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GOP Chair John Thrasher: Forensic audit starts Monday



State Sen. John Thrasher, the newly elected Republican party of Florida chairman, say he hopes on the the Big Four accounting firms will be on board to start a forensic audit of the party Monday."We're going to see where it leads us.

 He said he understands the growing number of calls for the party to go ahead and release all the credit card statements, but he made a commitment to party executive committee members and the board to work through them and not make decisions unilaterally. "It's appropriate at this point in time to be deliberate about what we're doing. It's more than just releasing credit card statement. There are some other things out there we need to get to the bottom of - contracts, expenditures, and expenditures by people other than legislators."

Asked about the personal expenses revealed on Rubio's credit card statements, Thrasher said "it's unfortunate it came out" but said he's not going to comment on what's appropriate and what's not. He stressed that no one except the party's CFO has a card today. "I think we've got the right kind of controls in.I think our major donors are starting to understand what's past is past. I'm sensing a renewed spirit."

Asked if he had a party credit card when he was in leadership in the state House, Thrasher scoffed: "Slade wouldn't give me a dime...I had to beg for a Coke every now and then."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:23pm]


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