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     Republican Charlie Crist raised nearly $1.2-million in the first full week of the general election campaign, almost 10 times as much as Jim Davis, his Democratic opponent.
     The reporting period was only for one week, Sept. 9-15, and does not include the estimated $2-million Crist raised this week with President Bush’s help.
     Crist’s advisers have said he hopes to raise $30-million, including unlimited so-called soft money donations to the Republican Party, for the two-month general election campaign.
     Details on Crist’s latest contributors were not online Friday.
     According to totals provided by Crist’s campaign, he collected $1,053,100 in campaign contributions and received $137,800 in matching funds under the state’s public campaign financing program, for a one-week total of $1.19-million.
     Davis’ report, which was online Friday at the Division of Elections, showed his one-week total of $148,000, which included state matching dollars of $49,000.
     Davis’ latest $500 contributors include former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and his wife, Adele.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:47pm]


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