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Former Florida GOP Chairman Arrested

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Former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer was arrested at his home earlier today and booked at the Seminole County Jail. Greer was indicted by a statewide grand jury with six felonies, including fraud, money laundering and four counts of grand theft.

Greer resigned as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in the midst of controversy over his extravagant spending and partisan abuse of his office in attempting to influence the Senate race in favor of Governor Charlie Crist. He had also come under fire for efforts to purge opponents from the party hierarchy, including elected party officers who were members of the Republican Liberty Caucus and other grassroots reform groups.

The indictments against Greer stem from actions of the fundraising company Victory Strategies LLC, in which Greer was the controlling partner. Greer is accused of transferring all party fundraising to his company without authorization from the Executive Committee and keeping that action secret. He is also accused of misdirecting party funds to his company without approval.

At a noon press conference, State Prosecutor William Shepherd said that Greer took at least $100,000 from the Republican Party for his personal expenses and that Victory Strategies was a shell company created primarily to divert money illegally to Greer.

Greer was a close political ally of Governor Crist and this indictment is likely to further boost the insurgent senatorial campaign of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio going into the August primary.

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  • Cannonshop

    Looks like a step in getting the Florida GOP’s house in order.

  • pablo

    Wow Dave, another political hack alleged to be involved in criminal activity. That really is of note!

    But the fact that the most powerful people in the world are at this moment meeting in Spain, (no Davey thats not conspiracy but fact)that being the Bilderberg Group is of course lost on you. You have good company though, Davey, I am sure the fact that they are currently meeting at this moment is also lost on Clavy, Handguy, Rog, John Lake, Jet, Dan Miller, Chritopher Rose, and numerous others on here that claim to be politically aware.

    The Bilderbergs call the shots, Chatham House-CFR are in charge of implimentation, and Bohemian Grove is there to provide a vacation for the decadent homo erectus scum.

    Thanks for the boring story Nalle.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Getting him out was the key first step. His inevitable punishment is just icing on the cake.

    Dave

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Pablo,

    The conspiracies you allude to and the stacked deck, so to speak, are far more insidious than the actions of mere men. They are systemic.

    What makes you think I’m buying into this charade called American two-party politics?

    Consequently, I would request that you omit my name from your illustrious list, or I shall be forced to be making these public service announcements.

    So let’s save our energies for bigger and better things.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Like Marco Rubio is such a beacon of honesty. I want to see Independents running and winning. The days of the GOP and the Democrats must come to a halt if we are to save this nation.

  • pablo

    Roger,

    Just checking to see if the lights are on bro, in your case I can see that they are :). You name is respectfully omitted from my previous post.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Cool, Pablo. I just don’t want to be misunderstood, as the saying goes.

    You do realize I appreciate your outrage, I hope. And believe me, without getting into the nitty-gritty of the conspiracy theories, I share your sentiment.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    The Bilderbergs call the shots, Chatham House-CFR are in charge of implimentation, and Bohemian Grove is there to provide a vacation for the decadent homo erectus scum.

    I don’t know if I buy into the whole conspiracy by Bilderberg. I watched the Venture program and was inspired but not completely convinced.

    I know this will piss people off, but it’s stuff like this which cause me to be very mindful of our right to bear arms. To me, this is an essential right which must not be compromised. I don’t own a firearm at present. But if things continue to decline at this rapid rate, I will not hesitate to purchase the same to protect my home and my person. That is a right granted me as a citizen. And, for the record, it is also Sarah Palin’s right; so to those who are outraged by that Alaskan Newspaper story — get over it. I may not like the broad but I do believe she is entitled to defend herself.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/scott-deitche/ Scott Deitche

    Florida has a long and illustrious history of corruption in Tally, daitng back to the early 1900s and the close relationship between the Governor’s mansion and organized crime figures in Tampa. We are probably only second to New Jersey, but there’s a real sense of hope that we can take the #1 spot.

    I’m not sure that David’s assessment that this will boost Rubio’s stock will come to fruition. Rubio himself is under a microscope for similar financial shenanigans, and Crist has been a new man since unshackling himself from the increasingly right tilt of the GOP in FLorida. His veto pen has been getting a workout and he stopped some potentially devastating environmentally-unfriendly bills this past session.

    It’ll be an interesting race, and one I hope Crist wins.

  • http://delibernation.com Silas Kain

    Charlie Crist is the man to watch in Florida. There are a couple of things he could do this summer which could turn this race so in his favor that Rubio won’t be a factor. Mr. Speaker may be the darling of the Right but he’s got baggage — huge Samsonite on wheels baggage. But, then again, this is Florida — home of dimpled chads and Boca babes.

  • Clavos

    …And Crist’s own baggage is at least as heavy as Rubio’s…