By Gary Fineout
Time for some inside the bubble news here in Tallahassee:
LATVALA DONATIONS….Five years ago in the immediate aftermath of the Allied Veterans of the World charity gambling scandal, the Republican Party of Florida donated $300,000 to a veterans charity. That was the same amount that Allied Veterans had given the state party. The party made the move after the arrests of dozens of people connected to Allied Veterans and the resignation of then-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. (Carroll was never charged with any wrongdoing and in the end no one did any lengthy jail time in connection with the incident.)
But times have changed.
Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia says that his party will not return – or offset with a charitable donation – the money that the party has received from a political committee controlled by former State Sen. Jack Latvala. Latvala resigned after a investigation concluded there was probable cause that he had engaged in sexual misconduct. Latvala has denied any wrongdoing, but the matter has been turned over to state law-enforcement authorities.
Latvala’s political committee has donated $190,000 since late 2015 – and gave $100,000 in the final quarter of …read more
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