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Reassuring GOP donors about Jim Greer's spending



Look for a formal announcement soon about the formation of Victory 2010, the Republican finance operation to help elect the next governor, and other state candidates. Co-chairs include Allan Bense, Al Cardenas, Adam Hasner, and John Rood.

 What sets this victory committee apart from prior ones, numerous fundraisers have been told, is that it will be structured to restrict state GOP Chairman Jim Greer's ability to spend the the money raised. Fair or not, Greer has a reputation for entourages and lavish spending, and many donors are wary about how their donations to the state Republican Party might be spent. Under Victory 2010, checks would have to be signed both by Greer and by Allan Bense.

A party spokeswoman  told Buzz yesterday that the structure still was being ironed out, and that the party would not discuss details like how expenses would be approved. "the RPOF organizes  a Victory effort every cycle- Florida Victory 2010 is no different. We raised over 4 million dollars last quarter because
donors are confident in the Chairman's leadership and the Republican message," said spokeswoman Katie Betta.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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