The Florida Bulldog:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration knew in 2015 when it offered $162,000 in tax-refund incentives to Pompano Beach assault rifle maker Kalashnikov USA that the company was doing business with a Russian arms giant that was blacklisted by the U.S.
Here's what confidential state records obtained by Florida Bulldog say about RWC Group LLC, a privately held American company which operates under the brand name Kalashnikov USA:
"The Company has the exclusive license to manufacture and distribute products designed and under the brands of Concern Kalashnikov, a Russian military, hunting and sporting firearms manufacturer founded in 1807," says a July 17, 2015 Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) memo.
"The Company's products are marketed under the Kalashnikov USA brand and are produced with state-of-the-art computer numeric control design and manufacturing systems, allowing for improved fit and finish. The Company's product line includes semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. The Company's products are available through direct dealers nationwide."
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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:
"RWC Group, LLC was awarded a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund in October 2015, but did not receive any incentive funding because the contract was terminated. Absolutely zero state tax dollars went to this company."