Crist: I Didn't Know About Greer. Friend: He Did
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Gov. Charlie Crist says he didn't know an ex-GOP chair was taking a share of donations, but a lobbyist says Crist told him he was OK with the arrangement.
In a deposition released Thursday, Brian Ballard said Crist told him then-party chairman Jim Greer and executive director Delmar Johnson would take over state GOP fundraising and be compensated for taking on the extra role.
In his deposition, Crist said he knew Johnson was taking on fundraising responsibilities, but not Greer. Crist said the party chairman is always expected to raise money without receiving extra compensation.
Shown Ballard's statement, Crist said, "I don't believe it's truthful."
Greer will be tried on theft and other charges. He is accused of funneling party donations to himself through his private company.
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