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Alex Sink to return more Rothstein cash



Democratic Gov. candidate Alex Sink has announced she'll return more cash from suspected Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein. The total now: $6,000. Sink initially returned money directly from Rothstein, his wife, his firm AAMM Holdings. But now the campaign has identified contributions from another Rothstein-tied corp., WAWW.

Said the Sink campaign: "These are very serious allegations. The campaign is returning or donating to charity any contributions from Mr. Rothstein, his wife, his law firm and his other corporate entities. If it becomes clear that others were involved in this matter, it’s our intention to return those contributions as well.”

Rothstein, a predominantly Republican fundraiser, decided to switch sides in the governor's race, much to Sink's recent dismay and the joy of Republican Bill McCollum's campaign, which has hammered her over receiving the cash. No mention from the McCollum camp that Republican Gov. Charlie Crist or that Republican CFO candidate and Senate President Jeff Atwater or that Republican Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff or that the Republican Party of Florida got more from Rothstein. All, too, say they're returning cash, as is the Florida Democratic Party.

-- Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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