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SECURITY, AND COSTS, TRAVEL WITH CRIST

They shadow Gov. Charlie Crist everywhere: the well-dressed, expressionless agents who provide physical protection for the governor.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents even escort Crist to personal events, which means Florida taxpayers are on the hook for security when Crist is at private homes raising money for his U.S. Senate campaign. (Previous governors had the same level of security.)

Which raises a question: Because Crist is careful to avoid using state aircraft to get to personal and political events, should Crist's campaign repay the state for security at nonofficial events? No, he says.

"I think their purpose is predicated upon not what I'm doing, but rather keeping me and my family safe," Crist said. "It's a policy decision that I assume the Legislature made years ago for every governor."

Crist has shattered fundraising records, hauling in $4.3 million in just one quarter ending June 30.

Over three days in July, the FDLE spent $6,524 to protect him, a stretch during which he had multiple fundraisers.

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