The ongoing saga of former Florida GOP chief Jim Greer; and pioneer anti-racism activist Stetson Kennedy dies at age of 94

08/31/11 Robert Lorei
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oming up today we'll talk about the continuing scandal involving former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer and later we'll discuss the life of Florida author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy. But first one comment about yesterday's discussion about FEMA.

The onetime leader of the Florida Republican Party is facing fraud and money laundering charges—accused of running a scam to bilk the party out of more than a hundred thousand dollars.

Greer helped Charlie Crist get elected Governor in 2006 and the party chairmanship was widely seen as a reward for his support for Crist.

Greer’s alleged scam involved funneling Republican Party funds to a company called Victory Strategies that he secretly controlled. On Greer's orders, the Republican Party of Florida paid Victory Strategies for campaign work, much of which allegedly was never performed, and gave the company a 10 percent cut of major donations that Greer and his top assistant, Delmar Johnson, took. But the case may be in trouble and there are questions about whether Greer is guilty, whether some current Party leaders okayed the work Greer did and whether Greer’s case will ever go to trial. That’s the topic of a series of investigative reports that will begin airing tonight on WTSP Television.

We’re joined now by senior investigative reporter for WTSP Mike Deeson.

Next---Stetson Kennedy, who managed to infiltrate the highly secretive Ku Klux Klan 60 years ago and expose its workings and secrets, died on Saturday. He was 94 In the 1940s, Kennedy helped write the "Superman" radio show episodes that exposed and ridiculed the Klan's rituals. In the 1950s he wrote "I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan," which was later renamed "The Klan Unmasked."

We're joined now by someone who knew Stetson Kennedy well. Peggy Bulger, director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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