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Crisafulli urges Republicans to return Allied Vets cash



Calling the allegations of fraud committed by the Internet cafes controlleld by Allied Veterans "outrageous", Rep. Steve Crisafulli sent a letter to his Republican colleagues Monday telling him he is donating the money to charity and urged them to do the same.

Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, who is designated to be House speaker in 2016, follows the announcement on Friday by the Republican Party of Florida that the party was donating $300,000 to the non-profit, state-run Florida Veteran's Foundation to compensate for the tainted cash it took.

Here's Crisafulli's letter: From: Steve Crisafulli <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:49:13 -0400
Dear Members,

The information that has come to light regarding the Allied Veterans group and their affiliates is outrageous.

These allegations of fraud - especially in the name of those who risk it all in defense of freedom and our nation – must be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Please find attached a list of entities who may have made political contributions in the recent past. I have directed my treasurer to review my campaign account to identify contributions from any of these entities. My plan is to make a donation to legitimate charity groups who serve our veterans. I encourage you to review your campaign account and consider the response you feel appropriate.  Download Internet Cafe Groups and Affiliates (1)



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