A document at the center of Rep. Katherine Harris' efforts to secure a $10 million defense contract for a big campaign donor has been seen by three of her employees - despite Harris' claims it cannot be made public because it is "classified."
Former campaign manager Glenn Hodas said he was one of the three, and that none of them had security clearance, raising a question about whether the Longboat Key congresswoman is freer to share the document than she asserts - or whether she impermissibly allowed advisers access to sensitive government secrets.
"We were all set to release it. Her lawyer said OK. But then she said, 'Oh, we can't - it's classified,'" Hodas, Harris' third and most recent campaign manager, recalled Thursday.
Hodas quit in mid-July after discovering Harris had received a grand jury subpoena for campaign e-mail and documents relating to defense contractor Mitchell J. Wade and his company MZM Inc., and withheld the fact from him.