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Andrew Gillum’s campaign touting more than 7,000 donors

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Andrew Gillum is staking claim to the broadest base of campaign donors. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s campaign is reporting Friday it has topped the 7,000 donor mark for $1.2 million in total contributions. The Tallahassee mayor is running against two other major candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. That means Gillum’s official campaign and his unofficial political committee Forward Florida brought in about $150,000 from roughly 1,400 donors in May. Gillum faces former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee…

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As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

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Worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party’s top 20 donors in the last presidential contest, issued a letter to 16 White House prospects and the Republican National Committee late last week calling for candidates to stay on the “civility reservation.” “Our candidates will benefit…

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Big donors face question: Demand refund from Charlie Crist?

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Charlie Crist‘s decision to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent has left a bunch of big-name contributors with a decision to make: Do they follow the angry dictate of furious Republican Party officials and demand their money back? Or not? For many longtime Crist supporters — some of whom go back to his first statewide campaign in 1998 — it’s a tough call. Consider Ben Hill Griffin III of the big Florida citrus and political family. “Right now I’m…

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Republican Party of Florida coordinating effort for donors to request contribution refund from Charlie Crist

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The Republican Party of Florida just posted this page on their site: Yesterday, Charlie Crist announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate as a candidate with No Party Affiliation. Today, it was reported that he will drop his Republican registration. Charlie said today that if anyone asked for their donations to be refunded he would “probably” give it back. If you have contributed to Charlie Crist’s campaign for Senate and would like to request your contribution back the…

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Hotline: How much will move cost Charlie Crist?

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From Hotline: FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is contemplating his political future this week as he decides whether to run for Sen. George LeMieux‘s (R) seat as an independent. But he also should be contemplating just how much it’s going to cost him. Crist has benefitted from several strong fundraising quarters, but conservative bloggers and activists have vowed to make a potential independent bid hurt his bank account. And he should take note: Those same activists helped cost Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) more…

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Fundraising and Web 2.0 update for Florida Senate race

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Progress Florida’s Jon Bleyer took the time to compile some very interesting statistics about how the major candidates for statewide office fundraising efforts compare with their Internet and social networking footprints entering 2010. Here are his findings and analysis: Charlie Crist-R: Fundraising: $8.7 million ($2 million in 4th Q) raised for 2009; $7.5 m COH Facebook: 7,873 supporters Twitter: 3,796 followers (Tweeter Meter: 5) YouTube: 37 subscribers, 3,759 upload views Campaign website: http://charliecrist.com/ Marco Rubio-R: Fundraising: $3.4 million ($1.75 million…

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Carl Hiaasen on Charlie Crist

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Carl Hiaasen lays in to Charlie Crist, here’s an excerpt: Like his stance against Sotomayor, Crist’s unexpected support for the lax development law disappointed those still clinging to the notion that he’s a different breed. The same fellow who fancies himself a crusader for the Everglades has — if SB 360 is allowed to stand — essentially guaranteed that the remaining wetlands of western Miami-Dade will be paved, dooming any hope for reviving the Everglades. Only as craven political strategy…

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