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Resource ID: #19583
Subject: Corruption
Source: News-Journal (Pensacola, Fla.), Fla.)
Date: Feb. 3, 9, 10, 24, March 26, 29, April 5, May 1, 2, 30, June 14, 18, 29, July 21, Aug. 14, 18, Sept. 18, 19, Oct. 8, 9, Nov. 3,



The News-Journals investigates bribery and Sunshine Law violations at the Escambia county government. The stories reveal that the county commissioners voted for the purchase of a dilapidated soccer complex "real-estate agent Joe Elliott, a buddy of then Commission Chairman W.D. Childers, the former Dean of the Florida senate." The county later proceeded with a second purchase from Elliott, a defunct car dealership. The land purchases totalled $6.2 million, at a time of tight budget and halt of major county projects. As a result of the publications, the Attorney General of Florida started an investigation that ended with indictments of four of the five county commissioners.

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