Judge Asks Bondi For Proof She Properly Required Businesses To Donate To Charities

Apr 20, 2017
Originally published on April 19, 2017 4:44 pm

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has about a month to prove to a Tallahassee judge she didn’t improperly order businesses to pay millions to unregistered charities. Bondi denies any wrongdoing.

Orlando resident John Smith says he believes Bondi broke the law when her office directed businesses to pay $5.5 million to charities not registered with the state, which is required by law. The complaint also alleges Bondi’s office forced businesses to donate more than $450,000 to office’s program “Seniors v. Crime.”

“And that’s what this issue is about is transparency of the government. We expect as consumers, as Floridians, to be straight with us,” Smith said.

A statement from Bondi’s office said Smith’s claims are unfounded. She also accuses him of harassing and abusing her attorneys. Smith denies those claims.

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