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Sansom collects $18,725 for legal defense fund

The legal defense fund set up for ex-House Speaker Ray Sansom has raised $18,725, according to a newly filed disclosure form. The money comes entirely from Panhandle residents, including members of Sansom's family.The biggest donation, $5,000, came from accountant Stephen Riggs of Destin. (list is here)

Sansom, R-Destin, has been indicted on felony charges stemming from $6 million he got for a Destin Airport building a grand jury concluded was intended to benefit political contributor Jay Odom's corporate jet business.

In a June 11 solicitation letter, Sansom's brother Randy called the indictment led by State Attorney Willie Meggs "politically motivated" and said the cost of the case would be about $100,000. "Ray does not have the financial means to pay these fees and needs your help!"