On September 17, 2010, the Republican Party of Florida released what it described as a forensic audit of party spending for the years 2007 – 2009. According to the party, the law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP was retained “to determine the nature and breadth of inappropriate spending that occurred under the leadership of Charlie Crist during the tenure of former chairman James A. Greer.”
The current party chair, Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), described the audit as “affirmation of the despicable exploitation and gross financial mismanagement of donor funds that occurred at the Republican Party of Florida during the leadership of Charlie Crist and at the direction of his hand-picked chairman Jim Greer.”
The audit revealed a number of questionable expenditures, including a personal vacation to Walt Disney World taken jointly by the Crist and Greer families that cost the party $13, 436; a $7,060 trip to Las Vegas by Mr. Greer and party executive director Delmar Johnson that the audit found was unconnected with party business; several other personal vacations taken by Mr. Greer and members of his family for which the party paid; and numerous expenses that appeared to be related to Gov. Crist's Republican primary campaign for U.S. Senate. The audit also found that former state Rep. Ray Sansom (who subsequently resigned as House speaker) was responsible for nearly $100,000 in spending on personal items and family travel, some of which he later paid back to the party.
In total, the audit found that from 2007 to 2009, a total of $381,786 in expenses paid by the party was primarily not related to party business, and an additional $98,412 in spending was probably not related to party business.