Governor-elect Charlie Crist released the first list of donors to his inauguration committee on Friday night. Crist's committee reported receiving $275,100 for the inauguration _ which is expected to cost anywhere from $2.5 million to $3 million.
The list of donors includes private prison contractor The Geo Group, which gave $50,000, while U.S. Sugar also kicked in $50,000. Boca Raton aviation company Trigeant Air gave $100,000. Powerhouse Fort Lauderdale law firm Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky Abate donated $25,000 while Tallahassee law firm Bryant Miller & Olive gave $10,000. Oviedo agriculture giant A. Duda & Sons donated $25,000.
Crist's inaugural committee has pledged to keep releasing the names of its donors on a weekly basis until it files a complete report of all donations and expenses to the state within 90 days of the inauguration events.