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527s backing Bill McCollum poised to spend more

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Expect more negative hits on Rick Scott as groups tied to Bill McCollum, his GOP rival in the governor's race, look to spend more big bucks.

The Florida First Initiative bought nearly another million dollars worth of TV time for a June 24 to July 2 bombardment - the political group's largest salvo to date. The $900,000 buy brings the group's total spent on TV advertising to $1.9 million.

This comes as a new 527 backed by McCollum supporters, Citizens Speaking Out Committee, appears poised to launch its own attacks on Scott. One of the group's top benefactors: incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, a key McCollum ally. (He follows his House counterpart, future Speaker Dean Cannon, who put money into Florida First.)

Haridopolos' political committee, Freedom First, sent Citizens Speaking Out $435,000 in the last month after receiving $500,000 from three Broward County donors who support McCollum, according to the News Service of Florida.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:44am]

    

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