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The cost of making Bill McCollum look good



McCullom2 Attorney General Bill McCollum' new cyber safety public service announcements, which Democrats denounce as campaign commercials, cost nearly $35,000 to produce including $550 for make up.

The details were obtained through a public records request by the Florida Democratic Party.

"The fact that McCollum spent $550 of public money to get his make up done, in a vain attempt to make himself look good on TV, is especially telling as he desperately tries to defend his ads made by his long-time political consultant who was awarded the no-bid contract," said party spokesman Eric Jotkoff. "During this severe economic crisis, Florida's taxpayers are speechless at Bill McCollum's incredible lack of judgment, which is why Florida Democrats are determined to hold McCollum and his Republican Party accountable for their waste, fraud, and abuse of tax-payer's hard earned dollars."

But McCollum's spokeswoman, Sandi Copes, said Democrats are ignoring that money for the PSAs came from excess settlement funds. "It wasn't money that would go into the general fund," she said. Click for her letter to Jotkoff. Copes added that the charges are standard for any television production. The overall cost, including air time, was about $1.4 million. Watch one here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:32pm]


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