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Bill Clinton touts Hillary at closed Tallahassee fundraiser

Former President Bill Clinton, shown during a 2014 event in Hollywood, Fla.

Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times

Former President Bill Clinton, shown during a 2014 event in Hollywood, Fla.



It looks like Bill Clinton brought in a good chunk of cash for his wife's presidential campaign Friday morning in North Florida.

About 200 people showed up for a Hillary Clinton fundraiser at the Tallahassee home of Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant and trial lawyer Barry Richard, where the former president spoke. At $500 a person -- or $2,700, the legal maximum, for a photo -- that adds up quickly.

The campaign did not allow reporters in to the event, and attendees were instructed not to record it.

But in a 30-minute outdoor speech, the former president reportedly touted the would-be president's experience, know-how and vision for the future, pivoting toward a general election where Clinton is likely to face Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner.

Among those in attendance were Tant (of course) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who spoke before Clinton. State Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, whose district is to the south of Tant's home was there, as was Loranne Ausley, who's running for the House in another Tallahassee district.

Florida has become a favorite spot for the Clinton campaign to send the former president, who was himself a Southern governor in Arkansas. Last month, he held a campaign rally -- this one open to the public -- at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, and he's spending the rest of the day Friday at similar closed fundraising events

This afternoon, Bill Clinton will be at the home of Nancy and Chuck Parish in Sarasota, and he ends the day at superlawyer/big Democratic fundraiser John Morgan's home in Heathrow.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 1:06pm]


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