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McCarty Under Investigation



Florida's insurance commissioner solicited campaign money from lobbyists for the industry he regulates, urging them to attend a Wednesday night fundraiser for a judicial candidate whose husband also works in the state Office of Insurance Regulation. The CFO's Office is investigating, read more here.

Commissioner Kevin McCarty said through a spokesman that he made phone calls and left messages seeking support for Robin Lotane, wife of OIR spokesman Bob Lotane.  Some of those calls went to insurance lobbyists.

Bob Lotane, who resigned yesterday, emailed this save_the_date.doc for the fundraiser on Sunday to several people in the insurance industry. (Computer geek tip: click on "properties" under "file" menu in Microsoft Word, and see where the invitation was created.)

McCarty said through a spokesman that he didn't know he was the featured host and he hadn't seen the invitations before they were distributed. McCarty skipped the fundraiser.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:44pm]


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