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

Florida Attorney General

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.

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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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Sarah Mueller is the first recipient of the WFSU Media Capitol Reporting Fellowship. She’ll be covering the 2017 Florida legislative session and recently earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield. Sarah was part of the Illinois Statehouse press corps as an intern for NPR Illinois in 2016. When not working, she enjoys playing her yellow lab, watching documentaries and reading memoirs.