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Campbell gets matching funds

   Democrat attorney general candidate Walter “Skip” Campbell finally collected state matching funds on Friday, but not the full $380,000 his campaign said last week he’s due.

   Instead, Campbell got $229,320.

   A paperwork screw-up kept Campbell from seeing a dime last week when the first wave of $6.5 million in matching funds was sent to statewide candidates by the Florida Division of Elections. Campbell's Republican opponent, Bill McCollum, got $507,000 in matching funds .

   Campbell campaign manager Jeff Garcia said then that a mistake had been made in applying for the funds, and took the blame. Since, he’s wrangled with Tallahassee bureaucrats to get them to show the campaign some money.

   "I went back and forth with them while trying to fix the mistakes. I said, ‘Can you at least send me the part I didn’t screw up so I can stop getting press calls asking why I don’t have matching funds?"' Garcia said Friday afternoon.

   The division delivered. But reporters are likely to keep calling for a couple of weeks. That’s how long Garcia guessed it would take before the campaign gets the other $150,000 it’s due.


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