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Donald Trump's Fla campaign contributions



Donald Trump has contributed to plenty of federal Democratic candidates over the years, everyone from John Kerry to Harry Reid to Ted Kennedy, Open Secrets notes. That won't win over many conservative activists. Nor will Trump's hosting assorted fundraisers for Charlie Crist in 2006 - though it should be noted Crist was a Republican then.

Trump has long had interest in developing casinos in Florida, his part-time residence, but actually hasn't given a ton of money to state candidates. Only won Democratic candidates received a check from Trump, former Democratic attorney general candidate Walter "Skip" Campbell (Trump also gave to Republican rival Bill McCollum that year).

"I met him a few times. Pretty nice guy,'' Campbell told Buzz, explaining that his law firm represented Trump when he sued a developer he accused to cheating him out of the casino deal with the Seminole Tribe.  Here's the run down of Trump's state contributions (Not including the $9,500 he donated over the years to former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley:

Republican party of Florida            11/10/2010      $10,000
Republican party of Florida             9/17/2009       $1,000
Citizens Speaking Out Committee 11/01/2006     $1,000
Jeff Atwater                                    7/9/2002        $500
Jeb Bush                                         6/7/2002        $500
Walter "Skip Campbell"                 10/3/2006        $500
Charlie Crist                                    6/29/2005      $500
Jose Felix Diaz                               3/20/2009       $500
Jim King                                          6/28/2000       $500
Jim King                                         02/12/1999      $500
Bill McCollum                                  10/28/2006      $500
Sharon Merchant                            8/25/2000       $500
Sharon Merchant                            6/3/2002        $500

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:41pm]


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