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IRS complaint form filed against Jim Greer



IRS 1 Remember that IRS complaint filed against Ray Sansom for his eye-catching use of a Republican Party of Florida-issued American Express? Now, an anonymous person has completed similar forms for Gov. Charlie Crist and RPOF Chairman Jim Greer.

"Jim Greer had a RPOF issued Amex card, like Ray Sansom," reads the complaint, a copy of which was mailed anonymously to the St. Petersburg Times. "Greer will not disclose his Amex statements, thus raising suspicion that he has unreported income, etc."

The second complaint asks whether the governor had a charge card. "If so, he should disclose his Amex statements concerning unreported income, etc." But Greer said Crist has never had a card.

Greer said he has no concern over RPOF spending, including his own, saying it all related to party business. "It's unfortunate that the actions of Ray Sansom have created this controversy. But I have no concern as it relates to my expenditures as chairman."

Critics have said Greer should prove himself by releasing AmEx spending forms linked to various party officials, including Senate President Atwater. But Greer has refused. He said Wednesday that as a political organization, RPOF is following the law.

"Let's let the Democrats open their books, and then we'll talk," he said.

RPOF executive director Delmar Johnson said the party has not been contacted by the IRS -- which does not confirm or deny complaints -- regarding Greer or Crist. "Nor are we concerned about it."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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