Crist, Greer used party money for family vacations

posted at 12:15 pm on September 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Consider the other shoe dropped.  An audit of funds and credit cards for the Republican Party of Florida shows that both Jim Greer and Charlie Crist ran up thousands of dollars in personal charges, including family vacations for both men.  The Associated Press reports that the independent audit has cleared Marco Rubio of any wrongdoing:

Gov. Charlie Crist and Jim Greer, the disgraced former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, took family vacations on party money, an audit released today shows.

The two men and their families vacationed at Disney World in June 2009 and put the $13,435.99 bill on the party’s American Express credit card, the audit found. Greer also took three personal vacations to fashionable Fisher Island near Miami Beach, one including Crist, at a cost of $10,992.17, auditors reported.

Greer also charged $5,616.79 for his son’s baptism in May 2009 to the party, the report showed.

In another instance, the men’s wives arrived in New York City two days before a party fundraiser in September 2009 and charged nearly $1,600 to the party credit card on hotel and related expenses.

Crist had originally insisted that Rubio would have more questions to answer in the audit.  Not so:

The investigation seemed to clear one of Crist’s opponents, former House Speaker Marco Rubio of West Miami, of any wrongdoing, along with Senate President Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach and state Rep. Dean Cannon of Orlando. Auditors reported they were satisfied with explanations given them by the men on any party credit card charges in question.

Rubio had promptly reimbursed the party for the charges on the campaign credit card, and had disclosed that activity when the scandal first broke.  The apparent clean bill of health puts the focus back on the current Governor of Florida and his hand-picked party chair.

Greer faces felony charges in connection to unrelated financial conflicts of interest.  Crist may well face some charges of his own if these findings are substantiated by investigators.


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Perhaps Crist can repay those illegal charges,..with money he kept from GOP donors.:)

a capella on September 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Yup, his RINO insticts and thieving core are exposed for all to see! Just go away you sad sack o’ crap.

Ogabe on September 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM

No wonder Crist is leaning toward being a demoncrat. He’s got it in his blood to be one!

capejasmine on September 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Are you sorry now, Cornyn, that you got involved with this guy and his primary? Leave this up to the people in Florida next time.

Kissmygrits on September 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM

A confused Mochelle Obama asked:

“What good is “party money” if you ain’t partying with it ?”

viking01 on September 17, 2010 at 2:01 PM

La la la la. La la la la. Hey, hey, hey . . . Goodbye.

Get the hell out of here, you looser.

moron

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Since people have already covered the ‘OD’ issue..

Apparently there will be a new ‘upper crist’ in town… ;)

But yeah, $6k for a baptism?!? I hope he wasn’t Catholic, as it’s immoral to do that.

Now, paying for a reception for the baptism, I can see. Paying for some nice baptismal garments, sure. But paying for the baptism ITSELF?

Uh, no. Oh, and it wouldn’t have been immoral on Crist’s part, but on the priest performing the baptism. Just to be clear.

Scott H on September 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I don’t think Christ ever had his pitcher taken.

Akzed on September 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I’m sure He did, when it was empty.

Extrafishy on September 17, 2010 at 2:08 PM

OK.
There is NOTHING wrong with someone paying themselves a small salary with campaign contributions so that they can work on getting elected.
Bcs that time you are getting elected is stopping you from making a living.
Why does this have to be said at all anywhere?
Excessive amounts of $$ would be wrong.
But we should not expect any public servant, or wannabe, to just DONATE their time AND their paycheck to get hassled in public.
Now if it’s true about Crist spending this $$ on Disney World-DUH he’s a moron & it’s unethical & I hope illegal.
But somebody using campaign $$ to keep themselves in a race should be able to use it for all the various expenses that come up from running for an office, even if that means flowers for your staff.
IT’s the excessive WASTE of HUGE amounts of $$ that people should be concerned about-like charging your alcoholic drinks to the govt time & time again in excessive amounts.
If you are throwing a party for people to come to so you can talk to them about why they should elect you, I see nothing wrong with this.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM

D.C. or Disneyland, we’re paying either way. /

publiuspen on September 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM

In the long run, paying his way in Disneyland would be FAR cheaper than paying his way in DC

DrAllecon on September 17, 2010 at 2:55 PM

…I have concluded that Bugs Bunny is a far more representative example of American centrism than Mickey Mouse.”

mankai on September 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Mickey had Minnie, Bugs had who? Just wonderin’.

Yoop on September 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Charlie Crist. One of the national GOP and pundit’s favorite Republicans, and a disloyal thief.

I’m sure there’s no connection.

hawksruleva on September 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM

There is NOTHING wrong with someone paying themselves a small salary with campaign contributions so that they can work on getting elected.

Badger40 on September 17, 2010 at 2:29 PM

It is completely, absolutely wrong. You work at the wage agreed upon with your employer. In this case, the GOP or the state of Florida agrees to compensate you, or not. You don’t get to give yourself a raise via theft of funds.

Put this way. Say I volunteer at the city libarary, do lots of work for them, and everybody agrees I do a great job. Does that give me the right to clean out the petty cash jar?

hawksruleva on September 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

charlie will love prison.

peacenprosperity on September 17, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Greer also charged $5,616.79 for his son’s baptism in May 2009 to the party, the report showed.
What did they baptize him in? Champagne?

mankai on September 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Hmm. Been around a lot of churches, never heard of a “baptism expense.”

Wow.

cs89 on September 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Family values!

Democrat Family Business values!

OBAMA: I like the cut of this guy’s jib!

drunyan8315 on September 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Come on guys, give him a break… tanning time is a business expense for Charlie its his only asset

phreshone on September 17, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Crist is circling………………………..circling………..circling the bowl folks…………………

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

manofaiki on September 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Mickey had Minnie, Bugs had who? Just wonderin’.

Yoop on September 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Jeanie, she’s a light brown hare.

PakviRoti on September 17, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Um… I seem to recall Bugs having a torrid relationship with Elmer Fudd.

joe btfsplk on September 17, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Sorry Charlie.

ThePrez on September 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Fox showed a clip of the FL Senate debate in which Charlie spoke of his honesty and integrity. He must think that we all just got back from Disney World. Could prison come close to the “Happiest Place on Earth”?

kringeesmom on September 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM

A babtism that cost that much was just a means to get all the right people in one place, and oh yeah, take a few moments to sprinkle some water on the kid’s head or a quick dunk, say a prayer, and call whole thing a babtism.

Disney World is whole different game. It was flat out theift. They knew what they were doing and of course like most politicians didn’t plan on anyone noticing or being able to cover it if someone did. It looks like anything went, park, rooms in the park, the best dinning and wines. They lived it up.

Charlie should enjoy prison. He can live for years on the taxpayers dime in there; three squares a day (ground glass, urine and other added ingridents at no charge), a job that redistributes his labor earnings, time to laundry more than money, time to work on his new alternate life style to keep his boys happy and their laundry done, and free Obama style healthcare where the doctor is just someone who could not get a real doctors job and assistants that he trained, and rationing of medical services that the budget allows. He should also get his dental work done before going in. Root canals and caps cost to much to be provided under his new Obama style dental plan. His choice will be DIY pliers or the dentist; which ever looks more capable of doing the job.

Franklyn on September 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Next you’ll be telling me there’s gambling- GAMBLING!- going on at Rick’s…

SuperCool on September 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Now it has been proven. Crist is now more qualified than ever to be a Democrat backed candidate.

chickasaw42 on September 17, 2010 at 8:16 PM

At one time Rubio was the insurgent candidate, the brash young challenger, -now because Crist is playing the fool with his flip-flops and general douchebaggery, Rubio appears to be the stable adult. The roles have been reversed. Interesting dynamic.

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2010 at 8:34 PM

manofaiki on September 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Nutty

SouthernGent on September 17, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Those ‘free trips’ on party money really get expensive once people find out about them…

ajacksonian on September 17, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Sorry if I’m repeating others…
Orange Crushed.

Extrafishy on September 18, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I’m NOT shocked.

mmcnamer1 on September 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Now let me get this straight…He’s running for senator from Disney World? I didn’t know that the job was open…. I would’ve gone for President of Tomorrowland!

joe btfsplk on September 19, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Very damning allegations…

Khun Joe on September 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM

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