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DNC member paid by Jeff Greene before endorsement

Associated Press
Updated 3:41

When a Democratic National Committee member asked for guidance on whom to support in the Democratic Senate primary, some come quickly -- from billionaire Jeff Greene.

DNC member Jon Ausman of Tallahassee sent out a blast e-mail June 13 asking people to take a survey on the Senate race saying it "will guide me in making my endorsement choice."

The next day, Greene, who's running against Rep. Kendrick Meek for the Democratic nomination, wrote Ausman a $4,000 check for political consultation and strategy.

Six days later, Ausman announced his endorsement in another e-mail: Greene.

He signed the endorsement e-mail as a DNC member but didn't mention that he was being paid by Greene. He says he provided 35,000 e-mail addresses in exchange for the money.

Ausman said Wednesday that he had already planned to support Greene before being paid by him and that he plans to make it clear in the future that he is a paid consultant.

"Frankly I liked Greene from the word get go," said Ausman, who received national attention in 2008 for challenging the DNC's decision to strip Florida of its delegates as punishment for holding an early presidential primary.

Ausman said he was also one of the few people who donated to the Greene campaign, writing a check below $200, the amount at which Greene must list donors.

"God bless him," Ausman said. "His check to me was bigger than the one I sent him."

Greene has spent about $6 million of his own money on the campaign while accepting $3,036 in donations.

"The endorsement of Ausman was very welcome but we also wanted to tap into his experience," said Luis Vizcaino, a Greene spokesman. "He offered to do it for free, but we wanted to hire him as a strategist ... He's working as a consultant for the campaign."

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Why does corruption in the dNC surprize anyone? George soros bought and paid for the election of BH O'Carter. It's simply [corrupt] business as usual.

Posted by: IQ168 | July 22, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

WOW! I am surprised Greene hasn't made the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington "Crooked Candidates" list because so far Meek, Rubio and Crist are on it!
I guess you can buy a senate seat in the state of Florida.

Check out the list.....

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/45414

Posted by: jaybird2020 | July 21, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I am surprised Greene hasn't made the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington "Crooked Candidates" list because so far Meek, Rubio and Crist are on it!
I guess you can buy a senate seat in the state of Florida.

Check out the list.....

http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/45414

Posted by: jaybird2020 | July 21, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

On Friday, 11 June 2010, Florida Democratic National Committee Member Jon M. Ausman sent out an email to 35,000 Florida voters stating “Florida Democratic voters have three outstanding persons running to be our Party’s nominee in the fall. Maurice Ferre, Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek .”

These voters were then asked to participate in a survey . I wrote in that email – a copy of which is attached – that “the results of this survey will guide me in making my endorsement choice for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate.”

On Monday, 14 June 2010, after receive more than 550 responses over that weekend, I decided to contact the Jeff Greene for United States Senate Campaign offering them my assistance and support.

On Saturday, 19 June 2010, I sent an email out to my list of Florida voters announcing my endorsement of Jeff Greene. A copy of my analysis of the US Senate race and the announcement of my support is attached in an Adobe format.

The AP story states Jon Ausman sent an email asking for input on Sunday, 13 June 2010, and that I then received a check in the amount of $4,000 from the Jeff Greene campaign the next day.

In fact, three (3) days went by which allowed a greater than one percent (1%) response rate – which is about average. Also, the vast majority of responses to an email survey come in within 48 hours.

My endorsement of Jeff Greene is based on the responses I receive and Mr. Greene’s commitment to create jobs and protect our environment.

Both Kendrick Meek and Maurice Ferre our outstanding Democrats but Mr. Greene is even more outstanding.

With respect, I am,

Jon M. Ausman, Member
Democratic National Committee
Florida

Posted by: jonausman | July 21, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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