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Is Scott Rothstein's political money tainted?



Scott-rothstein It's getting harder and harder to find a major Republican fundraiser in Florida who hasn't been caught up in scandal lately -- Harry Sargeant, Alan Mendelsohn, Jay Odom, and now Scott Rothstein. Gary Fineout has a good summary of the money Rothstein spread around to Florida politicians -- Democrat and Republican alike. We're awaiting a response from the Charlie Crist campaign, but here are some of the statements we've been getting from people funded by Rothstein:

Florida Democratic Party: “As a policy, the Florida Democratic Party returns tainted donations and we hope that the Republican Party would do the same. Currently, we are monitoring the situation regarding Mr. Rothstein, and our lawyer has reached out to the attorneys involved in the case to sort out the facts and the law."

Florida Republican party: "We are certainly very concerned about the serious rumored allegations facing Mr. Rothstein. We are monitoring the situation closely and will determine an appropriate course of action when more information becomes available."

Alex Sink campaign to return $2,000: "These are very serious allegations. The campaign is returning or donating to charity Mr. Rothstein’s and his wife’s personal contributions, as well as contributions from the account of his law firm and AAMM Holdings, LLC. If it becomes clear that others were involved in this matter, it’s our intention to return those contributions as well."

Charlie Crist campaign: "The campaign is aware of and closely monitoring the potentially serious allegations concerning Mr. Rothstein.  We will respond appropriately once the facts are substantiated."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:25pm]


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