CL predicted after hearing WUSF radio's report about a $200,000 study requested by Florida House Republicans regarding off-shore drilling that somehow escaped initial media scrutiny earlier this spring that Democrats - unless they were absolutely inert - would start raising hell about it.
Yesterday, House Minority Leader Franklin Sands called for an explanation from Republicans in Tallahassee about the Willis Group study.
Today, Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Scott Maddox said that the $200,000 needs to be refunded to Florida taxpayers. In a statement, he said:
They have raised far more than $200,000 from the oil industry and their lobbyists, and that money should be given to taxpayers to pay for the Republican sham study. Given the fact that the leadership of the Republican House commissioned this so-called study, it would only be fair that taxpayers are reimbursed from monies that they presumably raised for their party."
Given the clear and obvious political motivations for this rush job of a study, taxpayers should be made whole via political donations made to the Republican party by the oil industry and their lobbyists."