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Sykes company sends $10K to Sink



A company tied to Republican John Sykes, the founder of a Tampa call center sued by the state while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink was a board member, has poured $10,000 into Sink's political fund.

The contribution from Hyde Park Equity Investments LLC, which also gave $25,000 to the Florida Democratic Party in August, was included in a $41,500 payday last week for Sink's electioneering committee, Lets Hold Them Accountable! The committee can take unlimited donations but must report the contributions within five days.

The call center operator, Sykes Enterprises, was sued in 2000 by the Florida State Board of Administration and others for "knowingly inflated" financial information. Sink, a member of the company's audit committee, was not named in the lawsuit, which was eventually settled for $30 million. Sink told the Times/Herald that she was unaware revenues were exaggerated revenues so the company could borrow against its stock to buy more companies.

Here are other recent contributors to Sink's 527 committee:

$10,000: Hyde Park Equity Investments LLC
$10,000: Tampa personal injury attorney Christopher Ligori
$5,000: Merricks Law Group, injury attorneys based in Lutz
$5,000 Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh, a personal injury firm from Sarasota.
$5,000: Radiology Imaging Associates of Daytona
$5,000: Former Floridians for Better Transportation Chairwoman Maryam Ghyabi and her engineering firm, Ghyabi & Associates.
$1,500: American Industrial Plastics owner J. Gregory Smith or Ormond Beach.


[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:33pm]


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