Charlie Crist gets another share of public matching money

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Charlie Crist is getting another round of public matching funds.

Crist on Friday received more than $131,000 from the state. He has now received $1.22 million in state money to assist his campaign.

Former state senator Nan Rich has now received slightly less than $223,000.

Any candidate running for a state office can qualify for matching money from taxpayers. The GOP-controlled Legislature tried to repeal public financing of campaigns, but voters defeated the constitutional amendment in 2010.

So far this year, the state has paid out $2.6 million to candidates including more than $285,000 to Attorney General Pam Bondi, nearly $345,000 to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and nearly $367,000 to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Democratic candidate for Attorney General George Sheldon has received nearly $179,000.