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Jeb's 527



Few people have much of a clue about Jeb Bush’s intentions for his recently created "Foundation for Florida’s Future." He had been expected to use the non-profit organization to help persuade voters to enshrine school vouchers in the state Constitution. Then the legislature voted down his efforts to get vouchers on the ballot.

The Foundation for Jeb’s Future - er, Florida’s Future - is sitting on nearly $2-million, and the governor is mum on what it will go for. Now he’s kicked into gear a sister political committee - the Foundation for Florida’s Future Action Fund - that is structured under IRS rules to do more overtly political activities.

Its first donors? The Villages, a sprawling central Florida developer, kicked in $100,000, and New Yorker Robert W. Johnson IV of the Johnson & Johnson family gave $5,000.The Villages developer Gary Morse has been mighty kind to Republicans and especially Gov. Bush. He had already ponied up $550,000 for the Foundation.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:45pm]


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