Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling


A dark cloud hangs over Florida state government these days, threatening the state’s much-heralded Sunshine Laws.

At issue is a request to the State Board of Administration (SBA) by state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, to release documents concerning an investment into Starboard Value and Opportunity, a hedge find spin-off of Ramius LLC. Ramius’ president, Thomas Strauss, was a client of SBA Director Ash Williams’ former company, Fir Tree Partners. Williams says Ramius was already under consideration for the investment when he came on board.

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