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Mike Haridopolos sends $350k to Bill McCollum-linked 527

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Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos is looking like the latest top Florida lawmaker putting his money behind fellow Republican Bill McCollum in his primary fight with multi-millionaire Rick Scott.

Haridopolos’ Freedom First Committee recently took in $500,000 from three Broward County companies, but quickly transfered most of the cash to another political committee whose leaders are supporting McCollum in the Republican primary for governor.

“I’ve got no comment on it,” said Alachua County Republican Chairman Stafford Jones, who is treasurer of the Citizens Speaking Out Committee, which was sent $350,000 Monday by the senator’s political spending organization.

Jones, a McCollum supporter, also is a leader of the Florida First Initiative, a Tallahassee-based political organization that two weeks ago ran a $600,000 weeklong statewide television spot accusing Scott of profiting from the “largest Medicare fraud in American history.” Continue reading here.

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