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National and state campaigns in Florida raked in $12.8 million in one week



TAMPA — When Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for re-election 10 years ago, the brother of the sitting president raised $7.6 million.

One week this June, Florida political interests raked in $12.8 million.

Enough money to eliminate the $1.25 toll on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for nine months. Or to pay the salaries of 284 Florida public schoolteachers. Or to cover four-fifths of the Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation.

In one week.

The $12.8 million haul — documented by the Tampa Bay Times in a first-of-its-kind analysis — is just a snapshot of the political money moving in and out of this battleground state, including this week in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

But what a picture it is.

Find out who gave, who got and how they spent it here.

[Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 7:53am]


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