The former executive director of the Florida Republican Party recently testified that he saw women and “presumed they were prostitutes” at a official fundraiser in the Bahamas in 2008, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.
In video of June 15 testimony obtained by the Sentinel on Friday, Delmar Johnson told prosecutors that major party donors and prominent Florida Republicans like former Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer were also at the Bahamas fundraiser.
“I specifically saw a golf cart with young ladies drive by, the extent of why they were there I did not specifically know,” the state party’s former executive director recalled. “But I could presume they were prostitutes.”
Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard, who was also at the fundraiser, told the Sentinel that it was “ridiculous and disgusting” for attendees of the event to be “thrown into a scandalous lie.”
In 2010, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Greer for allegedly running a scam bilking thousands of dollars from the party by funneling $125,000 through Victory Strategies to his personal bank accounts. Johnson, who owned a 40 percent stake in the company, was not charged because he agreed to testify against Greer and return $65,000 that he was paid by Victory Strategies.
Johnson said that Greer was “dictatorial” while ordering him to set up Victory Strategies with no paperwork that could connect him to the company, according to the deposition. But the scheme unraveled after chief financial officer Richard Swarttz began to suspect that Greer was the mastermind behind the operation.
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