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Republican Party paid Jim Norman's legal bills



Even as Jim Norman faced serious questions about the purchase of an Arkansas vacation home, the state Senate candidate was getting a financial vote of confidence from the Republican Party of Florida.

On Sept. 28, the party gave Norman $25,000, though he faced only token opposition in the general election and it was public knowledge that he was under FBI investigation. The party coughed up another $29,932 on Oct. 5. That was four days after Norman, a Hillsborough commissioner, finally admitted that his wife bought the house with the help of $500,000 from a businessman who often lobbied county officials.

Combined, the nearly $55,000 in in-kind "consulting" services is one of the largest direct contributions the Republican Party has made to any Florida legislative candidate since the primary election, according to state campaign finance records. Read more about it here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 3:39pm]


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