Florida Republicans donating $300,000 to veterans in wake of scandal

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-25 06:43:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Republican Party of Florida is donating $300,000 to a veterans charity in the wake of gambling arrests.

       Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry announced Friday that the party was giving the donation to the Florida Veterans Foundation.

       The move comes just days after authorities arrested nearly 60 people who were part of a veterans charity that law enforcement authorities say was a front for a $300 million gambling ring.

       The investigation also led to the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

       An Associated Press review found that people connected with the Allied Veterans of the World scandal donated in excess of $1 million to Florida politicians between 2009 and 2012. Most of the money went to the Republican Party.

       Curry said the party had "zero tolerance" for criminal activity.