Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi: No Lobbyist will Compromise My Office

Nov 12, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi adamantly defended herself Wednesday when questioned about news reports implying she has cozy relationships with out-of-state lobbyists and corporate lawyers.

"No lobbyist, no person, no corporation, no individual, will ever compromise what we do in our office regarding unfair and deceptive trade practices, nor how we protect the consumers in the state of Florida," Bondi told reporters after the state Cabinet meeting. "We will continue to protect the consumers in the state of Florida, and that is not going to change."

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was easily re-elected to a second term, is defending her decisions to take free trips to conferences and socialize with attorneys that represent corporations under investigation by other states.

Gift disclosure records show that in the last four years Bondi accepted more than $51,000 worth of meals, hotels and free trips — to conferences in locales ranging from California, Wyoming and Michigan as well as for trips to Mexico and Israel with other attorneys generals.

Republican Pam Bondi has been re-elected as Florida's attorney general.

Voters on Tuesday chose the incumbent Bondi over Democrat George Sheldon. With over half the expected vote counted, Bondi led 55-42 percent.

The 48-year-old Bondi is a close ally of Gov. Rick Scott and is confident Scott will be re-elected. She raised more than $4 million for her re-election. That dwarfed the money raised by Sheldon, a former legislator and Department of Children and Families head.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi is opposing a bid by a gay South Florida woman to obtain a divorce from her former partner.

Bondi's office filed papers late Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court saying a judge should not grant Heather Brassner's petition for a divorce from Megan Lade. The couple was united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont but broke up several years ago.

Among other things, the attorney general's filing says a civil union is not the same as a marriage and should not be the basis to declare Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Bay News 9

Florida's candidates for Attorney General met for their first and only debate earlier this month in the studios of Bay News 9.

We will bring you the highlights of the debate, co-moderated by the Tampa Bay Times, this week on Florida Matters on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26  at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM.

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Florida's highest court is being asked to rule on whether the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

A majority of judges with the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance."

Florida Matters this week took a deeper look at human trafficking, including the role physicians in the state play in identifying those at risk, and treating those who have been victimized.

Plant City's Sheldon Advances to Take on Tampa Attorney General Bondi

Aug 27, 2014

Democratic voters believe George Sheldon, a former Department of Children and Families secretary, is their best hope to take on Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi in November.

Sheldon, a former state legislator who most recently held a post in the Obama administration, defeated state House Minority Leader Perry Thurston on Tuesday after a mostly cordial primary campaign.

Sheldon, who received a concession call from Thurston just after 8:30 p.m., was leading with more than 61 percent of the unofficial tally at 9 p.m., according to the state Division of Elections.

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According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida is third in the number of calls to the national human trafficking hotline.

Emergency room doctors and nurses are often the only contact victims of human trafficking have with the outside world, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday while launching an initiative aimed to train emergency workers how to identify signs of trafficking.

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Florida Attorney General Bondi says in court documents that recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states would "impose significant public harm."

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the state in federal court. The lawsuit argues Florida is discriminating against the couples by not recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.

Bondi has filed a response that asks a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit.

Florida Fires Back in Lawsuit Over Sunshine Amendment

May 20, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to throw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to use blind trusts to shield their financial assets.

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he will vote against a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana if it makes the 2014 ballot.

Drug Database Changes on Life Support

Jan 15, 2014

A move to make it harder for investigators to get access to a statewide prescription-drug database is in trouble.

Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, who's pushing the changes, on Tuesday pulled the measure (SB 7016) from his committee's agenda, citing concerns of Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican who also serves on the committee.

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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging a proposal to allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. 

Bondi criticized the proposed amendment in a filing she made Thursday to the Florida Supreme Court. By law, the attorney general asks the court to review proposed amendments.

The Supreme Court could throw out the amendment if it agrees with Bondi.

The Republican attorney general called the amendment misleading. Bondi told the court that if passed by voters the measure would allow marijuana use in limitless situations.

Bondi Announces Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative

Sep 27, 2013
Associated Press

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was in Tampa today to announce a new initiative aimed at preventing child sex trafficking. The program's mantra is "Instant Message, Instant Nightmare." The initiative will feature billboards expressing the anti-human trafficking message, and the program encourages parents to monitor their kids' activity online to ensure they don't come in contact with potential traffickers.

Bondi recorded a public service announcement that can be seen on her website She listed the goals of the initiative:

Bondi, Putnam Campaigns Gear Up

Sep 11, 2013

Holding a major “hometown fundraiser” in Tampa Tuesday night, Bondi was on the defensive for asking Gov. Rick Scott to delay the execution of a death row inmate so it wouldn’t conflict with the political event. On Monday, Bondi called the delay a mistake, an unusual admission for one of the state’s GOP leaders and a possible future candidate for governor or the U.S. Senate. Putnam, a reliable conservative, has also used his office aggressively to raise his profile, trying to broaden his appeal by taking on consumer and school nutrition issues. A former state lawmaker and congressional leader, Putnam has already exhibited his campaign prowess, raising nearly $600,000 for his re-election through July 1.

Bondi: Execution Delay For Campaign Fundraiser "Wrong"

Sep 10, 2013

On Aug. 13, Gov. Scott had scheduled the execution of Marshall Lee Gore for 6 p.m. Sept. 10. But less than a week later, Scott advised Florida State Prison Warden John Palmer that he was moving the execution to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 "at the request of the Attorney General." Speaking to reporters Monday outside the Capitol, Scott said he was simply complying with a request from a state Cabinet member when he rescheduled the execution. Said Bondi: "The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved.''

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The excavation will soon begin to unearth the remains of boys believed to have died from alleged abuse at the Dozier School for Boys.

The Florida Cabinet today approved the request of USF researchers to exhume the bodies at the now-closed Florida Panhandle reform school to provide closure for the boys’ loved ones.

For months, University of South Florida researchers have been trying to dig up the bodies at the Marianna school, but their request has been denied several times, twice by the state, which is why 66-year-old Robert Straley, a former Dozier resident, says he was happily shocked when Governor Rick Scott and the rest of the Florida Cabinet approved the researchers’ request Tuesday.

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UPDATED at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29th:
1. WTSP reports USF researchers met with state officials, representatives from Sen. Bill Nelson's office and family members of "White House Boys" Tuesday afternoon.

USF officials issued a statement following the meeting:

For the third day in a row, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is rolling out names of speakers for the upcoming Tampa event. The latest Floridian announced? State Attorney General Pam Bondi.

In recent months, Bondi has been in the national spotlight for leading the lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in June.

While you were glued to the Olympics all weekend, Florida's attorney general traveled to the battleground state of New Hampshire to campaign for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

On Saturday, Republican Pam Bondi headlined a Women for Mitt breakfast in Concord. She later gave a pep talk to supporters at Romney's New Hampshire campaign headquarters in Bedford, lauding the former Massachusetts governor as a job creator who "leads by example."