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Forensic auditors won't touch RPOF



Six weeks after newly elected GOP chairman John Thrasher promised an immediate "forensic audit," the state party has yet to hire a firm to conduct the exhaustive review.

The forensic audit — promised by Thrasher minutes after he took the helm on Feb. 20 — will likely cover the same ground as state and federal investigators once it starts. Thrasher said the delay is not hurting the party. He said he hopes to hire a firm by early next week and complete the investigation within a month.

The party approached the Big Four accounting firms without success. Apparently leery of being dragged into a volatile GOP scandal, none of them bid on the job. "I'm not sure they want to get involved in something that is this politically oriented," said Thrasher, a St. Augustine state senator. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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