Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Timeline of Jim Greer and the Republican Party of Florida

2006

During campaign: Oviedo City Council member and businessman Jim Greer works on Charlie Crist's successful gubernatorial campaign.

November: Crist endorses Greer as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

2007

Jan. 27: In a 102-89 vote by state committee members, Greer is elected chairman over Carole Jean Jordan.

2008

June: As chairman, Greer gets around the state in his own airplane, but racks up more than $85,000 in unpaid airplane bills.

August: Greer irks some by taking sides in Republican primary battles.

Election: Greer comes under fire for his spending decisions during the presidential campaign, including charging personal expenses to the party. Also, it's reported the party did not exhaust its campaign cash in the final weeks, despite saying it had.

2009

Jan. 11: Greer is re-elected chairman 169-52. Greer names Delmar Johnson as the party's executive director.

August: After thousands of dollars in questionable spending is found on party American Express cards, Greer cuts up his Amex card and announces that only the party's chief financial officer will have a card. Questions are fueled by former state House Speaker Ray Sansom's lavish spending.

November: A series of negative headlines turns Greer into a lightning rod. GOP leaders demand a "special emergency closed meeting'' of the party's executive board.

Nov. 19: No action is taken at closed-door meeting.

December: Rumor mill churns that Greer will step down. Party spokeswoman Katie Betta says that's nonsense.

Dec. 10: Al Hoffman, former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, asks Greer to resign. Greer gets a 25-2 vote of confidence from the GOP's executive board.

Dec. 17: At least 50 party officials sign a letter calling for a secret ballot vote on rescinding Greer's chairmanship.

Dec. 18: Crist stands by Greer, "I think he's doing a good job. He works like crazy."

2010

Jan. 5: Greer resigns. "I cannot be a participant in the shredding and tearing in the fabric of the Republican Party," Greer says, accusing critics of spreading false accusations about his leadership and financial management.

Jan. 11: GOP lawmakers confront Greer over a secret contract between Greer and Johnson, the party's executive director. The two-page contract gave Johnson's company, Victory Strategies, 10 percent of the money he raised from major donors.

Feb. 20: State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, is elected the next state party chairman. Leaders call for an exhaustive audit of party records.

February-March: Top GOP lawmakers and party officials negotiate with Greer over a severance package, according to his attorney and documents.

March 15: Internal audit finds Greer was majority owner of Victory Strategies. It is reported to law enforcement.

April 1: Greer sues party, seeking financial damages for breach of contract over severance.

April 2: Crist asks federal authorities to investigate.

April 21: American Express billing statements show $7 million charged on party Amex cards between late 2006 and 2009. Greer charged nearly $500,000 for spa treatments, flowers, flights, hotels and pricey restaurants.

May 18: Johnson signs immunity agreement to reveal evidence against Greer.

May 25: Johnson calls Greer and in a nearly hour-long conversation that investigators secretly record, the two vent about all they'd done for the GOP and the party leaders turning on them. "You never have to worry about me,'' Johnson says.

June 2: Greer is arrested at his Oviedo home just after he cut himself shaving. He is charged on six felony counts of theft, money laundering and orchestrating a scheme to defraud.

June 3: Crist denies knowing about a secret contract at the center of the indictment.

2013

Feb. 11: After multiple delays, a trial is scheduled to begin, but is cut off when Greer pleads guilty to grand theft and money laundering charges.

Source: Times files











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