Sarah Bascom, who runs a prominent public-relations business in Tallahassee, served as a spokeswoman for a group called the Coalition of Florida's Internet Cafes, which included International Internet Technologies. She said she quickly terminated representation because of "misrepresentation" by International Internet Technologies.

"We had no knowledge of any of this until yesterday when the media reports started coming out, and we terminated our representation of them immediately after," Bascom said in email.