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Crist said to know about Greer's secret deal

Gov. Charlie Crist personally signed off on his former Republican party chairman's confidential fundraising gig with the state party -- according to Jim Greer's attorney, whose allegation contradicts the governor's statement that he "didn't know anything'' about the deal now part of a criminal investigation.

State investigators say Greer and the party's former executive director, Delmar W. Johnson III, secretly set up a shell company called Victory Strategies to divert party money and enrich themselves. Greer was charged Wednesday with fraud and money laundering.

But Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, said Saturday that the deal giving them a 10 percent cut of party donations was legal. What's more, Chase said Crist's former right-hand man, now U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, first proposed the idea that they earn a fundraising commission to save the party money and replace the $30,000-a-month contract with fundraiser Meredith O'Rourke.

"You guys work hard. You deserve it,'' Chase said Greer was told by the governor as they played pool in February 2009 at a Palm Beach golf tournament.

Full story here. Said LeMieux's spokesman, Carlos Curbelo: "It is disappointing but not surprising that in a state of desperation and disarray, the former chairman would make such frivolous allegations."

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joe

Is Sargeant paying Eric Johnson to work on Crist's campaign too? They are close friends after all.

whasup

This is exactly the type of thing that Shucking Chuckles was afraid of, what with all the federal investigations of campaign cash and pay-to-play going on right now. The question is, which federal investigation Greer's lawyer is shopping his statement around to.

Harry Maynard

Without a doubt Charlie Crist is the best Headwaiter this State has ever had. Trouble is he likes big tips for acting like he's helping you.

What is Charlie's who I worked for at one time.core principle ME-ISM

I still get a kick out of those ads he ran "I'm a Ronald Reagan Conservative"

WWMD?

Harry Maynard: Have you ever taken a grammar class? What you just wrote makes no sense. Maybe you can try again. Better luck next time.

Gene

Next indictment: Charlie, Lemieux,..

Not a chance they didn't know about the secret deal. What else whas Lemieux doing to be earning $10,000.00 from RPOF?

Florida Independent Voter

I'm glad to see the media is now showing the public what a CROOK and a LIAR Crist really is! We need to vote this man out of office in November!

Jimmy Grearhead

Now we know what Crist meant when he said the Republican Party was moving away from his pincipals, the ran from him.

So Charlie became an Independant and tried pimpin-out his Senate vote to whomever was willing to help he get that seat, tried talking to both Mitch Mcconnell and Rahm Emanual
by phone.

He's now got himself a bad connection!

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