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Florida Republicans sign up to raise money for Trump and GOP

The Republican National Committee on Friday published a list of state finance chairs -- the people responsible for raising serious money for the GOP and its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

There's several big Florida names on the list: Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard, who previously backed Jeb Bush and then Marco Rubio; Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli; former Florida International University President Mitch Maidique; former ambassador and current congressional candidate Francis Rooney; St. Petersburg developer Mel Sembler; former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland and state Rep. Carlos Trujillo.

Trujillo, of Miami, said party donors and staff asked him to take part. Trump, he added, "has a very good chance of winning the general election."

"He's offering at least some solutions and discussing some of the biggest issues," Trujillo said. Trump's message is "resonating with the majority of the American electorate."

Trujillo added a caveat that not Trump's "entire" message works for him: "I've never agreed 100 percent with anybody my entire life. I agree with Trump more than Hillary [Clinton].... I think he could be a little more tactful in the way he says things."

Here's the full list of Florida chairs:

Brian Ballard, Florida
Thad Beshears, Florida
Duke Buchan, Florida and New York, Presidential Trustee
Steve Crisafulli, Florida
Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, Florida, Presidential Trustees
Harry Frisch, Florida
Toby Hill, Florida
Darlene Jordan, Florida
Fred Karlinsky, Florida
Ambassador Howard Leach, Florida, Presidential Trustee
Mitch Madique, Florida
Ambassador Francis Rooney, Florida
Wilbur Ross, Florida and New York, Presidential Trustee
Ambassador Mel Sembler, Florida, Trump Victory Vice Chair
Congressman Steve Southerland, Florida
Representative Carlos Trujillo, Florida
Joe Williams, Florida

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2016 5:10pm]


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