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FDP's Sugar Daddy



U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson -- who's been pinged for being a tad stingy in his runaway race while other statewide Democratic candidates search for pennies under the sofa cushions -- dug into his campaign wallet today and handed $250,000 to the Florida Democratic Party.

The money is designed to help the party's get-out-the-vote effort for the Nov. 7 elections, and it brings to $500,000 the amount of cash Nelson has given the FDP since mid-August. His campaign says he's also helped raise about another $500,000 for the party as well.

"We need to have firepower in these races if the people of Florida are to get problem-solvers instead of ideologues,'' Nelson said in a statement.

As of Sept. 30, his campaign account had $6.8-million, according to federal election reports, while he's maintained double-digit leads in the polls over Republican Rep. Katherine Harris.

He's been criticized by some Democrats for not doing more to help others, especially Jim Davis, his party's candidate for governor, who is lagging badly in the money race behind Republican Charlie Crist.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:34am]


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