Former U.S. Rep. Allen West is launching the “Allen West Foundation.”
But who’s involved, the organization’s mission, and where it plans to get its money remain mysteries.
His former campaign spokeswoman sent a cryptic emailed news release on Friday morning:
“In full accordance with federal regulations, The Allen West Foundation has been established as a non-profit, charitable organization. Further details as to the mission and activities of the Foundation will be released in the coming weeks.”
His spokeswoman declined via email to answer questions about the purpose or the financing.
However, West’s latest campaign disclosure form, filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, shows he transferred $250,000 as a charitable donation to the Allen West Foundation. On the same date, Dec. 28, his campaign fund made another $250,000 charitable donation to American Legacy Guardians, which shares the same Boca Raton Post Office box.
On Nov. 27, the campaign finance report shows West had $1.5 million in cash. After the charitable donations and paying other bills, he had $914,000 on Dec. 31.
The foundation does have a logo that looks something like a sheriff’s badge, with West’s name in a star. It's similar to his campaign logo.
West is a former Army lieutenant colonel who served one term in Congress ending earlier this month.
In 2012, the Republicans who control the Legislature in Tallahassee created new congressional districts that made West’s Broward-Palm Beach county 22nd District more Democratic. So he sought re-election in a more Republican-friendly district in northern Palm Beach, Broward and Martin counties.
West was defeated in November by political newcomer Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Earlier this month West said he was going to work for PJ Media and preparing to launch an Internet talk show.