Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer Arrested

By Alex Pepper

Jun 2, 2010 11:51am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: Jim Greer, the former head of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested this morning, law enforcement officials tell ABC News. Greer, who had been a close ally of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and an early backer of Michael Steele’s bid to be chairman of the Republican National Committee, was arrested at his home in Ovito, Florida, and was booked this morning at the John Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida. His mug shot can be viewed HERE. No word at this time on the charges that Greer is facing. That information will become public when the booking process is completed later today. Greer resigned from the Florida GOP in January after coming under fire for lavish spending. Per the Orlando Sentinel, he also came under fire for an undisclosed fundraising contract that paid him and his executive director, Delmar Johnson,  $199,000 in 2009. The Republican Party of Florida tells the Sentinel that $125,000 of that went to Greer. New party chair John Thrasher had requested an investigation of the deal, and Attorney General Bill McCollum turned the case over to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. ABC News’ Alexander Pepper contributed to this report.

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