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Developers and casino backer hold Colorado fundraiser for Crist

Money baqs Gov. Charlie Crist, recently back from a weekend fundraiser in New York, jets off to Aspen, Colorado this weekend for a $2,400 per person fundraiser at the Colorado home of Debbie and Brent Sembler. Attire: "Colorado Casual,'' the invite suggests.

Sembler is vice chairman of the Sembler Company, a Tampa shopping center developer,  and his host committee includes a line-up of other prominent developers and their wives: Marcy and Art Falcone, Debra and Ron Weisser and Heidi and Michael Baumann.

Ron Weisser is CEO of Lindell Properties, which is developing a 44-acre mixed use development in Westshore Independence Park in Tampa. Micheal Baumann is a Miami Beach developer. And Art Falcone is the Boca Raton businessman and one of two principal investors in the Miami Worldcenter Group, the 25-acre development slated for downtown's Park West area.

Falcone and partner Marc Roberts also bankrolled a petition drive to amend the state constitution to allow for Las Vegas-style casinos in Miami and at Miami Beach's famed Fontainebleau Hotel. More on that here. Although the petition drive appears to have stalled, the political action committee behind it -- the Committee on Critical Challenges -- has been writing monthly checks to the Fort Lauderdale law firm that is advising it.

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