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Greer charged personal expenses to party



Bill1 Bill2 Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer charged personal expenses to the state party during a fundraiser this summer, adding fresh details to growing complaints that his money management was hurting the party.
Confronted with a $5,100 bill from July showing he used party money on spa treatments, seafood dinners and limousines during a party fundraiser at the luxurious Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Greer said Friday he would reimburse the party for some of the expenses.
The hotel bill obtained by the Times/Herald showed that Greer and his wife spent $3,600 on a dinner at the hotel’s Brasserie L’Escalier, $200 on spa services, $137 at the seafood bar and $80 on a limousine to the airport during a two-day fundraiser for incoming Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater.

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-- Jennifer Liberto, Times Staff Writer and Mary Ellen Klas, Herald Staff Writer

A spokesman for the party said if the charges to the party American Express card were for personal items “they were a mistake.”
The expenses “should have been applied to the chairman’s card (but) were mistakenly applied to the master account,” said Erin VanSickle, communications director for the party. She later said the bill hadn’t yet been paid so Greer would be able to pay his part of the bill ($412) directly.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:08pm]


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