TAMPA, FL -- Thursday, Kelly Benjamin came to drop off a gift to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi -- a $50,000 check.
Secretary: "I'm not authorized to accept anything like that."
Benjamin: "I can just slip it to you, it seems like that's how things work."
Benjamin is with concerned citizens of Tampa Bay. And, yes, the check is a sneering protest to reports of pay-for-play allegations between Bondi and presidential candidate Donald Trump.
"The way things work, money talks," he said.
Critics accuse Bondi of receiving a $25,000 campaign donation to stop a potential investigation into Trump's for-profit college Trump University.
"So, we're here today to double up on Trump."
Bondi's spokesperson says this story is all a false narrative and baseless.
"There was never an investigation by this office into Trump University in 2013," said a list of facts sent by spokesperson Whitney Ray.
10News WTSP political expert Lars Hafner weighs in.
"The optics are horrible, the timing is horrible for Trump and Bondi. The situation's a little bit different because you can actually connect the dots between a donation and the dropping of any investigation into Trump university," Hafner said.
Something one group would pay to find out.
Here's a full list of facts sent from AG Bondi's office:
· There was never an investigation by this Office into Trump University in 2013.
· There was no basis for any investigation into Trump University, because at the time of the original media inquiries in 2013, this Office had received only one consumer complaint in May of 2011.
· There was never any recommendation by the staff to investigate or sue Trump University in 2013, and, consequently, the matter never rose to the Attorney General’s level for any decision of any kind.
· There was never any “multistate” investigation or lawsuit into Trump University.
· There was no invitation ever extended to our Office from the New York Attorney General’s Office, or to the best of our knowledge, to any other Attorney General’s Office to join the New York lawsuit. And, in fact, no other state has ever joined the New York lawsuit.