…squirrel poop (St. Pete Times investigative report)
Tampa City Council candidate steered grant money to self, friends
By Jack Nicas, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Sunday, February 20, 2011
TAMPA — Michael Ciftci had a plan: build 50 green homes in Haiti, employing 75 Haitians and 75 Floridians.
It was a sustainable-energy, nation-building project — all for $100,000, he told state officials. In April, it slipped into the state budget and rode untouched to the governor’s signing.
A month later, plans changed.
Ciftci, now a candidate for the citywide District 3 Tampa City Council seat, rerouted nearly half the money to himself and three colleagues, state documents show. Another $39,000 went to green energy conferences they run.
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