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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran chats with fellow legislators on the first day of session at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.(Photo: Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat)
TALLAHASSEE – A Florida House committee will decide Thursday whether to subpoena a TV producer who declined to detail how he spent $14.4 million he received from VISIT FLORIDA.
Pat Roberts, owner of Tallahassee-based MAT Media, refused to cooperate in a House investigation into his cooking show starring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and a fishing show, said Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
“We requested information and he declined,” Piccolo said.
Roberts said in an interview he was unaware of the House investigation into the TV shows, and he denied withholding information from House investigators.
“This is the first I’ve heard of any investigation whatsoever,” Roberts said. He declined to discuss the issue further.
Roberts received money from advertising generated by the shows, but he has been unwilling to say publicly how much. State records indicate he was allowed to keep the $175,000 fishing boat used in the TV show.
House General Counsel Adam Tanenbaum is expected to offer details Thursday to House Public Integrity and Ethics Commission members about an investigation into the shows.
The committee will consider whether to subpoena records from Roberts, Corcoran said. Investigators want to know how Roberts spent the VISIT FLORIDA