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Prison probe affects Smith

The widening investigation into Florida's prison system cast a shadow on the gubernatorial aspirations of state Sen. Rod Smith.

Smith pledged to return about $2,500 in contributions to his campaign from family friend Eddie Dugger and his prison vending business, American Institutional Services Inc., which was raided by the FBI on Wednesday and banned from servicing state prisons on Thursday.

Charlie Crist and Tom Gallagher got money linked to Dugger as well, though Smith had the deepest ties.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:04pm]


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