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Sansom helped secure $200,000 for college



House Speaker Ray Sansom got $200,000 into the current fiscal year budget to help Northwest Florida State College, his new employer, build a "leadership institute," The Buzz has learned.

In an interview today, Sansom confirmed his involvement in the appropriation, which caused a behind-the-scenes stir with the Rubio administration since it was not discovered until late in the process.

Two top top Rubio lieutenants, Mike Hansen and Bob Ward, were asked how the money got slipped in and signs pointed to Sansom, according to a informed source.

Sansom said the leadership institute hosts chambers of commerce and other groups that want to build team and work skills.

But Sansom said his involvement ended there. "None of that has anything to do with me or how I'm paid," he told The Buzz.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:48pm]


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