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Fasano-Pruitt team up on 527 for Crist

State Sen. Mike Fasano has established a federal 527 political committee to help Gov. Charlie Crist get elected to the U.S. Senate. Helping Fasano is former Senate president -- and fellow Republican -- Ken Pruitt.

The organization is called Friends for Freedom and Prosperity, and has taken in $5,000 so far from Fasano's existing political committee, Floridians for Principled Government.

"There’s no question that Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek, or whoever the Democratic nominee will be, is going to have a lot of financial support from Washington. It's important we do everything we can to counter that," Fasano told the St. Petersburg Times.

Crist, of course, is running as candidate with no party affiliation after being forced from the GOP primary by Rubio's popularity among conservatives. Fasano told us Pruitt is involved informally, but the involvement speaks volumes.

Pruitt was president of the senate opposite House Speaker Rubio.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:45am]


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