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Cannon's transfer from RPOF illegal, complaint alleges

Speaker-designate Dean Cannon's transfer of $655,000 from the Republican Party of Florida to his political committee constitutes the acknowledgment of a "leadership fund," according to an elections complaint filed Wednesday.

His Democratic opponent, Amy Mercado of Orlando, named Cannon, the Republican Party, former Chairman Jim Greer and party Treasurer Joel Pate in the complaint to the Florida Elections Commission. She contends the transfer from the party to Cannon's CCE, the Florida Liberty Fund, was illegal, which was a subject of debate as the details emerged amid Greer's ouster.

Those named violated state law "by maintaining (a) leadership fund comprised of any moneys contributed to the RPOF which are designated to be used at the partial or total discretion of Speaker-designate Cannon," the complaint reads.

Mercado cites statement Cannon spokesman Andy Palmer told the Times/Herald that "moving this money to the CCE was part of his plan for securing success in the 2010 election."