Panhandle developer indicted for campaign finance violations

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The Miami Herald is reporting that Okaloosa County developer Jay Odom was charged today with breaking federal campaign finance laws by reimbursing numerous people who made the maximum legal donation of $2,300 to a presidential candidate he supported.

Odom surrendered to federal authorities in Pensacola. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Northern District said Odom would plead not guilty to charges that in 2007 he circumvented federal campaign contribution limits.

The indictment alleges Odom reimbursed some people who made contributions of $2,300 to a presidential candidate, but does not mention the specific candidate. Federal records show that Odom and his wife made contributions in late 2007 to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Prosecutors say the illegal campaign contributions came to more than $10,000.

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