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The Republicans' Finances

Charlie Crist eats one meal a day and considers himself generous if he tips a waiter 20 percent. He uses a single Visa credit card and never carries a balance. He rents a one-bedroom St. Petersburg apartment that has a kitchen decor that debuted the same year as Saturday Night Live. Crist's tax returns are remarkably bland. The 49-year-old bachelor owns no property or corporate stock, has zero debt and takes the standard deduction instead of itemizing. He gave a total of just $1,000 to three charities last year, including a not-for-profit that represents the interests of recreational anglers. More here.

Tom Gallagher, the wealthiest candidate in the governor's race, has proved that a lifelong career in politics is no obstacle to getting rich. Florida's chief financial officer, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, has seldom earned more than $100,000 a year while holding a range of elected positions over the past three decades. Yet he has amassed a net worth of nearly $2-million. Along the way, Gallagher's two vocations - public official and private businessman - have sometimes overlapped. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:06pm]


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