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Lobbyist denies working with Dems



So the Florida Channel and some Senate Republicans are in a tizzy, because of the video the Florida Democratic Party released, which was clearly a product of the Florida Channel.

When the Florida Channel releases any footage recorded from the Legislature, they tell people that the video can't be used for political or commercial purposes; that's in accordance with their contract with the state. The Florida Channel has a record of only one person requesting that particular 2005 video of Sen. Jeff Atwater and it's William Stander of the Property Casualty Insurance Association (who is the lobbyist in the video).

Stander totally denies it. He says he did get a copy of the video, but denies handing it over to Florida Democrats.

"I had nothing to do with it," he said. "Hell, that commercial is more anti-me than anything. It makes me look bad."

The Florida Democratic Party told the Florida Channel that they received the video from a "lobbyist," according to emails Buzz requested between the channel and the Senate President's Office. But the Democratic Party won't tell the Buzz who gave them the video."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:48am]


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