FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2016
Contact: Damien Filer / 850-212-1858 / Damien@ProgressFlorida.org
TALLAHASSEE – This morning Progress Florida electronically delivered a petition to the office of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed by more than 6,000 Floridians urging Lynch to investigate the Pam Bondi–Donald Trump bribery scandal and other instances of “pay to look away” by the Florida Attorney General. The petition reads in part:
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has demonstrated a consistent pattern of "pay to look away"…We, the undersigned, urge you to launch an official investigation of Attorney General Bondi regarding her campaign contribution from Donald Trump and similar instances where campaign contributors had potential cases against them dropped by the Florida Attorney General's office.
“Pam Bondi has shown a disturbing pattern of siding with powerful lobbyists and campaign contributors over the citizens of Florida she is sworn to protect,” said Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo. “The timing of the Trump donation and Bondi’s decision to let Trump University off the hook for apparently defrauding consumers is a clear red flag and warrants investigation – as thousands of Floridians are now demanding,” he added.
Editorial boards across the state including the Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Gainesville Sun and others have also called for a probe. So is the nonprofit ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and an attorney has also filed complaints with the state and U.S. Attorney General.
“If Bondi did nothing wrong, she should welcome a full investigation to clear her name and reassure Floridians that the office of Attorney General is not for sale,” said Ferrulo.
To arrange an interview please use the contact information above. To download a PDF of the petition, click here.