Pinellas DEC to GOPers: Return Cappelli Cash
The Pinellas Democratic party went on the offensive late Wednesday, issuing a challenge to county Republican Party chairman Tony DiMatteo to return $2,240 in contributions Angelo Cappelli gave in 2006 and early 2007 to the local GOP. Cappelli, who lost a bid for state House District 52 last year to Bill Heller, was arrested last week and charged with stealing over $100,000 from a deceased client when working for SunTrust Bank.
DEC chairwoman Toni Molinaro said the money should be given to the Pinellas County Community Foundation, the group that was to be the beneficiary of Cappelli's alleged victim's cash. "If we are going to rid our community of political corruption, the place to start is to return ill gotten gains," Molinaro said in a statement.
With a grand jury looking into Republican Property Appraiser Jim Smith's sale of his land to a county run by a GOP-dominated commission, Molinaro went to to say her party intends to make "political corruption" an issue in the 2008 election.