TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made a surprise endorsement of Donald Trump on Monday, only to run into criticism over the way her office examined fraud claims against Trump University after the New York billionaire contributed money to her campaign.
At issue is a $25,000 campaign contribution from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to a Bondi-controlled political committee in 2013. It came just days after she said her office was reviewing complaints related to Trump’s school.
Bondi’s office later determined it did not need to take any action against Trump University because of an ongoing lawsuit already filed in New York. That decision is getting renewed attention after Bondi endorsed Trump at a Tampa rally one day before the Florida primary.
“Every time I’m surprised someone endorsed him, there’s a a quid pro quo — $25,000 buys a lot when it comes to a state-level politician,” said Katie Packer, a former Mitt Romney aide who now runs Our Principles, an anti-Trump super PAC. “It’s too bad people defrauded out of money by Trump University don’t have that kind of money to buy an advocate in the Florida Attorney General’s office.” Read more in POLITICO