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Release of Florida GOP internal audit expected this week

State GOP Chairman John Thrasher had a hastily arranged conference call with members of the state party's executive board Wednesday, where it was agreed the party should release a recently completed forensic audit of its books.

"The Executive Board of the Republican Party of Florida unanimously voted today, during a conference call, to release the forensic audit of the party's finances detailing the gross mismanagement of the Party under Gov. Charlie Crist and his hand-picked chairman Jim Greer. The audit by Alston & Bird LLP will be released Friday," Thrasher said in a prepared statement.

On Saturday the board had said it would indefinitely keep the audit report private, which apparently prompted calls from within party ranks to reconsider and make the report public.

Thrasher ordered the audit after allegations surfaced that high ranking legislators and staff had misused party credit cards for personal use, misused expense reports and that Greer entered into a secret fundraising contract with former RPOF executive director Delmar Johnson.

Greer was forced out as head of the state GOP in January 2010 and indicted in June on six counts of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud. He is accused of defrauding the GOP and donors to a political committee by laundering $165,000 through a shell company called Victory Strategies.

Crist, who left the Republican Party and is now running for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate, denied knowing anything about the company and its fundraising arrangement.

Release of Florida GOP internal audit expected this week 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:38pm]

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