns staffer: $175,000 

Ray Sansom, former House speaker: $167,000 

Dean Cannon, incoming House speaker: $124,000 

Jeremy Collins, special assistant to Greer: $118,000

Carole Jean Jordan, former party chairwoman: $99,000

Marco Rubio, former House speaker: $87,000

Andy Palmer, political affairs: $87,000 

Andrew Wiggins, Senate campaigns deputy director: $80,000 

Allan Bense, former House speaker: $67,000

Kristin Seidel, finance staffer: $64,000 

Jeff Atwater, Senate president: $44,000 

Susan Miller, aide to former Senate President Ken Pruitt: $41,000 

Amanda Clark, Senate campaigns finance staffer: $26,000 

Dane Eagle, special assistant to Gov. Charlie Crist: $25,000 

Ken Pruitt, former Senate President: $21,000 

Sandra Stevens, Senate campaigns aide: $16,000 

Roger Beaubien, House campaigns staffer: $15,000 

Richard Swarttz, party chief financial officer: $12,000 

Richard Corcoran, general counsel: $10,000 

Rachel Chandler, Senate campaigns staffer: $9,000 

Joel Springer, Senate campaigns director: $8,000 

Daniel Webster, former House speaker: $4,000 

Michael Yaworsky, aide to Greer: $3,000 

Mike Haridopolos, incoming Senate president: $2,000 

Melissa Francisco, Senate campaigns staffer: $0 **

** Francisco didn’t make any charges after January 2007, though she used the card in prior months not disclosed.

*These figures are rounded. The total of this list will not equal the total $7.3 million in credit card expenses reported in the Republican Party’s state and federal accounts from January 2007 through March 2010.

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