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Bondi campaign: Kottkamp should return Greer, Johnson contributions
Posted Jul 23, 2010 by William March
Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 04:44 PM
A campaign strategist for Pam Bondi’s attorney general’s campaign has called on her opponent in the GOP primary, Jeff Kottkamp, to return $2,000 in contributions it received eight months ago from former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer and executive director Delmar Johnson, both ousted in the party’s financial scandals.
The Kottkamp campaign said in response that failure to return the contributions was an oversight, and that it will make a donation of the same amount to the Republican Party of Florida.
Kottkamp received $500 each on Sept. 30 from Greer, his wife, his company and Johnson. Kottkamp spokesman David Bishop said the campaign accepted the contributions “before all the allegations took place. ... Quite frankly we’d forgotten about them.” He said the donation to the party will be to replenish in part the money the party lost through financial mismanagement under Greer and Johnson.
Bill McCollum, GOP candidate for governor, and the party itself have both previously returned contributions from Greer.
“When you’re running for an office that is an emblem of the very highest of ethics, you should take great care to return donations of those known to be bad actors,” said Bondi strategist Brett Doster.