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Following the 'Bipartisan' Money



Your local Publix supermarket, your insurance agent and a gambling company that's part of Broward's slot-machine future are kicking in the big bucks to the Coalition for Bipartisan Progress, that group of supporters of Democrat Rod Smith now running radio ads backing Republican Charlie Crist's bid for governor.

The coalition includes lobbyist/political consultant James Harris, Smith's former legislative aide Mike Murtha, and Todd Wilder, a former aide to Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay who works for Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne.

The group raised $155,000 in the first two weeks of October. IMPACT, the political fund-raising group of Florida insurance agents, gave $50,000, as did Publix. Another $50,000 came from two companies that are part of the Magna Entertainment, a Canadian gaming conglomerate that owns Gulfstream Park in Hallandale: Orchid Concessions gave $25,000 and Gulfstream's Thoroughbred Training Center gave $25,000.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:32am]


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