Former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer, who was ousted from his post earlier this year after an acrimonious intra-party fight, is under criminal investigation for setting up a secret fundraising contract that allegedly paid him and the party's executive director nearly $200,000 in donor money.
An independent annual audit of party expenses revealed that the party "may have been the victim of illegal criminal activity on the part of one of its vendors, controlled by a senior-level official," said Jim Thrasher, the current chairman of the party, in a statement Wednesday.
That vendor was Victory Strategies, LLC, a firm set up in February 2009 by Greer and former RPOF executive director Delmar Johnson that paid them a 10 percent cut of all party donations.
Thrasher said he notified Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum on March 15 of the "potential illegal activity." McCollum called the information "serious and concerning" and referred the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is now investigating Greer for potential criminal activities.
Greer, the majority owner of the firm, collected at least $133,000 worth of donor money in 2009 while Johnson took in $66,250, according to the audit. Johnson is not under investigation.