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Jackson hospital bond campaign raises $1.3 million

@dchangmiami

Citizens for a Healthy Miami-Dade, the political action committee pushing for voter approval of $830 million in upgrades to Jackson Health System, raised $1.3 million during the three months ending Sept. 30, according to a campaign finance report filed Thursday with the county’s elections office.

With a special election scheduled for Nov. 5, voters have begun to see billboards, TV ads and even planes flying banners urging them to “Vote Yes’’ on the referendum. Jackson officials have said the upgrades, financed by a property tax hike, will allow the system to improve the hospital system’s aging facilities and expand its reach.

Among the donors are well-known South Florida philanthropists, such as banker Leonard Abess, who gave $50,000; billionaire car dealer Norman Braman, who gave $25,000; and businessman Kirk Landon, who also gave $25,000.

The campaign’s most generous donor for the period was Lennar CEO Stuart Miller, who made two donations of $100,000 each.

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