Richard Swann, the Orlando fundraiser heading up efforts to raise $150,000 for Alex Sink's inaugural party on Jan. 2, said Thursday that the chief financial officer-elect has in fact set up a 527 committee, the Alex Sink Inauguration Committee, to accept donations for the event. Because she is setting up a 527 committee, Sink also plans to launch an inauguration website where she will disclose the names of those who are helping out. Sink has capped donations to her inaugural party at $5,000 each.
Sink's party has become the big event on the night of Jan. 2 since Governor-elect Charlie Crist abruptly canceled his inaugural ball that he planned for the same evening. Sink's event will be held at the University Center at Florida State University and will feature a cash bar, coffee, coffee drinks and desserts only since the party does not start until 9 p.m.