Florida’s top elected Democrat, facing a contested primary for governor, announced Friday she was using her office to investigate former Trump attorney Sidney Powell.
Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried is investigating hazy claims that Powell’s Florida-based non-profit group lists an incorrect address on its website and does not sufficiently tell donors what is happening with the money.
Even those who disagree with Powell’s claim the election was “stolen” are troubled the investigation is an obvious attempt by Fried to pander for liberal votes, drawing parallels to how former IRS official Lois Lerner politically targeted Tea Party groups.
Powell is a lightning rod for criticism by the Democratic Party’s liberal base, enraged by her controversial defense of former President Trump’s claims about the 2020 election.
Fried’s hyped investigation comes as she also announced a run for Florida Governor, and must win the votes of Democrats in a contested primary.
“The group now has 21 days to respond to the administrative complaint filed by Fried’s office, which is the state’s top charity regulator,” POLITICO reports. “If it does not, the office will push for default judgment and a fine that could be up to $15,000. If the group does not pay, Fried said her office could take the matter to court.”
Despite Fried’s claim she is investigating Powell because there’s no accounting for the funds raised, Fried is an outspoken supporter of conspiracy theorist and former Florida State employee Rebekah Jones, who has raised over $600,000 from liberal activists with debunked claims Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is hiding COVID-19 deaths.
Jones claims the funds are needed for “legal expenses” but she refuses to provide documentation and has even asked that donors give the funds through off-line checks that are harder for investigators to trace.
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