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Aronberg's Q2 is $264k; Gelber calls for 11 debates

In the Democratic primary for AG, Dave Aronberg just announced his latest fundraising total: $264,000, bringing him up to $1.1 million total raised. His campaign claims he leads all other candidates, Republican or Democrat, in the race. He's got about $650,000 in the bank.

His primary rival and fellow senator, Dan Gelber, has not yet released his fundraising number. His campaign said they are still calculating the final totals. But his campaign has called on Aronberg to participate in 11 debates -- one in every media market in Florida.

"Since both our campaigns will have limited resources and unable to saturate the airwaves like other statewide candidates, I suggest that Sen. Dave Aronberg joins Sen. Dan Gelber in hosting a debate in each of Florida's eleven media markets. This will ensure that Floridians in every part of the state have an opportunity to learn about each of the Democratic AG candidates," writes Gelber's campaign manager Christian Ulvert.


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Lt. Col. West 'blacklisted' from charity gala
Claims Democrat challenger's wife 'prodded' sponsors to complain

Posted: July 23, 2010
12:30 am Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Lt. Col. Allen West

Allen West, a retired U.S. Army officer and GOP candidate for Congress in Florida, claims he was disinvited from a high-profile charity fundraiser after his Democratic rival's wife "prodded" donors to protest and "blackmail" the organization.

West, the GOP candidate for Congress in Florida's 22nd District, and his wife, Angela, had accepted an invitation from the South Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to be honored as South Florida Finest Couple on Sept. 24. They agreed to raise $10,000 for the foundation in accepting the nomination.

However, West said he received a phone call from the executive director of the foundation requesting that he and his wife withdraw from the affair.

"She informed me that she has received complaints from certain individuals who have threatened to withdraw their support to the Cystic Fibrosis gala event if Angela and I are honored," West wrote in a July 19 letter to event Chairman William Lewis posted on Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs blog. "She humbly asked if I would agree to step down and allow the event to proceed and not disrupt the support to the foundation. These individuals have called and complained to the National Foundation decrying 'politicizing' of the event."

West said he was told the foundation could lose as much as $200,000 if it kept him on the list. His name has been removed from the foundation's list of honorees. In his letter, he demanded a formal letter of apology to his wife.

West also said he has evidence that the person behind the complaints to the foundation was the wife of his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ron Klein.

"It has come to my attention that the McCloskey and Levy families are the donors who have threatened to withdraw support due to prodding from the wife of Congressman Ron Klein," he wrote. "I find this reprehensible, disgusting, despicable, and petulant … but indicative of the hideous side of South Florida politics which I condemn. There is proof of this, to include an email trail, and I would appreciate your honesty when this becomes a topic of inquiry."

Klein's office neither released a statement on the allegations nor returned WND's requests for comment.

However, one of the donor families named in the letter blasted West in a comment on the foundation's Facebook page. Andrea Levy wrote:

I have cystic fibrosis and my family has been supporting the foundation for 20 years now. We are dedicated to foundation in their efforts to improve my quality of life and the lives of 30,000 others. … Allen West is speaking lies about my family and it hurts me deeply. As someone who is directly dealing with the disease, my family would NEVER I repeat NEVER withdraw their support for CFF for any reason EVER. The truth is the CFF asked that he step down from being honored since he is a political candidate and the election is 6 weeks after the event. As a non profit organization, they are not suppose to involve themselves in politics and it gives the impression that the foundation is endorsing a candidate. Don't believe everything you read! My family and Congressman Klein have done nothing wrong. The foundation simply asked Allen West to kindly step down and this is the maturity that he shows!
The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reported Klein invited Levy to Washington, D.C., to attend President Obama's September 2009 speech in favor of national health-care reform

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