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Pam Bondi fundraiser organized by Scientologists

The invitation to Pam Bondi's fundraiser Tuesday night in Clearwater.

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The invitation to Pam Bondi's fundraiser Tuesday night in Clearwater.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi, who already has raised millions for her re-election campaign, can expect to pull in more dollars Tuesday night at a Clearwater fundraiser where all six organizers are prominent members of the Church of Scientology.

Bondi’s “special guest,’’ the invitation says, will be U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores.

Hosting the event are Liz and Michael Baybak, owners of a 23rd-floor penthouse in the swank Water’s Edge condos downtown. The tower, perched on a 40-foot bluff, affords stunning views of Clearwater Harbor to the west and, in every other direction, Scientology’s many buildings.

Baybak is chief executive of Michael Baybak and Company, a Clearwater-based business services consulting firm. Baybak and his wife have been major donors to Scientology. They also have been occasional contributors to congressional candidates, federal elections records show. They could not be reached for comment.

Other organizers are Brett Miller, who has been active for years in local Republican politics, and his wife, Dr. Jill Hagan, a Clearwater dentist; and Joanie and Steve Sigal, co-founders of a Clearwater marketing company, SJS Associates. The two couples also have contributed to local, state and congressional candidates, most of them Republicans.

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[Last modified: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:52pm]

    

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