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UF paid $302,000 in security fees for Richard Spencer speech by mistake

Richard Spencer answers questions during a press conference before his speech at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Jan. 30, 2018

GAINESVILLE — Days after county officials decided not the charge the University of Florida $302,000 in security costs during a white nationalist speaking event featuring Richard Spencer, the school accidentally paid the entire amount.

Now university officials want the money back. University spokesman Steve Orlando tells The Gainesville Sun the wire transfer was made after an "internal miscommunication."

Alachua County spokesman Mark Sexton acknowledges the take-back request from the university has been received, adding that "the county commission will discuss what to do next in due course."

Protesters' chants drowned out Spencer's message. He called the protesters "babies and "pathetic" before ending the event early.

The Sun reports Spencer and his group paid $10,500 toward the event's costs, while the Florida Highway Patrol spent $266,000 on the event.

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