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State GOP to Jim Greer: That'll be $104,500 please

Former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer will have to pay $104,500 to get records he wants from the party to defend himself against criminal charges.

Party officials say it will cost about $52,900 to search email of more than 100 accounts and retrieve other documents relating to party fundraising and contracts. Then it will cost lawyers and paralegals another $47,500 to review the documents before they can be released.

The figures are included in a motion filed this week by Stephen S. Dobson, attorney for the GOP. He is asking Orlando Circuit Judge Marc Lubet to allow additional time for the search and production of documents. Dobson says he’s been unable to get defense attorney Damon Chase to respond to a request for costs. In ordering the party to produce the records, Lubet said Greer has to pay in advance for the search and copying costs.

Greer faces trial in mid-November on charges of money laundering and fraud in connection with $200,000 the party paid to Victory Strategies, a corporation Greer created to handle a fundraising contract with the party.

Greer says party leaders including former Gov. Charlie Crist knew about the fundraising contract and approved of it.  Greer has testified that he has been forced to depend on food stamps and has no health care coverage for his children since he was forced to resign in early 2010.

Lucy Morgan, Times Senior Correspondent