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The District’s struggling, ailing Republican Party has enough problems without their own supporters stealing the few contributions that they do get. But that didn’t stop former D.C. GOP Executive Director Robert Turner from making off with thousands in contributions to his party.
In a guilty plea filed today, Turner admits defrauding the party out of $7,631 in political contributions. Turner used a Square credit card-processing account registered to the party to put money in his own bank account and make Amazon purchases, according to his plea.
Current D.C. GOP Executive Director Pat Mara says the party discovered the missing money in January 2015, when an audit following a leadership shake-up turned up the discrepancies.
“It obviously isn’t helpful, to say the least,” Mara says of Turner’s fraud.