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George Soros among the latest donors to Charlie Crist’s congressional campaign

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist reported another $27,900 in contributions for his congressional campaign over the weekend, including donations from several high-profile donors.

Among the big names on the donor roll were billionaire George Soros, financial author Howard Dvorkin, Diametriq CEO Anjan Ghosal, Sembler Company executive Craig Sher, FSU trustee Kathryn Ballard, and Avram Glazer, whose family owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and controls Manchester United.

The money is the first Crist has reported for his CD 13 race since he filed his report covering Aug. 11 through Sept. 30. At the end of last month, Crist had raised about $1.4 million and had about $775,000 of that money on hand.

Crist is running against incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly, who got a late start in the race after he dipped his toe into running for Marco Rubio’s seat in the Senate.

Jolly had about $257,000 on hand at the end of September, with about $1.75 million in total fundraising.

CD 13 covers southern Pinellas County and is expected to be one of the closer races on Election Day. Jolly won the seat over former Florida chief financial officer Alex Sink two years ago, though in 2012 President Barack Obama scored a 10-point victory over Mitt Romney in the district.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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