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Charlie Crist should cancel fundraiser on 9/11

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If appearances matter, an upcoming fundraiser for Gov. Charlie Crist will generate some buzz. Not only is the fundraiser being held on the 8th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, but the host gave more than $30,000 to Barack Obama.

An invitation lists the fundraiser at retired entrepreneur Fazal A. Fazlin’s waterfront mansion in St. Petersburg. The entrance fee is $1,000 or $2,400 for a VIP meet and greet and photo with the GOP U.S. Senate candidate.

FEC records show Fazlin gave about $35,000 to Obama last year and he dotted his lawn with Obama for President signs. Fazlin, though, is also a big contributor to Republicans and before settling on Obama he supported Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Fazlin has an interesting story, told in this New York Times column.

Boldface names on the invitation: Mel Sembler, Mayor Rick Baker, Sen. Dennis Jones, Rep. Jim Frishe, Mike Alstott, Barry Edwards, Deveron Gibbons, John Stross, Akshay Desai and Dave Zachem.

Update: According to several members of the host committee for this event, fundraising is going very slow. “Charlie has gone over these donors three or four times already,” said a promonent Republican donor. “The well is dry.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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