Ray Sansom, the Republican Speaker of the Florida House who stepped aside earlier this year after being indicted on felony charges by a Tallahassee Grand Jury, now faces the prospects of an FBI investigation. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the FBI has begun inquiring about the case and is beginning to collect documents.
The case involves an appropriation that Sansom singularly directed to benefit Jay Odom, a panhandle-area developer, and Northwest Florida State College. Odom is a big-time contributor to the Republican Party of Florida, donating more than $1 million to the party. He, Sansom and Bob Richburg, the former president of Northwest Florida State College, all currently face state charges.