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Greer reels in RPOF credit cards

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Chairman_greer Newly re-elected RPOF chairman Jim Greer says he's doing what families are doing across the state: Cutting back.

Greer is taking away party credit cards from people who don't need them. He is cutting travel budgets. He is eliminating about five jobs. He closed the RPOF office in Tampa. Fundraisers will be held at less expensive venues when possible. Jets are out. Prop planes are in.

"In these challenging economic times, it's important that we constantly be looking at spending practices just like every other Floridian," Greer told the Buzz. "It's a prudent business practice."

He would not say who is losing a credit card and whether that includes presiding officers of the Florida Legislature. Privately, some Republicans have been grumbling about spending by Speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin, who oversaw House races (and by all accounts did a good job beating back the Democratic wave seen nationally.)

"Persons I believe have a legitimate purpose in possessing a card will do so," Greer said.

Greer, who has faced heat over party spending, said he is taking responsibility for past habits, even if they were not his own. He said he started to implement changes after he was re-elected earlier this month.

He would not reveal which jobs have been cut but said some were "transitional" positions that wind down after an election cycle. He is combining some positions and reducing the number of field staff. "I'm certainly helping those employees

As for the Tampa office, he said those duties can be carried out in Tallahassee.

The travel budget will be "significantly reduced," Greer said. That means staffers but also elected officials who travel on the party dime.

You can still expect to see fundraisers at fancy locations, Greer said, but only if donations justify the expense. "I want to see the costs of an event vs. what we take in," he said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:15pm]

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