First on CNN: Florida GOP to donate tainted contributions to charity
March 15th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
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First on CNN: Florida GOP to donate tainted contributions to charity

(CNN) – The Republican Party of Florida will donate $300,000 to charity, in an effort to wash itself of a scandal that forced Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resign early this week, CNN has learned.

The Florida GOP was shedding donations from Allied Veterans of the World and affiliated entities, an allegedly corrupt charity that Carroll consulted for in 2009 and 2010.

Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry said that the money would be donated to the Florida Veterans Foundation. This charity helps homeless veterans, and this money will also help to pay to fly WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial.

"It is outrageous to all Floridians that anyone would use our veterans as a front for criminal actions," said Curry, who noted the state party had identified $271,000 that was donated by Allied Veterans of the World and affiliated entities "in the current and most recent campaign cycle."

"RPOF has a history of supporting the men and women who serve in the military, and we will always do everything we can to support America's veterans," Curry said. "That is why we will contribute a total of $300,000 to this great organization and the heroes they help."

The Florida Democratic Party, which also received contributions from Allied Veterans of the World, said Thursday it would be returning donations related to the charity.

"We are in the process of doing a review of all of our contributions from these entities," party spokeswoman Brannon Jordan said in an interview with CNN. "But we have identified two (contributions) in the amount of $72,000, which we will be returning to charity and that number may grow as we continue our review."

Allied Veterans of the World operates internet gambling parlors, and officials are accused of misusing proceeds for personal gain including purchasing luxury goods for themselves.

Fifty-seven people have been arrested on racketeering and money laundering charges in connection. Carroll, who was elected in 2010, has not been charged.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who accepted Carroll's resignation earlier this week, said law enforcement officials interviewed her "about her work for this company," and she decided to step down "in an effort to keep her affiliation with the company from distracting our efforts to help make sure we do the right thing for Florida families."

CNN's Josh Levs and Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. jonnyg

    Democrats got even more of the tainted money...are they giving it back too?

    March 15, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Name lynn

    The gop is stupid, dumb an mineless.

    March 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Democrats got even more of the tainted money...are they giving it back too?"

    You didn't read the article (the answer is quite clearly yes...they are returning it).

    March 15, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. dannytelevision

    jonnyg...you are whining...did you know that?

    March 15, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Florida Democratic Party, which also received contributions from Allied Veterans of the World, said Thursday it would be returning donations related to the charity."

    As per the article ... yes, jonnyg, Democrats are "giving it back too".

    March 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Pete

    @jonnyg,don't pass the buck on this one guy,Scotts been crooked since pleading the 5th over 85 times in hearings before running for governor and costing the company he worked for HCA 840 million in fines in 2000,1.7billion in 2002 for Medicaid,Medicare fraud....Using his wife now as a president,ceo of a company he once owned doing urine tests for indiviguals getting welfare after Scott passing a bill statewide requiring such tests for getting the plan..Isn't that conflict of interest jonnyg or are you as your republicans in denile also!!Don't throw rocks bud when you yourself is standing in one..Just another uninformed,incompetent republican fool aren't yah jonnyg!!

    March 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Phil Esteen

    Kudos to the GOP for covering their asses with this donation.

    Now if they would only join the rest of America in 2013 and leave America circa 1940 behind, then we might be able to build a strong, less divisive, fiscally sound, less hypocritical nation. America still needs conservative vision, but not blind adherence to the past.

    March 15, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Looks like a contraction for RiP OFF...

    March 15, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Rush

    Is it just me or does the RPOF logo look like it's short for RIP OFF?

    March 15, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Larry L

    Florida Republicans need to focus on two things the Republicans plan to destroy – Medicare and Social Security. Regardless of what "Lyin' Ryan" says with his double-speak his budget ideas require conversion of both programs for Wall Street fat-cats to enjoy.

    March 15, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Send her to China along with the ex mayor of Detroit , the ex mayor of New Orleans and Jessie Jackson Jr, do a prisoner exchange !

    We need long term sentences for political corruption , longterm .

    March 15, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Neon

    For a minute, I thought the sign mean't rip-off. This would not have surprised me one bit.

    March 15, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Marc

    No truth will ever emerge from the lips of a Republican! It is in their DNA to lie about everything and everybody.

    March 16, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  14. Pk duster

    It sounds to me like money landurying does the gop have another al capone out in florida

    March 16, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |