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Statement from CFO Sink on Insurance Commissioner’s Political Fundraising Activities

4/19/2007

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Nina Banister
(850) 413-2842 
 

TALLAHASSEE— After learning that Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty was reportedly the sole host for a political fundraiser for the wife of one of his employees, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink issued the following statement:
 
“The Offices of Insurance Regulation and Financial Regulation were established to remove those offices and the Commissioners from direct political activity related to their regulated industries.  I am concerned that Mr. McCarty may have used his position as Insurance Commissioner to solicit political contributions from the insurance industry.
 
“Upon learning that the Commissioner was to host a political fundraiser, I shared with him my concerns that his involvement was unsuitable and could cast Florida’s regulatory system in an unfavorable light.  While this may not be illegal, it is certainly not right. 
 
“Further, I am disturbed by the allegation that state computers may have been used for political purposes.  My department’s Inspector General will be investigating this matter.”
 

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