September 19, 2021

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Frank Artiles, GOP corruption investigation reaches across Florida

A South Florida political corruption case has tentacles reaching Republican operatives across Florida, including Data Targeting Inc., a Gainesville firm that’s been a cog in the GOP machine for more than two decades.

The scandal also extends to people tied to Associated Industries Inc., a powerful business lobbying firm in Tallahassee, records show.

And on Friday, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman confirmed the agency is talking with the State Attorney’s Office in Seminole County about a possible review of the allegations in the Central Florida leg of a “ghost” candidate scheme.

Frank Artiles, the former Republican state senator who’s expected to stand trial Aug. 30 on several felony charges stemming from accusations he paid an old friend to enter a South Florida state Senate race, earned $90,000 as a consultant by Data Targeting.