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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Times' editorial: The 2010 edition of campaign finance

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August

From Saturday's St. Petersburg Times' editorial page: Record millions are gushing into the Republican primary for governor. Through his third-party committee, Attorney General Bill McCollum launders unlimited contributions from special interests and fronts tied to political allies. He's still far outspent by health care executive Rick Scott, whose strategy is simpler: His family just keeps writing big checks. The campaign finance system is broken, and that's bad for Florida.

Buying the governor's mansion

Read full editorial here or in jump.

Committees' top contributors in 2010

Florida First Initiative

Fundraiser: Attorney General Bill McCollum

Freedom First Committee ($598,000); League of American Voters ($550,000); Florida Liberty Fund ($248,000)

Florida Liberty Fund

Fundraiser: Incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon

Republican Party of Florida ($775,000); three Miramar medical companies and a transportation company with common owners ($600,000); U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform ($200,000)

Freedom First Committee

Fundraiser: Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos

Three Miramar medical companies and a transportation company with common owners ($600,000); U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform ($300,000); U.S. Sugar Corp. ($160,000)

Alliance for a Strong Economy

Fundraisers: Haridopolos and other senators

RPOF ($590,000); U.S. Sugar and affiliated firms ($135,000)

Citizens Speaking Out: Freedom First Committee ($453,000)

Truth Matters: Alliance for a Strong Economy ($173,000); Freedom First Committee ($152,400)

Let's Get to Work

Fundraiser: Rick Scott

Annette Scott ($11 million)

Sources: Estimates compiled from latest available campaign finance reports


 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:22am]

    

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