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Romano: A not-so-formal complaint — Attorney General Pam Bondi scammed me

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorses Donald Trump during his March 14 rally at the Tampa Convention Center.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi endorses Donald Trump during his March 14 rally at the Tampa Convention Center.
Published Jun. 8, 2016

Office of the Attorney General Please return completed form to Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi Incomplete forms cannot be processed. Please write legibly Person making complaint: John Romano Complaint is against: Pam Bondi, Attorney General Product or service involved: Public Integrity Date of transaction: Nov. 2, 2010 Have you retained an attorney? No Please describe your complaint here:

To Whom it May Concern:

As I understand it, the Office of the Attorney General is the place to go when residents feel they have been taken advantage of or duped. Bravo! I commend those responsible for providing an outlet for the voiceless to be heard.

Here, then, is my complaint:

As a Florida voter, I feel cheated. Scammed. Hustled. And from talking to acquaintances, I think you will find many, many others who feel similarly misled.

In the months preceding the fall election of 2010, attorney general candidate Pam Bondi pledged to "defend the residents of this state against all types of fraud.'' She also claimed to be an outsider who would function as a legal officer and not a politician. And on multiple occasions, she promised to "protect and guarantee transparency.''

I believe this is called bait-and-switch advertising.

Since being elected attorney general, Ms. Bondi has been a voracious fundraiser and political opportunist. Her work as a consumer crusader seems much less impressive.

I understand the AG's office cannot pursue every consumer inquiry that comes its way, but it seems some standards should be maintained. For instance, the attorney general should not be soliciting campaign donations from someone, say, like Donald Trump, who was under investigation for fraud elsewhere. Or people who have a history of consumer complaints in Florida.

Even a freshman law student would understand that such an appearance of impropriety could have a devastating effect on the public's confidence in the state's top legal official. And yet, Ms. Bondi has done little to explain why she sees no conflict in accepting financial support from someone accused of fraud by nearly two dozen Florida residents.

All of this would seem to be in direct opposition to the many promises she once made to voters.

So I would like to request that the Attorney General's Office investigate the possibly deceptive trade practices of the Florida Attorney General.

Thank you for your attention.

(Note: While the sentiment here is real, the actual complaint is not).


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