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Crist picks up free Miami media before getting major donor bucks

Gov. Charlie Crist made a hastily arranged stop at the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade to pick up a little media time before he was scheduled Thursday evening to pick up loads of cash at a Republican Party of Florida fundraiser hosted by trial lawyer Scott Rothstein in Fort Lauderdale.

Minimum contribution: $1k, $5k for the lobbyists and money men who are tapped to be on the host committee.

The reception honoring Crist is designed to get more federal money elections money, which is tougher to raise. Those who give now can have their donation docked against the RPOF Statewide Finance Committee commitment (which is just short of a gozanta-gillion dollars).

Crist spokeswoman Erin Isaac would neither confirm nor deny Crist's attendendace at the event in his honor, but said he wouldn't be in the Hamptons tomorrow for another RPOF fundraiser ($5k a head) at the home of real-estate moghul Howard Lorber in Southampton, NY. (Maybe the event was reskedded?)