Democrats want to see Brian Mast emails with accused scammer

A still photo of Rep. Brian Mast with World Patent Marketing founder Scott Cooper in a promotional video by the company.

Florida Democrats hoping to oust freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, from a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast seat want more information on Mast’s ties to a Miami company accused by the Federal Trade Commission of scamming thousands of customers.

World Patent Marketing announced then-candidate Mast as a member of its board in February 2016. A few weeks later, company founder Scott Cooper gave $5,400 to a pro-Mast committee, which then gave half the money to Mast’s campaign. Mast returned the contribution in March this year after the FTC filed its complaint, and Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said the congressman “never served on the board and has no knowledge of the inner workings of this business.”

Mast told Politico in March that he only met Cooper in person twice. He said Cooper never got his permission to use footage of Mast in a promotional video for the company.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel filed a Freedom Of Information Act request with the FTC this week seeking emails and other records between Mast and Cooper. Bittel also asked the FTC for correspondence related to the political contributions.

Mast is cooperating with the FTC, said Stewart, who said it’s up to the FTC whether to release the “very limited communication” between Mast and Cooper.

“Congressman Mast has offered his full support and transparency to the FTC in their case against Scott Cooper and is working with them to ensure that there is justice for anybody who was defrauded by World Patent Marketing,” Stewart said.  “As he has said from the beginning, Congressman Mast has no knowledge of the inner-workings of the company and never conducted any business on their behalf.  He has volunteered the very limited communication he had in the course of his campaign with Scott Cooper to the FTC in hopes that it may help shed light on any wrongdoing.”





Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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