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RPOF funded Chris Dorworth mission to Vegas



Vegas-welcome There were a lot of intriguing charges on the Florida GOP credit card wielded by former executive director Delmar Johnson, including the $748 charge for state Rep. Chris Dorworth at The Palazzo Las Vegas - and $1,132 in air fare - when Charlie Crist was there raising money for his senate campaign. Former state GOP chairman Jim Greer, a good friend of Dorworth's, also went to The Palazzo but his tab was $1,120..

"I was requested to attend a series of finance meetings in Las Vegas by the RPOF.  I attended per their request,'' Dorworth, the House Speaker-to-be, explained in an e-mail.

Did he also attend Crist's fundraiser at the Palazzo? What kind of finance meetings? "Finance meetings were obviously meeting with potential donors. It is my policy, and from what I understand the policy of the RPOF, to not comment on the circumstances of our finance events. I did stop in the governor's fundraiser, but to be clear, that fundraiser was not my reason for being out there.

"As you I’m sure you can imagine, many donors who contribute to the RPOF, also contribute to other Republican candidates. When you have several donors in town for a particular event, we often try to set up finance meetings to discuss contributions to the RPOF. The Party requested that I travel to Vegas to attend those meetings with RPOF donors."

Weird that when we asked about Greer travelling with Crist during that October fundraising trip out west, the party said at the time that the chairman was paying his own way.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:30pm]


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