Allison Tant announces two donor heavyweights, Ron Klein and Andrew Weinstein, to lead new party fundraising effort

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Chairing the Florida Democratic Party is going to be a ‘busy and interesting’ job for Allison Tant.  … In the two weeks since [taking office], Tant tapped former Congressman Ron Klein of Boca Raton to head a trustees brain trust and Andrew Weinstein of Parkland, who headed Lawyers for Obama, as finance chair. She said she’s setting up a special fund for the governor’s race, which has already lined up $200,000. She takes over a party of 4.8 million that’s showing signs of reawakening. After a disastrous 2010 performance, when Scott and an all-Republican Cabinet were elected and four Florida congressional seats went Republican, the Democrats carried the state for Obama, re-elected U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, won four U.S. House seats and made gains in the Legislature.

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