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Crist Tops $600k for inauguration

Governor-elect Charlie Crist scrapped his inauguration ball and capped donations to his inauguration committee, but his team has still collected $610,380 so far to pay the bills. Donations are now capped at $10,000, but that doesn't mean that some people haven't found ways to be generous to the incoming governor.

For example, U.S. Sugar gave $10,000 and two of its citrus companies also each kicked in $10,000, while there are two $10,000 donations from Jacksonville real estate developer Hutson Land Co. Members of the Sembler family of St. Petersburg kicked in $25,000, while the gambling industry has put in $36,000, thanks to donations from the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders political committee and Wilbur Brewton, a lobbyist for Calder Race Course.

Other donations of note: A $10,000 check from the FEA Solidarity Fund, an account run by Florida's teacher union, $10,000 from Progress Energy, $10,000 from the Florida Police Benevolent Association and $20,000 from different accounts controlled by the Florida Association of Realtors.


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