Federal investigators slapped the Republican Party of Florida with a subpoena seeking financial records as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe by the FBI, IRS and U.S. Attorney's Office, the Herald/Times has learned.
The subpoena, delivered Election Day, sought documents related to big spending by top Republican honchos who were given party-paid American Express cards.
Top RPOF officials and investigators declined to comment on the federal probe or the subpoena.
For more than a year, the party has reeled from scandals tied to the credit cards as well as four unrelated state criminal probes into its former chairman, a fundraiser, a former Florida House speaker and a Capitol insider.
Federal investigators have already interviewed consultants, donors and numerous state senators -- some in their Capitol offices. The investigations are being handled in multiple offices throughout the state, from Pensacola to Miami.
The specific targets of the recent subpoena are unclear.
Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher said he wasn't sure about the details of the subpoena and said he couldn't give an opinion about them.
``We are not going to comment on subpoenas,'' party spokesman Dan Conston said in a written statement.
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