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Crist not returning money tied to Sargeant or his partner

Gov. Charle Crist, in Jupiter today for the opening of the Scripps Florida Research Institute, was asked whether he or the state party would return any contributions tied to Palm Beach County donor Harry Sargeant or his Jordanian business partner indicted on charges of illegal fundraising.

"Well, we looked at that early on, and uh, I don't have an account anymore,'' he said.

Crist shook his head when asked whether he had been contacted by investigators.

The Republican Party of Florida replaced Sargeant as finance chairman last month.