[UPDATE] Fla. Senate Pres. Got $152k to Write Book With 1 Copy

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] 3-2 3:00pm -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Senate President Mike Haridopolos book on how to run for the office and the legislative process if now available online four years after he turned in the original manuscript.

The book, "Florida Legislative History and Processes," is
available on amazon.com as of Wednesday, but only to readers with
Kindles. It costs $9.99 to download.

Haridopolos, who is now running for U.S. Senate, was paid more
than $152,000 and given four year to produce a manuscript.

It was supposed to be a textbook-quality look at Florida
political history, but its 175 double-spaced pages mostly contain
his advice on running for the Legislature and some basic
descriptions about how government works.

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[UPDATE] 3-1 11:30am --

Senate President Mike Haridopolos was paid $152,000 in taxpayer money for a book he wrote on politics for Brevard Community College four years ago, but it was never published, The Associated Press reported Monday. Haridopolos was paid $38,166 a year for four years to write the book, "Florida Legislative History and Processes" in lieu of a regular teaching assignment at the college. The book hasn’t been published in traditional form – one copy of a manuscript exists at the college. Brevard President Jim Drake told the AP that the book, mostly Haridopolos' advice on running for office, is useful and will soon be distributed to students. Drake said the manuscript may be used as part of a question and answer session between students and Haridopolos, who is now running for the U.S. Senate and is about to start his first of two sessions as president. Haridopolos is now a lecturer at the University of Florida.

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COCOA, Fla. (AP) --

New Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos finished writing a book for Brevard Community College four years ago, getting $152,000 in taxpayer money for the effort.

But those who want to read "Florida Legislative History and
Processes" won't find it at any bookstore or library. The single
available copy of the 175-page, double-spaced manuscript can only
be read at the school.

Administrators acknowledge that the 2003 arrangement negotiated
by then-president Thomas Gamble was highly unusual and expensive.

Haridopolos was teaching at the school.

The book doesn't come close to meeting the original contract's
call for a textbook-quality look at the historical development of
Florida's state government. Haridopolos didn't return calls seeking
comment.


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