In 2013, Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, solicited a $25,000 donation from the Trump Foundation.  Coincidentally, this was the same period during which Bondi’s office was purportedly investigating Trump University and determining whether or not to join New York’s suit against Trump U.  Democrats jumped at the chance to point fingers and make accusations of pay-to-play / influence peddling.

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

“I never, nor was my office, investigating him. Never. I would never lie. I would never take money. I’ve been obviously devastated over this,” Bondi said in a voicemail message to a Times/Herald reporter.

In a separate statement, Bondi called Monday’s Associated Press report on the Trump University issue “misleading,” adding: “No one in my office ever opened an investigation of Trump University, nor was there a basis for doing so.”

The AP account said Bondi “nixed” suing Trump, but it did not say that she had opened an investigation.

Bondi’s spokesman, Whitney Ray, told the Times/Herald that Assistant Attorney General Mark Hamilton reviewed the “few complaints” the office had on file about Trump University and made the “rightful determination” that because New York’s lawsuit was on behalf of all consumers nationwide, “no further action need be taken.”

This was not a satisfactory explanation, and Democrats “smelled blood.”

The Tampa Bay Times continues:

But the timing raised questions, and Democrats, smelling blood, pounced on the Republican attorney general, sensing an opening to further discredit Trump in a key state.

The Florida Democratic Party called for an independent investigation of the “dirty money” that party chairwoman Allison Tant said Bondi should have returned to Trump.

“Bondi’s conduct is unacceptable,” Tant said.

Bondi tried to refund the money in March because it came from a charitable foundation not authorized to make campaign contributions.

But according to Nancy Watkins, a Tampa accountant for Bondi’s political committee, And Justice for All, the refund was rejected and Trump wrote a personal check.

Making matters worse, a Democrat PAC has filed an election complaint with the DOJ.

ABC News reports:

A Democratic group affiliated with an anti-Trump super PAC filed a complaint with the Department of Justice on Wednesday night against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for the $25,000 her re-election fundraising group accepted from the Trump Foundation in 2013.

“We believe that Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, and Donald Trump have violated federal voting laws including but not limited to bribery across state lines by way of a $25,000 campaign contribution from Trump to Bondi during her 2013 election by way of the Trump Foundation in return for AG Bondi dropping an investigation into Trump University. We ask the DOJ to investigate this matter,” a complaint filed by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump reads.

Now that a complaint has been filed, the Department of Justice is obligated to review it and respond to the group that filed it.

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