Report alleges more misdeeds by Buddy Johnson listen03/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The St. Petersburg Times reported today that former Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson used funding for his office earmarked to get out the vote, that instead was used for campaign purposes in the African-American community in Tampa.
The story, reported by Michael Van Sickler and Jeff Testerman, says that Johnson made two payments to community activist Michele Pattyâ€™s business that totaled more than $16,000.
The Times reports that Johnson did not pay Patty from his re-election account, but from taxpayer money meant for voter education.
Van Sickler spoke with WMNF today about the story, which is one in a series that have detailed actions by Johnson and his assistant that is now the focus of an FBI investigation. Johnson left the elections office with more than $3 million dollars in debt.
WMNF attempted to speak with Michelle Patty, who years ago hosted a radio program on WMNF, but we were unsuccessful.