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RPOF releases $7.3 million in AmEx statements

The Republican Party of Florida released internal records Friday detailing $7.3 million in credit card charges made since 2007.

The bulk of the credit card statements were detailed in previous Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times reports, but the documents included at least $2.5 million in newly disclosed expenses.

Among the new charges: $95,296.80 that former party boss Carole Jean Jordan spent in one month for party events and $1,075 that finance staffer Cameron Ulrich dropped at Nic’s Toggery, a high-end menswear store in Tallahassee.

Altogether, the expenses from 31 cardholders reveal the perks of being the political party in power, awash in special-interest money that fuels the extravagant lifestyles of top GOP lawmakers and staffers.

The statements cover the tenure of former Chairman Jim Greer, whose lavish spending prompted party officials to demand his resignation in January.

Read continuing coverage here.

-- John Frank, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau.

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