Florida GOP donating $300K to veterans group after Internet cafe probe

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) will donate $300,000 to the Florida Veterans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, after learning that political contributions had been raised from an organization that now stands accused of using veteran’s charities as a front for alleged illegal activity. 

“RPOF respects our nation’s veterans, and we have zero tolerance for this kind of activity,” said Chairman Lenny Curry. “It is outrageous to all Floridians that anyone would use our veterans as a front for criminal actions.” 

After a thorough review of financial records in connection with this case, RPOF has received approximately $271,000 during the current and most recent campaign cycle from entities currently under investigation. 

“This is a complex, ongoing case and new facts may develop,” said Curry. “But 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.  That is why we will contribute a total of $300,000 to this great organization and the heroes they help.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.