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RPOF: We didn't offer Jim Greer 'hush money'



The Republican Party of Florida has not attempted to settle a civil suit filed against them by former GOP chairman Jim Greer, according to a lawyer for the party.

"The Republican Party of Florida has never made an offer to pay Jim Greer any money to settle his lawsuit, not one dollar not one red cent,'' said Stephen Dobson, the Tallahassee lawyer who represents the party.

Dobson made the statement Thursday after Greer and his lawyer, Damon Chase, claimed that the party was pushing for a secret settlement that would pay Greer "hush money.''

Party officials did have a meeting with Greer and Chase in September 2011 and agreed to keep the details discussed at the meeting confidential. That written agreement became public this week after Orlando Circuit Judge Marc Lubet agreed to allow Chase to use it as evidence when Greer goes on trial for money laundering and fraud in November.

Chase and Greer contacted reporters with copies of a newly released "confidentiality agreement'' signed by Andy Palmer, former executive director of the party and initialed by Chase, Dobson and Steve Andrews, another lawyer who represented the party at the time.

Chase said the document is proof that the party was trying keep Greer quiet.

Lucy Morgan, Times Senior Correspondent

[Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:08pm]


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