Republican Party of Florida to donate $300K to Florida Veterans Foundation

Donation comes in wake of Internet cafe scandal

Published On: Mar 15 2013 05:37:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2013 05:38:52 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Republican Party of Florida says it will donate $300,000 to the Florida Veterans Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, after learning that political contributions had been raised from an Internet cafe organization that now stands accused of using veterans charities as a front for alleged illegal activity.

"RPOF respects our nation's veterans, and we have zero tolerance for this kind of activity," said Chairman Lenny Curry. "It is outrageous to all Floridians that anyone would use our veterans as a front for criminal actions."

After a thorough review of financial records in connection with this case, RPOF said it has received about $271,000 during the current and most recent campaign cycle from entities currently under investigation.

"This is a complex, ongoing case, and new facts may develop," Curry said. "But RPOF has a history of supporting the men and women who serve in the military, and we will always do everything we can to support America's veterans. That is why we will contribute a total of $300,000 to this great organization and the heroes they help."