- Prior to the 2012 election, joint meetings between his campaign staff and department staff were conducted at which they coordinated his political calendar with his knowledge. He then maintained a consolidated calendar of both official and political events using his state-owned and maintained e-mail account.
- Bennett received e-mails of a political or campaign nature using his state e-mail account. He maintains the e-mails were unsolicited and he does not recall receiving, reviewing or responding to many of them.
- Following his defeat in 2012, Bennett had his campaign compile a list of contacts for his new position as Florida Education Commissioner, which included three lists entitled, "The 5000", "The Big Hitter List" and the "Red Meat List." Those lists included the names of people who had been relied upon for political fundraising purposes. The lists were maintained on a state-owned and maintained computer server in his office.
It's even worse though. When Charlie White became Secretary of State, he found that this predecessor, Todd Rokita, had stored campaign-related data on computers in his office. He reported his discovery to both the Inspector General's Office and Marion Co. Prosecutor Terry Curry. White personally spoke to David Rimstidt in the prosecutor's office about what he found. Both offices refused to investigate, and the news media treated White's allegations as sour grapes because they were still hell-bent on finding a way to bounce him from office by hook or crook based on their belief Vop Osili and not White was entitled to hold the office. So why would a Democratic prosecutor refuse to act on direct evidence of criminal evidence committed by two statewide elected Republican officeholders?
UPDATE: The state ethics commission has approved the recommendations made by the Inspector General. Read here for more details. A copy of the settlement agreement can be viewed here. The commission also gave the go-ahead to INDOT's Troy Woodruff to negotiate a new job with an INDOT contractor if he follows screening conditions.