GOP strikes back after Nikki Fried amends her financial disclosures

[ad_1]

Republicans delivered Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, now a candidate for governor, a political one-two punch after she amended her financial disclosures to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in past income. 

State Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota, also head of Florida’s Republican Party, Friday sent a letter to fellow Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a Naples Republican and chair of the Senate Rules Committee, and state Rep. Erin Grall, the Vero Beach Republican who chairs the House Public Integrity & Elections Committee. 

He asked that they “use all available resources and powers to immediately

review and audit Igniting Florida” — Fried’s former solo-practice lobbying firm — “to substantiate the compensation” she reported in her public disclosures.

Later in the day, Evan Power — who leads the county parties as the Republican Party of Florida’s “chair of chairs” — filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics, saying among other things that Fried has not “publicly disclosed or properly accounted for the exponential increase in her net worth … since taking office.”

By Saturday, Power sent out a fundraising email blast centered around the ethics complaint.

[ad_2]

Read More: GOP strikes back after Nikki Fried amends her financial disclosures