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Crist and Greer- ‘In Charge’ and Living Large on the RPOF AMEX

Well placed sources within the RPOF, as well as other well-informed confidants have disclosed to the Shark Tank the nature of some of the probable expenditures that were incurred by disgraced former RPOF Chairman Jim Greer and Governor Charlie Crist in the yet to be released RPOF AMEX statements.To refresh your memories, it was several weeks ago that an unnamed source, probably from within the RPOF, intentionally leaked Senate candidate Marco Rubio’s RPOF AMEX statements from 2005-2008 to the media. It is near impossible to deny that this highly selective leak to the media of only one RPOF members’ AMEX statement was not politically motivated- a clear attempt to undermine the Rubio campaign rather than for the express purpose of the RPOF coming clean to the public to restore both its standing with Party members as well as with the broader public.

In light of the recent Miami Herald report that Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign also used an RPOF AMEX, these disclosures from well placed sources should hasten the call for the RPOF to disclose its AMEX statements to the public. The Shark Tank recently conducted a poll which found that almost 90% of its respondents supported the full disclosure of the RPOF’s AMEX statements.

Requesting confidentiality, our sources tell us what some of the charges incurred on the RPOF AMEX were- charges that by any reasonable standard will be judged as inappropriate at best, and beyond outrageous at worst.  These charges will not reflect well on Governor Charlie Crist, former RPOF chairman Jim Greer, and Delmar Johnson.

The questionable charges on the RPOF AMEX include:

- Thousands of dollars spent on Charlie Crist’s wedding in December 2008 for flowers, airfare, and accommodations,

- Charges for numerous expenditures that took place during several Charlie Crist for Senate fundraising trips to locations outside Florida.  Jim Greer and Delmar Johnson were also in the same cities at the same time Crist held his fundraisers, and they collectively spent thousands of RPOF dollars on expensive dinners, high end hotels, and private jets,

- As has been previously reported, Delmar Johnson charged more than $1000 on the RPOF AMEX to fly Andrea Saul  to a Crist for Senate campaign meeting in Orlando. Subsequent to her flight, Saul was immediately named as Crist’s communications director for his Senate campaign.

However, absent the actual credit card statements, there is simply no way to confirm what exactly was charged to the RPOF AMEX card or the exact amount of these charges. The Shark Tank respectfully requests that the RPOF release ALL AMEX records of all current RPOF elected officials and candidates for office so the public can make its own judgment as to whose expenditures were justifiable, and whose were a waste of party monies on what were properly personal expenditures that were never reimbursed.



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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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13 Comments

  1. Linda March 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Greer has always been a horses rear end.

    No more money from me to RPOF.

    All my contributions are going to Marco Rubio.

  2. Joy richards March 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    All I can say is ALL the GOP AMEX charges stink.Any extravagence that smells of lack of integrity.LeMieux for Senate.We are tearing ourselves apart attacking each other like this. It is not a good scene for Florida or for the GOP or for the chances of saving the Constitution in the Nov election.One Dem pundit said it best. The GOP principles can win big time if the Republicans don’t shoot themselves in the foot.Here we go again pistol ready to destroy ourselves again with this nonsense.

  3. Cherieo March 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I agree with the above by Joy Richards..We must not shoot ourselves in the foot…and LOSE in November.
    This is OUR YEAR 2010….AND 2012…IF we can keep things clean between our own campaigns. We certainly don’t want to LOOK LIKE MORE OF THE SOCIALISTS/LIBERALS… Voters do not like to see/hear this sort of thing and will turn them off from voting.

  4. Abigail Adams March 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Michael Steele, get off of your backside and take care of this mess. That is your job! Until you do I will tell everyone to choose their own candidates to donate their money to and be darned to the RPOF. You need to clean house especially in Florida state.

  5. Tammy March 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I agree with keeping the campaigns clean.Marco and his excellent campaign staff is going after Chuckles on the issues.However when you have the likes of jim greer, delmar johnson,andrea saul donot forget pablo diaz who is chuckles snake in the grass at the RPOF, all they know how to do is through mud and lie. I am not happy with Chairman Thraser bringing sleezy pablo back to the RPOF, there goes the RPOF treasuery again right into chuckles pocket.

  6. ken canterbury March 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Greer’s appointment to the Florida Republican Party Chairmen position was at that time a major catastrophy just waiting to come to fruition. He was a disaster when he was on the Palm Bay City Council. When he ws given that job at state level it was enevitable that troubles would ensue.

    The governor should never have appointed a crony to that position. The State Chairman should have been elected by the County Party Representatives from across the state.

  7. Onslow March 26, 2010 at 2:59 am

    A year before Greer’s “resignation”, those on the RPOF executive board knew there was a serious problem but the Governor and his band of thieves (who pushed Greer into office) helped him stonewall and hide the truth. Crist is not worthy of any election support. He should resign and go away.

  8. Peg Wooden March 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

    We should never donate to any political party, bar none! Elected officials need to be concerned about what we think, not what the party wants. Let this be a lesson to us.

    For those of us that belong to the 912 project, we can donate in amounts ending in $9.12, as in $59.12, etc. so they can identify us as very conservative.

  9. Bryan K Donnelly March 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Good riddance to Greer and let Charlie “My principles are firmly based on my latest poll” Christ join him in richly deserved political oblivion. Greer was Charlie’s stooge.

    Now Crist is attempting to divert genuine Republicans from the fact that he’s a two faced RINO who we all saw practially kiss socialist Obama’s … on camera! It won’t work. Charlie is so far behind his desparation now shows itself in petty attacks appealing to “moderate” nitwits; his OWN constituency. Fortunetely most of Charlie’s supporters are DEMOCRATS and can’t vote in OUR primary.

    Marco Rubio for US Senate, Bill McCollum for governor and Crist back to the private sector and making an honest living. Come to think of it since he’s a career politician, that could be difficult.

    As far as the RPOF AND the RNC, every time they call I tell ‘em that my contributions are now all going to be LOCAL, to Rubio and Allen West. Once we completely change the party leadership I may start contributing again.

  10. Cay March 26, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Another reason not to give to the Party but to the candidate.

  11. Floria Republicans against Crist! March 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Greer and Crist are CROOKS! One down and one more to go!!

  12. Ron Armstrong March 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Why would Chuckles have an RPOF AMEX when he is not really a Republican? Is there not a RINO AMEX card? GO MARCO!!!