(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
It seems that if one wants to live in the reality? they watch on the tube one needs only be a loyal robot to the GOPers and having access to others money, spend, spend, spend and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy till caught, then whine about innocence and maybe throw in a few tears in apology or not apology.
Junior Florida Republican Party staffer had $1.3 million charged to party credit card
Whoops, and who was this junior party member of the family values and supper patriotic party of no ideology, or one “No!”:
She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card.
What luck, a state lottery winner, well no but hey might as well been.
Over the next 2½ years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister’s AmEx – $40,000 at a London hotel, and nearly $20,000 in plane tickets for indicted former House Speaker Ray Sansom, his wife and kids, for starters. Statements show thousands spent on jewelry, sporting goods and in one case $15,000 for what’s listed as a month-long stay at a posh Miami Beach hotel, but which the party says was a forfeited deposit.
Now here’s apparently a bright? young lady, hopefully educated? and responsible? knowing that the card in her possession is given with the responsibility that it be used only for the needs contributors would expect as to political? party? needs and if there’s a question as to use anyone above her would be able to answer, oh and check those monthly bills.
“I did not have the sole discretion to initiate credit card spending,” Phister said in an e-mail statement. “Over that period of time, there were multiple instances when the card was used to make purchases that I had no knowledge of, and I did not regularly review the monthly credit card statements which I understand were sent directly to the Party’s accounting office.”
Whoops again, hope she’s better with her own credit cards and money, but hey she’s young with needs, but not only her own.
She was a Republican Party employee who mainly answered to Sansom, R-Destin, speaker-designate at the time and overseeing House campaign operations. The job involved planning fundraising events and often accompanying Sansom and other legislative leaders on fundraising and other political trips.
Sansom was indicted by a grand jury last year for inserting $6 million into the state budget for an airport building that a friend and GOP contributor, Jay Odom, wanted to use as an airplane hangar. That criminal investigation revealed that Sansom charged more than $170,000 on his party-issued credit card – everything from plane tickets for his family to clothes to electronics.
Turns out Sansom spent heavily on Phister’s card as well.
One wonders, at least this one, what else this Sansom might also control as to this young lady? Oh I know, they’re a strong family value group, just ask them.
The Florida Democratic Party requires staffers and leaders to use their own credit cards and seek reimbursement for appropriate expenses. That’s now the practice at the Florida Republican Party, and fundraiser Hoffman suggested it’s about time.
“My company, with 4,000 employees, nobody had credit cards,” said Hoffman, a developer. “If you wanted to expense, you had to submit a form with backup. . . . It wasn’t one employee taking another out to eat and charging it all off.””I can’t believe it. Someone should be hanged for that,” Mark Guzzetta, a Boca Raton developer who has raised millions of dollars for Republicans, said of the party allowing so much spending on a low-level staffer’s card. –>–>–>
Hey we watched it all with the previous administration, led? by a top? ceo? mentality?, and the treasury, our treasury, and it’s willing congress as well as the outsiders.
I believe we’ve found out the one ideology this so called political “Party” espouses and that is where there’s someone else’s money it’s “Party Time”, hollywood like stardom, name well known country wide, and all the wealth one can squeeze out of others. Just think rush, beck, the hockey puck, etc., etc., the names are well known!