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Fla GOP donor pleads guilty in New York bribery scheme



Broidy A prominent California money manager and Republican fundraiser who gave $30,000 to the Florida Republican Party in 2002 and 2006, Elliott Broidy today pleaded guilty to making nearly $1 million in illegal payments to officials overseeing New York's pension fund. In Florida, Broidy gave $100 to Agriculture Commissioner candidate US Rep. Adam Putnam this year; $500 to House Majority Leader Adam Hasner last year; $25,000 to the RPOF in 2006, and $5,000 to the RPOF in 2002.

Said Hasner: "Yes.  I have met him briefly on two or three informal occasions – each time at Republican Jewish Coalition events/meetings.   He personally contributed $500 to my 2008 campaign which was 5/100 of one percent (.050 %) of the total amount I raised during that election cycle (over $995,000)."

State GOP spokeswoman Katie Betta said the $25,000 donation was designated for the party's 2006 Victory effort helping all GOP candidates.

---Sydney Freedberg

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:08pm]


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