Richard Spencer's check bounced before speaking event, records reveal

Published: Nov. 8, 2017 at 6:53 PM EST
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A lengthy records request from the University of Florida has revealed payment issues between the school and The National Policy Institute. Now people on social media are wondering whether Richard Spencer's payment to the university ever went through.

UF sent out a 567 page report detailing all the communication between NPI and UF officials. It turns out a week before the event held at the Phillips Center, Spencer's check bounced.

The $10,554.80 check did not go through. UF has a strict policy requiring speakers to pay the amount in full before they hold events on campus, but officials say they want to make it clear that the money was received in advance.

"While it is our understanding that quite a few people are interested in that the institute's check bounced. It did," said Janine Sykes, spokesperson for the University of Florida. "They wired the money in full payment a few days later and so the National Policy Institute is in good standing at least in terms of paying it's bills with the University of Florida."

UF says it has released all the records pertaining to the event including the email conversations about the check bouncing, and that is open to the public. They want to stress that The National Policy Institute does not owe the university any money, and all payments were made in full.