Since she took office in 2011, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has turned that job description on its head by all but using her power against the citizens her office is supposed to protect. She's turned what is supposed to be an impartial office into a political one to further the interests of the Republican Party and used taxpayer money to take away those same taxpayers' rights, with things like blocking women from access to abortions and contraception, and blocking Floridians from access to health care and clean water, among other things. Many of those efforts failed in the long run, yet Floridians are still footing the bills for them.
Despite all of her actions (and inactions) Bondi has skated along with little attention or retribution, and for some reason, Floridians yawn at the mentions. Perhaps that's because Republicans in Florida can pretty much get away with anything these days, but then these are the same people who voted for Rick Scott despite his past.
Last year Bondi's questionable decisions finally made national headlines as part of a group of other GOP AGs pursued by corporate interests bearing gifts in The New York Times, but once again Bondi came out "clean" when an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics found that Florida's lobbying laws were not violated. That's not saying much, considering the low bar on ethics in Florida, but it is what it is.
But now that Bondi is getting national attention for largely ignoring Floridians who were the victims of Trump University after campaign donations from Donald Trump magically dropped into her lap as well as that of former Republican Texas Attorney Greg Abbott, have her actions finally caught up to her?
When the Trump University-Bondi donation story first broke, it got little attention in Florida afterwards, much less nationally. But this week, Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Maxwell reported that he requested to see Bondi's office's investigative reports around the time she was considering taking action against Trump University. Among the things he discovered were that her claims that there was only one complaint were not exactly true. Further, beyond admitting that his donation to Bondi was improper, Trump now claims that it was Pam Bondi who requested the money after complaints to her office had been filed.
Call me crazy, but if you ask for a campaign donation and then later cover your eyes as an AG and say "nothing to see here" in regards to investigating the victimization of citizens you're supposed to work on behalf of, it warrants a lot more than media attention.
If Floridians weren't already outraged enough before this, surely they should be now, especially if Bondi (not to mention Rick Scott) seems more than willing to do Trump's bidding for him if he should become President. If this fact alone doesn't wake them up, I'm not sure what will.
In any case, the potentially good news here is this may have finally gone beyond the reach of the Florida GOP's protection of Pam Bondi. If so, it's been a long, LONG time coming.