TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The national media, along with some late-night talk show hosts, are skewering Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's relationship with Donald Trump. Democrats are using it to try to pile on.
Late-night host Stephen Colbert ripped Bondi's relationship with Trump last week.
A $25,000 check from the Trump Foundation to Bondi's campaign came right around the time the attorney general decided not to make a case over Trump University fraud allegations in 2013.
Democrats are making the connection between the check and these comments from Trump back in January.
"I've given to everybody, because it's my job," Trump said. "Because when I want something I get it. When I call, they kiss my (expletive)."
"Our state attorney general is supposed to be looking out for us in Florida and is taking illegal campaign contributions from Donald Trump," said Damien Filer, of Progress Florida.
But the Attorney General's Office said this was not a pay-for-play situation.
A spokesman sent a lengthy email, pushing back against the allegations that the contribution led to Bondi choosing not to pursue legal action against Trump University.
The email notes that there was never a multi-state case, there was never an invitation to join the original lawsuit in New York and there was only one Florida complaint against Trump U in 2013.
The attorney general was noticeably absent from a Florida Missing Children's Day event in Tallahassee on Monday, an event she usually attends. Her office did not make her available for an interview about the Trump donation.
The Trump Foundation is a charity, which means it is not allowed to directly engage in politics. Trump had to pay a fine for the contribution and ended up making the $25,000 donation to Bondi's political action committee.