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U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene financed Republicans

Greene Wild card billionaire U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene of Palm Beach was campaigning in the Democrat-rich condos of Broward County today. But considering he ran as a Republican for Congress the only time he ran for office before, die hard Democrats may question his loyalty.

So we checked on his political contributions and found something curious. In addition to the $51,000 he spent on his own Republican campaign in 1982, he gave $1,000 to Republican Pete Wilson's Senate campaign in 1988, and in May, 2009 $5,000 to Meg Whitman's Republican gubernatorial campaign in California.

Greene started giving to Democrats late in 2009: $5,000 to Democratic California attorney general candidate Rocky Delgaldillo in June, 2009; $30,400 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in August, 2009; $500 to Kendrick Meek on Nov. 21, 2009; $10,000 to the Florida Democratic party on Nov. 30, 2009; $2,400 to Democratic Senate candidate Paul Hodes of New Hampshire on Nov. 30, 2009; and $2,400 to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden on March 31.

A spokesman for Greene's campaign, Paul Blank, said he donated to Whitman because she was a Harvard business school classmate. "Jeff is an independent Democrat. Jeff grew up a Democrat; his parents and grandparents are Democrats and he is a Democrat. Jeff supported President Obama, attended the inauguration and donated to Obama's Inaugural Committee."

Trouble is, don't see evidence that he did donate to the inaugural committee.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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